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Unit History: RAF Wyton

RAF Wyton
Opened - 1916, closed - 1919
 
Reopened - Jul 1936
 
The first sortie of WW2 took off from RAF Wyton as well as the first aircraft of the 1000 bomber raids on Germany. The Pathfinder Force was formed here and Wyton aircraft took part in the last Bomber Command raid on Germany.
 
Throughout 1951 and 1952 RAF Wyton was used as a transit base for American B-50 bombers.
 
Squadrons:
 
46 Sqn (1916)
65 Sqn (1916 - 1917)
31 (Training) Sqn (1916 - 1918)
54 (Training) Sqn (1917)
20 (Training) Sqn (1917)
104 Sqn (1917)
72 (Training) Sqn (1918 - 1919)
130 Sqn (1918)
119 Sqn (1918)
96 Sqn (1918)
156 Sqn (1918 and again in 1945)
120 Sqn (1918 - 1919)
117 Sqn (1918 - 1919)
211 Sqn (1919)
139 Sqn (1936 - 1939 and 1943 - 1944)
114 Sqn (1936 - 1939)
44 Sqn (1937 and 1946 - 1951)
40 Sqn (1939 - 1941)
15 Sqn (1939 - 1942 and 1946 - 1950)
57 Sqn (1940)
730 (Ground Defence) Sqn (1941 - 1942)
2730 Sqn RAF Regiment (1942)
109 Sqn (1942 - 1943)
83 Sqn (11942 - 1944)
128 Sqn (1944 - 1945)
2763 Sqn RAF Regiment (1945)
163 Sqn (1945)
90 Sqn (1946 - 1950)
138 Sqn (1946 - 1950)
540 Sqn (1953 - 1956)
58 Sqn (1953 - 1970)
82 Sqn (1953 - 1956)
542 Sqn (1954 - 1955)
543 Sqn (1955 - 1974)
51 Sqn (1963 - 1995)
Northern Communications Sqn (1969)
26 Sqn (1969 - 1976)
39 Sqn (1970 - 1982)
360 Sqn (1975 - 1994)
13 Sqn (1978 - 1982)
100 Sqn (1982 - 1993)
25 Sqn (1983 - 1989)
39 Sqn (1PRU) (1992 - 1993)
 
Other Units:
 
HQ, No 70 Wing (1940)
No 7 Group Communications Flt (1940 - 1942)
No 4 Blind Approach Training Flt (1940 - 1941)
No 1504 Beam Approach Training Flt (1941 - 1942)
No 8 Group Communications Flt (1942 - 1945)
No 1499 Flt (1943)
HQ, No 53 Base (1943 - 1945)
No 1409 Flt (1944 - 1945)
Technical Training Command Communications Flt (1945 - 1946)
No 1688 Bomber (Defence) Training Flt (1946)
Ground Controlled Approach Operators School 1952 - 1953)
Canberra Air Race Flt (1953)
Radar Reconnaissance Flt (1955 - 1961)
Electronic Warfare Engineering and Training Unit (1971 - 1976)
Electronic Warfare and Avionic Unit (1976 - 1993)
No 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (1982 - 1992)
No 231 OCU (1982 - 1990)
’F’ Flt, 85 Sqn (1989 - 1990)
Canberra Standardisation and Training Flt (1990 - 1991)
Electronic Warfare Operational Support Establishment (1993 - 1995)
 
In April 1994 RAF Wyton ceased to be an independent unit and was merged with RAF Brampton
 
Headquarters Logistics Command (1994 - 1999)
Defence Logistics Organisation (1999 - 2006)
 
2 Squadron of No 1 Elementary Flying Training School
University of Cambridge Air Squadron
University of London Air Squadron
5 Air Experience Flight

Memories of RAF Wyton

(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)

543Sqn. RAF Wyton in 1957

Written by Allan Dandridge

Late in 1957 one of the Valiants was in the hangar undergoing servicing when it caught fire, ending up as a long pile of ash (fuselage) with the tailplane and upper fin, pressure cabin, and both wings resting on the hangar floor. Fire appliances from all local towns and airfields attended, with a crew from USAF Alconbury taking crash-crew duties because their equipment couplings did not match British ones.

RAF Wyton in 2002

Written by Anthony Daffurn

Does anyone remember the fire circa 1958-1959 in (I think) No4 hanger. I never did find out what or who caused it. I was walking back to my section past the hanger when it broke out. There was pandemonium and every Tom,Dick & Harry was dragging Canberras out from under the wings of the two Valiants that were parked in there one of which I am sure was on fire. Can anyone who was in the hanger tell me how it was caused. There were lots of rumors flying about,sabotage,fifth columnists and that sort of thing....WHAT REALLY HAPPENED ??

RAF Wyton in 1960

Written by Richard Stock

My name is Richard (Rick) Stock. I was stationed at RAF Wyton from July 1960-October 1961. I was a member of the Drifting Strangers rock band, along with Paul (Kookie) Allison, Pat Kealey, Peter Ritchie et al. Does anybody out there remember me or any others from the band?

RAF Wyton in 2008

Written by Bowen

I was posted to Wyton in August 1955 from airframe mechanic training at Kirkham. I was posted onto Radar Recce Flt,as an airframe mech on Lincoln aircraft.Radar recce flt.also had 3 canberras on the flt which were hangered in the same hanger in which the 543 sqdn Valiant blew up.
I went on a fitters course at Kirkham in 1957 and on completion of training refurned to R,R.Flt as a J/T.I went on a Victor Makers course in readiness for the change over from Lincoln to Victors. I stayed on R.R.Flt until 1959,when i was internally posted to Station Flt,for 3 months when i was posted to ASF on promotion to Cpl and ASF was starting to do 2nd line servicing on the Victors.I stayed in ASF until May 1961 when i was posted to Khormasker.
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