Opened: 1/1/43 - Closed: 30/6/48.
Information derived from RAF Squadrons (Jefford), RAF Flying Training & Support Units (Sturtivant et al),
Military Airfields of Britain - South Western England (Delve) and other books.
N.B. (det) means only a part of the unit was detached to here from its main base, and possibly only for part
of the period noted.
|Station Flt.||1944||1944||various inc Tiger Moth, Auster, Oxford|
|406 Sqdn.||14/4/44||17/9/44||Beaufighter VI, Mosquito XII & XXX|
|286 Sqdn. (det)||April 44||?||Hurricane, Defiant|
|415 Sqdn.(det)||8/544||12/7/44||Albacore||8 a/c|
|161 Sqdn.(det)||summer 44||Sept 44||Lysander||The Lysander part of the unit|
|Norwegian Training Base||Jan 45||10/11/45||Harvard IIb, Oxford, Cornell||to RNoAF (in Norway)|
- The History of Winkleigh Airfield 1939-1995 by Ron Cottey, published by Winkleigh Publications
- RAF Winkleigh - History of the World War 2 Airbase in a Devonshire village Link
- The general references listed on the RAF in Devon & Cornwall home page
Modelling Notes for individual aircraft
- Sqdn. Ldr. D.J. "Blackie" Williams was twice involved in claims for 2 victories in one day, the first on 29/30th April 1944 flying a Mosquito
XII coded HU.O (serial not known, SOME possible candidates are HK138, HK179, HK228, HK231) when he destroyed two Do217Ks attempting to attack Devonport with Fritz-X guided bombs and the second
on 21st July 1944 flying Mosquito XXX serial MM731 (code unknown but I wonder if it was 'S' as RCAF Squadrons lists MM751 as 'S' although the
Air Britain serials book MA100-MZ999 does not show MM751 as being issued to a squadron and 3 vs 5 is an obvious opportunity for the dreaded
misprint. If I build a model it will be 'S' unless someone tells me different.), again the victims were Do217s. On both occasions C.J. "Kirk" Kirkpatrick
was his navigator.
- NF.30 NT498 is listed as HU.P in Mosquito Illustrated Hisory Vol2 by Ian Thirsk on p 153
- More when I get a chance !
Sorry, there are no pictorial modelling references yet.