USAAF Station AAF-492
|Bournemouth, Dorset in England|
Shown within Dorset
|Type||Royal Air Force station|
|Operator||Royal Air Force|
United States Army Air Forces 1944
|Controlled by||RAF Fighter Command 1941-44|
|In use||July 1941 - 1946|
|Battles/wars||European theatre of World War II|
|Elevation||10 metres (33 ft) AMSL|
Hurn was the final airfield in England for aircraft flying to Morocco for the North African and Italian campaigns, avoiding France, Spain and Portugal airspace.
Since 1969, it has also been called Bournemouth Airport. The RAF have returned to Hurn in the form of a temporary Outsourcing Contract for Multi-Engine Pilot Training to cope with limited capacity through normal Training Provisions using L3 Harris Airline Academy (2018 -).
The following squadrons were here at some point
Hurn was known as USAAF Station AAF-492 for security reasons by the USAAF during the war, and by which it was referred to instead of location. Its USAAF Station Code was "KU".
On 28 June 1944, Northrop P-61 Black Widow night fighters of the 422nd Night Fighter Squadron arrived from RAF Scorton, where their crews had been tutored in this particular aspect of air combat by the RAF. The detachment commenced operational flying on 3 July only to return to Scorton a week later.
The group's identification marking was a yellow diagonal band across both sides of the vertical tailplane. It moved the Advanced Landing Ground at Gorges, France, (A-26) on 19 August
The airfield was closed by the RAF in October 1944 and turned over for civil use.
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