RAF Mepal


RAF Mepal is a former RAF station located 0.7 miles (1.1 km) south of Mepal, Cambridgeshire, England and 5.9 miles (9.5 km) west of Ely. Construction commenced in July 1942 and opened in June 1943.[1][2]

RAF Mepal

Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
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Airport typeMilitary
OwnerAir Ministry/Ministry of Defence
OperatorRoyal Air Force
LocationMepal, Cambridgeshire
In use1943-1963
Coordinates52°23′44″N 000°07′11″E / 52.39556°N 0.11972°E / 52.39556; 0.11972
Mepal Airfield is located in Cambridgeshire
Mepal Airfield
Mepal Airfield
Location in Cambridgeshire
Direction Length Surface
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08/26 0 0 Concrete
05/23 0 0 Concrete
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Runway information[1]


Mepal first hosted No. 75 (NZ) Squadron RAF flying Short Stirlings and later Avro Lancasters.[3]

Tiger ForceEdit

It was used towards the end of the Second World War to prepare Avro Lancaster bombers squadrons such as No. 44 (Rhodesia) squadron for use in Tiger Force which was to bomb Japan.[4]

Thor missilesEdit

From 1957 PGM-17 Thor missiles were based at the airfield in the north east corner.[1][5]

Current useEdit

Very little remains of the original site, most of it razed to the ground after the USAF and their Thor missiles left. The site is now the Elean business park and is home to the world's only straw burning power station and a few manufacturing and warehousing operations. A small memorial plaque is in place at the entrance to the site.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Bomber Command - Mepal". Ministry of Defence - Royal Air Force. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Mepal". Control Towers. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Mepal". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  4. ^ "RAF Mepal". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  5. ^ "RAF Mepal Thor Missile Site". English Heritage - Pastscape. Retrieved 24 April 2012.

External linksEdit

  Media related to RAF Mepal at Wikimedia Commons

  • Royal Air Force - Bomber Command
  • Airfield Archaeology - Memorials