RAF Wittering


Royal Air Force Wittering or more simply RAF Wittering (ICAO: EGXT) is a Royal Air Force station within the unitary authority area of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and the unitary authority area of North Northamptonshire. Although Stamford in Lincolnshire is the nearest town, the runways of RAF Wittering cross the boundary between Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

RAF Wittering
Wittering, Cambridgeshire in England
The main entrance and BAe Harrier GR7A gate guardian
Strength is Freedom[1]
RAF Wittering is located in Cambridgeshire
RAF Wittering
RAF Wittering
Shown within Cambridgeshire
Coordinates52°36′45″N 000°28′35″W / 52.61250°N 0.47639°W / 52.61250; -0.47639
TypeAir combat support station
Area449 hectares
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
OperatorRoyal Air Force
Controlled byNo. 2 Group (Air Combat Support)
Site history
Built5 May 1916
In use1916 – present
Garrison information
Wing Commander Nicola Duncan
Airfield information
IdentifiersICAO: EGXT, WMO: 03462
Elevation83.3 metres (273 ft) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
07/25 2,759 metres (9,052 ft) Asphalt
Source: RAF Wittering Defence Aerodrome Manual[2]

History Edit

First World War Edit

Wittering's use as a military airfield dates back to 5 May 1916 when it began as RFC Stamford. The aerodrome was initially created for A Flight of No. 38 (Home Defence) Squadron.[3] In common with other Home Defence squadrons at the time it was used for training during the day and for air defence at night. From the flight's operational declaration in December 1916 until it deployed to France in November 1917, its BE2cs, RE7s, and FE2bs were involved in anti-Zeppelin patrols.[4]

The station's training role expanded when it became the Royal Flying Corps's No.1 Training Depot Station in 1917.[5] The neighbouring airfield, RFC Easton on the Hill, also dates back to 1916 and it became No. 5 Training Depot Station in 1917.[5] Following the formation of the Royal Air Force, Easton on the Hill became RAF Collyweston on 1 April 1918.[5] Stamford was retitled at RAF Wittering on 10 April 1918.[5]

Interwar period Edit

Flying Training Edit

RAF Wittering officially reopened in 1924 following an Air Defence Review in 1923. A significant amount of development took place to re-open the station including four new accommodation blocks for airmen, a corporals and airmen's institute, a Senior Non-Commissioned Officers' Mess, the Officers' Mess,[note 1] and a new guardroom. The station retained two aircraft hangars from 1917 and an aircraft repair shed. The Central Flying School was at Wittering from 1926 until 1935 being replaced by No. 11 Flying Training School until 1938.[6]

Preparation for War – Fighter Command Edit

In April 1938, the station became a Fighter Command station within No 12 Group. This conversion required another expansion with more land being purchased to the south and east of the station which closed the Stamford to Oundle road.[note 2] Further airmen's accommodation, airmen's mess, technical accommodation and station headquarters were constructed as was a sector control room to control fighter squadrons and anti-aircraft gun batteries within 12 Group's 'K' Sector. The airfield was enhanced with the construction of three new Type C (1934 variant) hangars.[7][8]

Second World War Edit

Flight Lieutenant M H Brown and Pilot Officer Chatham of No. 1 Squadron standing by the nose of a Hawker Hurricane Mark I at Wittering,. CH1566

During the Second World War, the station was very active during the Battle of Britain and the Blitz in 1940–41 in No. 12 Group[9] (controlled from RAF Watnall in Nottingham) as it was the main fighter station for a lot of the southern East Midlands, and fighters from the station would often patrol as far as Birmingham. During the Battle of Britain many squadrons were rotated through Wittering to spells in the south of England with No. 11 Group that was bearing the brunt of the battle. With many of the Luftwaffe raids during the Blitz taking part at night, Wittering-based squadrons were instrumental in the development of night combat techniques. These included the use of the Turbinlite aircraft which replaced the nose with a powerful searchlight insulated in the nose of Havocs and Bostons. In April 1943 No. 141 Squadron were moved in, operating de Havilland Mosquitoes.[10] 1943 also saw the station host 2 USAAF squadrons, albeit temporarily: 63 Fighter Squadron USAAF with its P47s operated from Wittering between January and March before moving to RAF Horsham St Faith; 55 Fighter Squadron operated its P38s and P51s from Wittering between August and March 1944 before moving to nearby RAF Kingscliffe.[11]

RAF Wittering after the attack on 14 March 1941. Bomb damage can be seen to the roof of the left-most hangar. The runway linking RAF Wittering to Collyweston Landing Ground had not yet been constructed. WWII IWM HU 91901

Emergency landing ground K3 was renamed as Collyweston Landing Ground in 1940 with the construction of some blister hangars, a perimeter track and some dispersals, although the next main fighter station further north was RAF Coleby Grange. Embry in Mission Completed states that in 1940 (the station's official history indicates that this was actually in 1941[12]), while used by 25 squadron, equipped with Beaufighter night fighters, the runway was extended from 1,400 yards to 3 miles long to reduce landing accidents at night and in bad weather.[5]

The Station's innovative role continued and developed throughout the war. It became the home of both fighter and gunnery research and development units working with new equipment and techniques. In addition, No. 1426 (Captured Enemy Aircraft) Flight (colloquially known as the RAFwaffe) was based at Collyweston Landing Ground with its wide range of captured Luftwaffe aircraft both evaluating their performance and touring allied bases. In January 1945, the captured enemy aircraft were removed.[13]

During the war, the airfield was bombed five times, with seventeen people being killed on 14 March 1941. Aircraft from the station downed 151 Luftwaffe aeroplanes and 89 V-1 flying bombs. Hugh Jenkins, Baron Jenkins of Putney served at the station, as did Andrew Humphrey (later Chief of the Defence Staff from 1976 to 1977, who flew Supermarine Spitfires with 266 Squadron).[14]

Post-war use Edit

Aerial photograph of Wittering airfield, 9 May 1944

Bomber Command Edit

Immediately after the war RAF Wittering, once again, transferred back to Fighter Command in 1946 providing a home to a variety of squadrons operating Spitfires, Mosquitos and Hornets. In 1948, the Station transferred back to Training Command for 2 years before Maintenance Command took responsibility to undertake some significant redevelopment between 1950 and 1952 as the Cold War saw RAF Wittering become a vital part of the United Kingdom's strategic nuclear deterrent under the control of Bomber Command in 1953.[15]

The current airfield was created by the merging of RAF Wittering and nearby Collyweston Relief Landing Ground, by the construction of a 1.7-mile runway between them in 1941. Conversion to a Bomber airfield saw the construction of a new concrete runway (slightly to the south of the 1941 runway), taxiways and dispersals (with further H-dispersals and QRA dispersals being added later) that still form the majority of the Station's aircraft operating surfaces. A wide-span Gaydon hangar for the Canberra B2 bombers was constructed along with a new control tower, avionics building and nuclear storage and maintenance facilities.[16]

RAF Victor B.2

In its new guise as a bomber station, RAF Wittering initially operated Avro Lincolns from 1953 although these were replaced by English Electric Canberras later that year.[15] The first British operational atomic bomb, the Blue Danube, was deployed to RAF Wittering in November 1953.[15] The first V-bombers (the Vickers Valiant, the Handley Page Victor and the Avro Vulcan) were delivered in July 1955. In 1957–58 tests were carried out on the first British hydrogen bomb. This was fitted into the existing Blue Danube casing, and four Valiant bombers flew out of Wittering to Christmas Island in the Pacific, one of them dropping the first device on 15 May 1957 on Operation Grapple.[17]

Until January 1969 two squadrons (100 and 139) of Victor B.2 bombers equipped with Blue Steel stand-off missiles were part of the QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) force of the RAF. Two nuclear armed aircraft were permanently on 15 minutes readiness to take off. They were parked within 100 m (110 yd) of the westerly runway threshold. In times of higher tension, four bombers could be stationed beside the runway on the ORP (Operational Readiness Platform). If the aircraft were manned they could all be airborne within 30 seconds, a feat often demonstrated at V force stations across the country. Since the incoming missile warning from the RAF Fylingdales BMEWS array was only four minutes before impact this ensured if the country came under attack, the bombers would be scrambled and able to retaliate.[18]

In 1968, the base became part of Strike Command. From October 1972 until August 1976, there were two squadrons flying the Hawker Hunter No. 45 Squadron[19] initially and then 58 Squadron as well.[19]

Harriers Edit

A Harrier is seen landing, at RAF Wittering, on a Forward Operating or MEXE Pad. The pad measures 100ft X 100ft and is made from prefabricated surface aluminium interlocking (PSAI) matting. The pads were used by novice pilots and veterans alike to practice the accuracy of their vertical landings.

From 1968 the station was known as the Home of the Harrier: the first Harriers arrived for No. 1(Fighter) Squadron in August 1969.[20]

In May 1971, four aircraft from 1(F) Sqn operated from HMS Ark Royal, the first time the Harrier had operated from an aircraft carrier, under Wing Commander (later Sir) Kenneth Hayr, later killed at the Biggin Hill airshow on 2 June 2001.[21]

In 1982, six Harrier GR3 aircraft were taken down to the Falklands on SS Atlantic Conveyor,[22] and survived the Exocet attack, later to board HMS Hermes in May 1982. In June 1982, 12 GR3 aircraft were flown from Wittering, via RAF Ascension Island and mid-air refuelling with Victor tankers, on an 8,000-mile journey to the Falklands in 17 hours, which set an RAF record. The Harriers were from 1(F) Sqn. On 27 May 1982, Sqn Ldr (later Gp Capt) Bob Iveson was hit by anti-aircraft fire from GADA 601's 35mm cannon, and he ejected seconds before his aircraft exploded in mid-air near Goose Green. He evaded capture for two and a half days before being rescued by helicopter.[23]

The Queen visited the station in June 1982 as part of the RAF Regiment's 40th anniversary celebrations.[24]

During January 1992, a new station museum opened in the original station church, which was built in 1944.[25]

It was announced in December 2009 that RAF Wittering was to become the sole operational base for the Harriers of Joint Force Harrier after the announcement that RAF Cottesmore was to close. However, as a result of the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the Harrier fleet was withdrawn in December 2010.[26]

In March 2019, the Ministry of Defence indicated that RAF Wittering, alongside RAF Waddington and RAF Leeming, was being considered as the future home of the RAF Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows.[27] In May 2020 however it was confirmed that the team would move to Waddington.[28]

Role and operations Edit

In 2016 the Ministry of Defence confirmed that the Station would be one of the RAF's 'well found centres of specialisation for' 'Support Enablers' along with RAF Leeming.[29]

Command Edit

The station is part of No 2 Group.[30] The station commander of RAF Wittering is currently Wing Commander Jeremy Case who assumed command from Group Captain Jo Lincoln on 10 June 2021.[31] The station's honorary air commodore is Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex.[32][33]

Royal Air Force Engineering and Logistics Support Enablers Edit

The station is the home of the RAF Support Force (the Royal Air Force's engineering and logistic Air Combat Service Support Units (ACSSUs)).[34]

Flying Training Edit

RAF Wittering hosts a number of units operating the Grob Tutor T1 training aircraft.

Previously the home of No 1 Training Depot Station (at Stamford aerodrome) and No 5 Training Depot Station (at Easton on the Hill aerodrome) of the Royal Flying Corps during World War 1 and then the Royal Air Force's Central Flying School and No. 11 Flying Training School between the World Wars. RAF Wittering's return to flying training was marked on 4 February 2015 with the arrival of Cambridge University Air Squadron and the University of London Air Squadron.[35] RAF Wittering is also the birthplace of the Royal Air Force Gliding & Soaring Association's Four Counties Gliding Club.[36]

Royal Engineers Edit

In November 2011 the Ministry of Defence announced that 44 Service personnel from HQ 12 (Air Support) Engineer Group, part of the Royal Engineers, would move from Waterbeach Barracks to RAF Wittering in 2012–13.[37]

Based units Edit

Flying and notable non-flying units based at RAF Wittering.[38][39][40]

Units Edit

Dates Unit Aircraft Comments
1916–17 'A' Flight No 38 (Home Defence) Squadron BE2c; RE7; FE2b Stamford
1917–19 No 1 Training Depot Station Bristol F2b; Avro 4504K Stamford/Wittering
1917–19 United States Detachment Elementary Flying School and 831st Aeroplane Repair Squadron DH6; Curtiss JN Stamford/Wittering
1917–19 No 5 Training Depot Station Snipe, Camel, Scout, RE8, DH9, DH9a Easton on the Hill/ Collyweston
1917–19 United States Aeroplane Repair Squadron Easton on the Hill/ Collyweston
1919–24 Care and Maintenance
1924–35 Central Flying School Avro 504K; Bristol Fighter; Snipe; Grebe; Gamecock; Siskin; Lynx; Hawker Tomfit; Hawker Hart; Bristol Bulldog; Fairy IIIF; Armstrong Whitworth Atlas; Vickers Victoria
1935–38 No 11 Flying Training School Tutor; Hart; Audux; Gauntlet; Fury
1938–40 No 23 Squadron Demon; Blenheim NF1
1938–40 No 213 Squadron Gauntlet II; Hurricane I
1938–40 No 610 Squadron Spitfire I
1940 No 1 Squadron Hurricane I
1940 No 32 Squadron Hurricane I
1940 No 229 Squadron Hurricane I
1940 No 74 Squadron Spitfire XII
1940–42 No 25 Squadron Beaufighter 1F
1940–43 No 151 Squadron Hurricane Iic; Defiant I & II; Mosquito NFII
1940–42 No 266 Squadron Spitfire I, IIa, IIb, & Vb
1941–42 No 1453 Flight Havoc (Turbinlite); Boston
1942–43 No 532 Squadron Havoc I (Turbinlite); Boston III; Hurricane IIb & IIc From No 1453 Flight
1942–43 No 1529 Beam Approach Training (BAT) Flight Magister
1942–43 No 485 Squadron Spitfire Vb New Zealand
1942–43 No 486 Squadron Hurricane IIb New Zealand
1942–43 No 616 Squadron Spitfire IIb & Vb
1942–43 No 1530 BAT Flight Airspeed Oxford
1943 No 141 Squadron Beaufighter VIF; Mosquito II
1943 63d Fighter Squadron USAAF P47 Thunderbolt
1943–44 55th Fighter Squadron USAAF P38 Lightning; P51 Mustang Walcot Hall
1943 No 118 Squadron Spitfire Vb
1943–45 No 1426 (Captured Enemy Aircraft) Flight Various German aircraft
1943–44 Air Fighting Development Unit

Naval Air Fighting Development Unit

1943 No 91 Squadron Spitfire XII
1943–44 No 438 Squadron RCAF Hurricane IV From No 118 Squadron
1944 Gunnery Research Unit Various
1944 No 658 Squadron Auster AOP III & IV
1944 Fighter Interception Unit

Night Fighter Interception Unit

Mosquito; Typhoon; Beaufighter
1944–45 Central Fighter Establishment Various
1945 No 68 Squadron Mosquito XVII, XIX & XXX
1945 Nos 109 & 110 Personnel Reception Centres
1946 No 219 Squadron Mosquito NF30
1946–47 No 19 Squadron Spitfire F21; Hornet I
1946–47 No 23 Squadron Mosquito NF30
1946–47 No 41 Squadron Spitfire F21; Hornet
1946–47 No 141 Squadron Mosquito NF36
1947–48 No 264 Squadron Mosquito NF36
1948–50 No 1 Initial Training School
1948–50 No 23 Group School of Instructional Technique
1950–52 Airfield Reconstruction
1952–53 Central Servicing Development Establishment
1953–68 Bomber Command Armament School
1953–54 No 49 Squadron Lincoln B2
1953–55 No 61 Squadron Lincoln B2; Canberra B2
1953–59 No 100 Squadron Lincoln B2; Canberra B2, B6, PR7, & B(I)8
1954–56 No 40 Squadron Canberra B2
1954–55 No 76 Squadron Canberra B2
1954–60 Bomber Command Development Unit Canberra; Valiant B1
1954–55 No 1321 Flight Valiant B1
1955–62 No 138 Squadron Valiant B1, B(PR)1, & B(PR)K1
1956–61 No 49 Squadron Valiant B1, B(PR)1, & B(K)1
1961–62 No 7 Squadron Valiant B(K)1 & B(PR)K1
1957–71 Bombing and Navigation Systems Development Squadron
1962–68 No 100 Squadron Victor B2 Blue Steel
1963–68 No 139 Squadron Victor B2 Blue Steel
1968–71 Strike Command Armament School
1969–71 No 230 Squadron Whirlwind HC10
1969–82 No 51 Squadron RAF Regiment
1969–70 Harrier Conversion Unit Harrier GR1, Hunter FGA9
1969–2000 No 1 (Fighter) Squadron Harrier GR1, GR3, GR5, & GR7
1969–83 No 15 Squadron RAF Regiment
1970–82 Headquarters No 5 Wing RAF Regiment
1970–92 No 233 Operational Conversion Unit Harrier GR1, T2, GR3, T4, & GR5 From Harrier Conversion Unit
1970 No IV (Army Cooperation) Squadron Hunter FGA9, Harrier GR1
1971–2000 RAF Armament Support Unit
1972–76 No 45 Squadron Hunter FGA9
1973–76 No 58 (Reserve) Squadron Hunter FGA9
1992–2010 No 20 (Reserve) Squadron Harrier GR7, GR9, & T10 From 233 Operational Conversion Unit
1995–2020 No 5131 (Bomb Disposal) Squadron
1999–2004 No 1 Tactical Service to Operate Headquarters
2001–06 No. 37 Squadron RAF Regiment
2004–15 Headquarters No 1 RAF Force Protection Wing From No 1 Tactical Survive to Operate Headquarters
2006– Headquarters No 85 (Expeditionary Logistics) Wing
2006– No 5001 Squadron Expeditionary Airfield Facilities
2006– No 2 Mechanical Transport Squadron
2006-7 Mobile Catering Support Unit
2006 RAF Armament Support Unit
2007–15 No 3 Squadron RAF Regiment
2007– Headquarters No 42 (Expeditionary Support) Wing
2007– No 1 Expeditionary Logistics Squadron
2007– No 3 Mobile Catering Squadron From Mobile Catering Support Unit
2010–11 No IV (Reserve) Squadron Harrier GR9 & T10 From No 20 (Reserve) Squadron
2012– No 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force
2012– Headquarters 20 Works Group Royal Engineers
2013– Headquarters 12 Engineer Group
2013–14 Headquarters Joint Force Support (Afghanistan) 16
2015– No 16 Squadron Tutor T1
2015– No 115 Squadron Tutor T1
2015– Cambridge University Air Squadron Tutor T1 Includes No 5 Air Experience Flight
2015– University of London Air Squadron Tutor T1

Station commanders Edit

The station commanders have been:

ATC tower
  • Group Captain Dudley Radford 1948
  • Group Captain John Woodroffe 1955-57
  • Group Captain Sir Alan Boxer 1958-9
  • Group Captain Leonard Trent 1959–62
  • Group Captain John Lawrence 1962-4
  • Group Captain Paul Mallorie 1964-9
  • Group Captain Peter Williamson 1969–70
  • Group Captain Alan Merriman 1970-2
  • Group Captain IH Kepple 1972–
  • Group Captain Laurence Jones 1975-6
  • Group Captain David Brook 1976-8
  • Group Captain AG Bridges 1978–1981
  • Group Captain P King 1981–1983
  • Group Captain Peter Dodworth March 1983– February 1985
  • Group Captain Peter Millar February 1985– 1986
  • Group Captain John Feesey 1986-8
  • Group Captain John Thompson 1988–1990
  • Group Captain Syd Morris 1990–1992
  • Group Captain PW Day AFC 1992–1995
  • Group Captain J Connolly 1995-7
  • Group Captain Chris Moran 1997-9
  • Group Captain David Haward 1998[note 3][41]
  • Group Captain Andre Dezonie 1999–2001
  • Group Captain A Kirkpatrick 2001-3
    486 Sqn (RNZAF) Hurricane in 1942
  • Group Captain M Jenkins 2003-5
  • Group Captain Ashley Stevenson 2005 – November 2006
  • Group Captain Rowena Atherton November 2006 – June 2008
  • Group Captain Paul Higgins June 2008 – December 2009
  • Group Captain Richard Knighton December 2009 – June 2011
  • Group Captain Richard Hill June 2011 – June 2013
  • Group Captain Damian Alexander June 2013 – June 2015
  • Group Captain Richard Pratley June 2015 – June 2017
  • Group Captain Tony Keeling June 2017 – August 2019
  • Group Captain Jo Lincoln August 2019 – June 2021
  • Wing Commander Jeremy Case June 2021 – February 2023
  • Wing Commander Nicola Duncan February 2023 –

Freedoms Edit

RAF Wittering has received the Freedom of several locations throughout its history; these include:

See also Edit

Notes Edit

  1. ^ 'The Station's Officers' Mess is one few that predates College Hall Officers' Mess at Cranwell
  2. ^ 'The road from the southern boundary of the Station to the A47 road is called the 'Old Oundle Road'
  3. ^ Group Captain Haward was named as the new station commander at RAF Wittering in December 1998. A week later, on 18 December 1998, his Harrier aircraft crashed near to Barnard Castle in County Durham. Gp Capt Haward died at the scene.

References Edit

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  2. ^ "RAF Wittering Defence Aerodrome Manual (DAM)" (PDF). RAF Wittering. Military Aviation Authority. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  3. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 37.
  4. ^ "RAF Collyweston". Collyweston Historical and Preservation Society. Retrieved 5 October 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d e "RAF Collyweston". Collyweston Historical Society. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
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  8. ^ Birtles 2012, p. 74.
  9. ^ Falconer 2013, p. 215.
  10. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 60.
  11. ^ "Library: Fact Sheet 55th Fighter Squadron". 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs. 10 July 2009. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  12. ^ Lloyd et al. 2016, p. 20.
  13. ^ Gosling, Peter (1 February 2003). "The Rafwaffe". Flight Journal. Archived from the original on 22 March 2006. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Marshal of the RAF Sir Andrew Humphrey". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  15. ^ a b c Birtles 2012, p. 75.
  16. ^ Historic England. "Gaydon hangar at RAF Wittering (1402766)". National Heritage List for England.
  17. ^ Oulton 1987, p. 223.
  18. ^ "Victors on Quick Reaction Alert". Britain at War. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  19. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 43.
  20. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 23.
  21. ^ "May 2001 crash". BBC News. 3 June 2001. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  22. ^ "1 Squadron in the Falklands". Raf.mod.uk. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  23. ^ "British Pilot Rescued Behind Enemy Lines". New York Times. 31 May 1982. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
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  25. ^ March 1993, p. 85.
  26. ^ "Last trip for one of Britain's iconic aircraft". BBC News. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
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  30. ^ "NO 2 GROUP". www.raf.mod.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
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  32. ^ Emma.Goodey (4 November 2015). "The Countess of Wessex". The Royal Family. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  33. ^ "Honorary Air Commodore Visits Wittering | Wittering View Online – RAF Wittering". www.witteringviewonline.co.uk. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  34. ^ "No 2 Group". Royal Air Force. Retrieved 14 May 2023.
  35. ^ "Flying Squadrons Return to RAF Wittering". raf.mod.uk/rafwittering. Royal Air Force Wittering. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  36. ^ "RAF Wittering". Four Counties Gliding Club. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  37. ^ "First tranche of Army unit moves confirmed". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  38. ^ "RAF Wittering - Who's based here". Royal Air Force. Retrieved 28 April 2023.
  39. ^ "A History of Air Support Engineering: 20 Works Group RE (Air Support)" (PDF). British Army. p. 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 December 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2023.
  40. ^ "An introduction to...20 Works Group Royal Engineers" (PDF). Wittering View. Lance Publishing Ltd.: 18 Spring 2015.
  41. ^ "INQUEST: Crash pilot lost control". Peterborough Today. 13 December 2001. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  42. ^ "VIDEO: Freedom of the City parade is '˜Great Escape' for RAF Wittering's 100th anniversary". www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk.

Sources Edit

  • Birtles, P. (2012). UK Airfields of the Cold War. Midland Publishing. ISBN 978-1857803464.
  • Falconer, J. (2013). RAF Airfields of World War 2. Crécy. ISBN 978-1857803495.
  • Jefford, C.G. (1988). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912 (1st ed.). Shrewsbury, Shropshire: Airlife Publishing. ISBN 978-1853100536.
  • Lloyd, F.; Walsh, T.; Montellier, C.; Palmer, E. (2016). Royal Air Force Wittering – from century to century 1916–2016 (PDF) (Report). High Wycombe: Royal Air Force Air Media Centre. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 September 2017.
  • March, P. (1993). Royal Air Force Yearbook 1993. Fairford, UK: Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
  • Oulton, W. E. (1987). Christmas Island Cracker: An Account of the Planning and Execution of the British Thermonuclear Bomb Tests, 1957. London: Thomas Harmsworth. ISBN 978-0-948807-04-6. OCLC 15593703.

External links Edit

  • Official website
  • UK Military Aeronautical Information Publication – Wittering (EGXT)
  • Wittering View – station magazine