BREIGHTON

Opened in 1942 as part of No1 Group, Bomber Command, Breighton became a satellite for Holme-on- Spalding-Moor. The first squadron to move in was 460 Royal Australian Air Force equipped with Wellington Mk IV's.

September saw 460 move to Holme-on-Spalding-Moor to convert to 4 engined bombers and later returned equipped with Lancasters and Manchesters.

In 1943 460 moved to Binbrook, Lincolnshire and Breighton was transferred to No4 Group, Bomber Command with No78 Squadron moving in with Halifaxes from Linton-on-Ouse where it remained until the end of the war.

In 1945, along with the rest of No4 Group, 78 Squadron was transferred to Transport Command.

Breighton was maintained by the RAF until 1964 housing a Thor missile section and Bloodhound missile battery.

Today hardly any of the original buildings are left. The control tower has gone, all but one of the hangars has gone and most of the runways have been destroyed. One good thing for the old site and still with an aviation theme is The Real Aeroplane Company who now operate from part of the site.

Location: Ordnance Survey 106 SE720350

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