CHURCH FENTON

Church Fenton was designated a fighter station as part of the pre-war expansion scheme and formed part of No12 Group, Fighter Command.

Church Fenton opened in 1937 as a grass airfield and the first units to arrive were No72 with Gloster Gladiators and No213 with Gloster Gauntlets.

When war broke out the station was transferred to No13 Group, Fighter Command and 72 Squadron converted to the Spitfire Mk I. 72 then moved out to Leconfield but was replaced by a detachment of 245 Squadron from Leconfield and 242 Squadron which re-formed at Church Fenton with Hurricanes.

For the early part of the war Church Fenton was responsible for the protection of the East Coast and surrounding towns.

One of the most busy periods for Church Fenton was during the Battle of Britain when battle weary squadrons were sent here for relief and re-equipping although they were still responsible for the protection of the area.

A claim to fame for Church Fenton was the only Victoria Cross awarded to Fighter Command during the war and to one of it's own, Flight Lieutenant J B Nicholson.

Church Fenton remained a fighter station up until 1959 when it was transferred to Flying Training Command and in 1962 No7 Flying Training School was formed here with Jet Provost aircraft.

Today the station houses the Grob Tutor aircraft of the University Air Squadron and many rumours surround the future plans for the airfield.

There is a viewing area, indicated by the green circle on the map, to the south of the airfield.

Location: Ordnance Survey 105 SE530380

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