POCKLINGTON

Although Pocklington was one of the Airfields allocated during the Expansion Plans of the 1930's it didn't open until 1941 as part of No4 Group Bomber Command. No405 Squadron RCAF moved in from Driffield with Wellingtons. In 1942 405 Squadron Conversion Flight was formed to convert crews to the Halifax with Halifax B Mk II's becoming operational not long after. This was the first Canadian unit to fly the Halifax in action.

April 1942 saw 405 move to Topcliffe in exchange for 102 Squadron which now became the resident unit.

In 1944 the unit swapped it's Halifax B Mk II's to B III's and was used in support of the D-Day forces landing in Normandy.

1945 saw 102 transferred to Transport Command and converted to Liberators before leaving Pocklington in the September and the base closed the following year.

Much of the site has been returned to farmland but the main area around the hangars has been converted into an industrial site and is mostly preserved. Pocklington gliding club use the only original runway.

Location: Ordnance Survey 106 SE790485

This is a link taking you back to the index page.This pic is a map of how Pocklington airfield would have looked from the air.This is a link to the page showing the hangars.The is a link to the fabric store.This is a link to a picture showing the last remaining part of the runway.This is a link to the airfield memorial.This is a link to a page showing various buildings on the airfield.

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