Acaster Malbis was something of a location disaster as airfields go, constructed far too close to the River Ouse the site was plagued by mists making operations almost impossible.

The airfield opened in 1942 as part of No12 Group, Fighter Command, as a satellite to RAF Church Fenton.

The first unit to arrive was No601 Airacobras, not a very popular aircraft with this unit.

Combinations of technical problems with the aircraft and the bad weather conditions resulted in many serious accidents.

Next to take over the airfield was No21 Group, Flying Training Command and the Airspeed Oxfords of No15 Advanced Flying Unit moved in. The misty conditions again proved a problem and slowly losses mounted. The airfield, again, deemed unsuitable for training purposes now.

In 1943 the airfield closed and despite the absolute unsuitability and losses encountered, the site was developed as a heavy bomber station as part of No4 Group Bomber Command. Concrete runways were constructed, hangars added and accommodation blocks built.

The airfield was only used by flying units for circuit training and eventually became a bomb storage depot.

The station finally closed in 1946 and most certainly was a failure from the start.

The site is still worth a visit, the control tower (which is a rarity in itself) and part of the domestic site still remain. On a recent visit it seemed that some of the runways are now being ripped up, presumably to return to agriculture.

This is a map of the orignal layout of acaster malbis airfield. It shows the positions of 3 runways, one roughly south east to north west, one south west to north east and one east to west. In the north east section of the map the control tower and technical site is concentrated. There is a perimeter track running around the whole site where aircraft dispersals would have been. On this map are hot spots linking to other pages in this section of the web site.


This is a hot sot linking to page 3 of the acaster malbis section and shows a view of one of the runways looking from south east to north west.This is a hot spot linking to page 2 of the acaster malbis section and shows a view of the runway looking from east to west.Click here to go back to the airfields list.

You can find Acaster Malbis on Ordnance Survey Map one inch scale Sheet 105 SE577430.

This is a hot spot linking to page 4 of the acaster malbis section and shows the control tower.This is a hot spot linking to page 5 of the acaster malbis site and shows the fire tender shed.This is a hot spot linking to page 6 of the acaster malbis section, it shows part of the technical site.Click here to send us an email.

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