Construction work started on Burn in 1941 and opened in 1942 as part of No4 Group, Bomber Command.

In November of that year No431 Squadron, RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force), formed with Wellington B Mk Xs.

In July 1943 the unit was transferred to No6 Group and the station was suspended from operations for a time.

December saw the Austers of No659 Squadron arrive from York and January saw the Austers from No658 Squadron join them. February saw the station again returned to operational status and the Halifaxes of the newly formed No578 Squadron arrived from Snaith.

In 1944 one of Burns pilots, Pilot Officer Cyril Barton, was awarded the Victoria Cross (posthumously) for his part in bringing part of his crew back in a badly damaged Halifax after a raid on Nuremberg.

1946 saw the closure of the airfield, which was transferred to the War Department where thousands of surplus tanks and military vehicles were stored.

There is a public footpath that runs around the perimeter of the airfield and quite a few buildings can be seen on farmland SE of the original site (see map). Burn Glider Club operates from part of the old runway so if you are on the site be aware and stay away from active runways. After you have toured the site you might need some refreshment, which can be had at the Wheatsheaf Inn in Burn village.

Location: Ordnance Survey Map 105 SE603284.

Based at Burn MKII: After 50 Years the...

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