RAF Davidstow Moor facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsRAF Davidstow Moor
|Davidstow, Cornwall in England|
RAF Davidstow Airfield - 2 June 1951
|Type||Royal Air Force station|
|Operator||Royal Air Force|
|Elevation||294 metres (965 ft) AMSL|
Royal Air Force Davidstow or more commonly RAF Davidstow Moor is a former Royal Air Force station located 2.9 miles (4.7 km) north east of Camelford, Cornwall and 11.5 miles (18.5 km) west of Launceston, Cornwall, England.
It was used from late 1942 until 1954 and despite a few periods of intense activity it was one of Coastal Command's lesser used airfields.
The land was acquired in 1941 and a three-runway airfield with extensive dispersal areas was constructed in the first half of 1942. Despite the moorland conditions, construction was reasonably straightforward, although it did involve the removal of various field boundaries, the closure of minor roads and some drainage work.
RAF Davidstow Moor closed in December 1945 at the end of World War II and many of the buildings including the hangars were soon removed. It became a motor racing circuit, known as Davidstow Circuit and in the early 1950s three Formula One races were held there (the Cornwall MRC Formula 1 Races) including the first success for the Lotus marque.
|Squadron||Dates stationed||Planes used||Duties|
|53 Sqn||1 January 1943 – 18 February 1943||Lockheed Hudson|
|144 Sqn||10 May 1944 – 1 July 1944||Bristol Beaufighter||Covered the west flank of the Normandy landings.
Helped to destroy the German naval forces in Western France
|206 Sqn||18 March 1944 – 12 April 1944||Consolidated Liberator, Boeing Fortress|
|269 Sqn||8 January 1944 – 8 March 1944||Lockheed Hudson, Supermarine Walrus||Air-sea rescue duties|
|281 Sqn det||December 1943 - February 1945||Vickers Warwick||Air sea rescue duties|
|282 Sqn||1 February 1944 – 19 September 1944||Vickers Warwick||Air sea rescue duties|
|304 Sqn||7 June 1943 – 13 December 1943||Vickers Wellington||Anti-submarine patrols over the Bay of Biscay|
|404 Sqn RCAF||8 May 1944 - September 1944||Bristol Beaufighter|
|524 Sqn||7 April 1944 – 1 July 1944||Vickers Wellington||Patrols against E-Boats off the French coast|
|547 Sqn||31 May 1943 – 25 October 1943||Vickers Wellington||Anti-submarine patrols over the Bay of Biscay|
|612 Sqn||12 April 1943 – 25 May 1943||Vickers Wellington||Anti-submarine patrols over the Channel and the Bay of Biscay|
|845 Naval Air Squadron|
|1603 (AAC) Flt||16 December 1942 – 27 January 1943||Hawker Henley||Target towing|
A number of RAF Regiment units were also posted here at some point:
- 1329, 1330 & 1331
- 2708, 2731, 2738, 2743, 2748, 2776, 2778, 2786, 2792, 2793, 2796, 2802, 2810, 2886, 2889, 2954 & 2955
The disused former watch office/air traffic control tower is clearly visible on the airfield.
The airfield is still partly used by microlights and motor gliders with three runways in use. The runway lengths and directions are: 02-20, 395m, 06-24, 489m, 12-30, 1,450m. PPR (prior permission required) is essential for this site. It is currently run by Davidstow Flying Club.
Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall at War Museum
The Davistow Airfield and Cornwall at War Museum has been set up to commemorate the work and people of RAF Davidstow Moor.
It is located next to a creamery where Davidstow and Cathedral City cheeses are produced. Many exhibits cover life in World War II in Cornwall, including other airfields along the North Cornwall coast, the Royal Navy, Army and civilian services, and life on the home front. Other exhibits include artifacts from the Royal Observer Corps and the Light Infantry, vehicles and weapons. An impressive new hangar was completed in 2016 and now houses a growing collection of larger exhibits including a Fairey Gannet and Hawker Hunter F.6 aircraft, the cockpit section of a DH Vampire T.11 as well as a number of rare airfield and military vehicles.
Davidstow Moor RAF Memorial Museum
The adjacent yet separate Davidstow Moor RAF Memorial Museum is located in the former sergeants' shower block and focuses on the airfield's history during World War II using archive photographs and memorabilia.
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