RAF Church Fenton was a former RAF station located 4.3 miles south east of Tadcaster, near the village of Church Fenton. The station was opened in 1937 and during the Second World War was home to air defence aircraft, a role retained by the station until the 1960s when it became a training station. It closed in 2013 and is now a civilian airfield known as Leeds East Airport.
In addition to the immediate defences at the airfield itself Church Fenton was also protected by three night decoy airfields and one day decoy airfield: only eight of the 36 fighter stations in the country were considered significant enough to have a day decoy.
- Forces War RecordsAfter the war it at first retained its role as a fighter base, being among the first to receive modern jet aircraft, namely the Gloster Meteor and the Hawker Hunter. In later years, its role was mainly flight training, from 1973 for a few years being home to the Royal Navy Elementary Flying Training School (RNEFTS) using the Jet Provost T3, and again 1979-1992, triggered by the introduction of the Panavia Tornado, being the first station to receive the new turboprop-powered Short Tucano T1 basic fast jet trainers. From 1998-2003 Church Fenton was the RAF’s main Elementary Flying Training airfield
Last time I passed I noticed that most of this site is now in the final stages of demolition, Most of the buildings in the photos have now been levelled.
The hardest part about access to this site was finding a place to park, and even then that was fairly easy.
What I noticed first was this site was huge, bigger than I previously expected. I had seen reports about this site but was completely unaware to the actual size, which was quite a nice surprise.
Some of the site has, as usual, succumb to the local yobbos as I found when I walked around a corner and noticed door frames speared into plasterboard with 4 inch nails sticking out at roughly eye height.
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