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Report - RAF Church Fenton, Tadcaster - September 2016


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September 2016

This was the last stop on a day trip to Yorkshire, the site is located about 1 mile north of the small village of Church Fenton of where it takes its name from. Most of the site is now part of Leeds East Airport that is currently working towards commercial air port status, however the several buildings were not needed for the new air port so a fence was constructed through the middle of the property and just left. The land has not been flagged for housing, and with construction taking place around it it won't be long until it is flattened.



Plans for a new airfield adjacent to the village of Church Fenton were announced in June 1935, it was subject to protest from the local population particularly concerning the waste of valuable farming land and was close to an existing airfield 2 mi (3.2 km) away at Sherburn. Despite the protests construction started in early 1936 on the 260 acres (1.1 km2) site, a mixture of private and West Riding County Council-owned farm land.

On 1 April 1937 the station was declared open and on 19 April the first station commander Wing Commander W.E. Swann assumed command. Within two months No 71. Squadron RAF had arrived with the Gloster Gladiator.


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