By Peter Jacobs
From the outlet day of hostilities, RAF Bomber Command took the offensive to Nazi Germany and performed a number one function within the liberation of Europe. Yorkshire’s airfields performed a key half all through, in the beginning as domestic to the Whitley squadrons of No four staff after which to the four-engine Halifax heavy bombers; certainly, Bomber Command’s first evening operation of the struggle was once flown from one of many county’s many bomber airfields. Then, because the bombing offensive accumulated speed, Yorkshire welcomed the recent all-Canadian No 6 (RCAF) staff, and then all of Bomber Command’s significant efforts in the course of the toughest years of 1943/44 – opposed to the Ruhr, Hamburg and Berlin – concerned the Yorkshire-based squadrons.
Most of Yorkshire’s wartime bomber airfields have long past, yet many have controlled to preserve the flying hyperlink with their wartime previous. for instance, the previous RAF airfields of Finningley and Middleton St George, and the manufacturing unit airfield of Yeadon, at the moment are the websites of overseas airports, whereas Breighton, Burn, complete Sutton, Pocklington and Rufforth are nonetheless used for gentle plane flying or gliding and Elvington is domestic to the great Yorkshire Air Museum.
From airfields resembling those got here numerous acts of non-public braveness and self-sacrifice, with males being offered the Victoria move, Britain’s optimum award for gallantry. tales of either males are integrated, as are stories of different personalities who introduced those airfields to existence. The tales of thirty-three airfields are instructed in overall, with a short historical past of every followed through info of ways to discover them and what is still of them at the present time. no matter what your curiosity, be it aviation historical past or extra neighborhood, the county of Yorkshire has rightly taken its position within the historical past of Bomber Command.
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