Linton-On-Ouse


No. 35 Squadron was stationed at RAF Linton-On-Ouse from 5th December 1940 to 17th August 1942


Location

RAF Linton-On-Ouse was situated approx. 9 miles north west of York, Yorkshire.

Construction / Layout

It was constructed in 1936 as part of the RAF Expansion Scheme (Scheme F) and it opened in May 1937.

It initially consisted of 5 “C” Type hangars, in the usual crescent shape along the edge of the grass flying field, with the technical and domestic sites behind them

1938 Layout (Source: “Bases of Bomber Command”)

In August 1939, work started on the construction of two concrete runways (1 x 1100yds, 1 x 1150yds) and a peritrack. PAN dispersals were gradually added around the peritrack.

[Source: David E Thompson  (From the book “Failed to Return” by Bill Norman)]

During the summer of 1942, work started on the construction of a third runway (1 x 1400yds) and the extension of the other two (1 x 2040yds, 1 x 1460yds).

It is not clear whether this work was completed prior to the squadron’s departure in August 1942.

Anotated Linton Aerial

A 1945 aerial photograph shows the airfield with the three runways, dispersals etc.

Beningbrough Hall

With the influx of airmen into RAF Linton-On-Ouse in April 1941, the Air Ministry requisitioned Beningbrough Hall (approx. 3 miles from the airfield) to accommodate all NCO air crew personnel.

Beningbrough Grounds {Source: DavidScottDiary.com]

Decoy Airfields

It is understood that decoy airfields were constructed at Wigginton (Q site for night decoy), Skipsea (K site for day decoy) and Bossall (Q/K site for night and day decoy)

Airfield Incidents

The following airfield incidents occurred whilst the squadron was based at RAF Linton: