SE6748 : Former R.A.F. Elvington: aerial 2014

taken 6 years ago, 3 km from Elvington, York, Great Britain

Former R.A.F. Elvington: aerial 2014
Former R.A.F. Elvington: aerial 2014
Originally a grass airfield, RAF Elvington was completely rebuilt with three hardened runways in 1942, as a sub-station of RAF Pocklington. Grouped with RAF Melbourne, the three airfields became known as ’42 Base’, within 4 Group.
The operational aircraft were Handley Page Halifax four-engined bombers operated by 77 Squadron RAF. The squadron took part in the Battle of the Ruhr and in many other operations aimed at the destruction of the German war industry. In early 1944, 77 Squadron moved to the newly opened airfield at Full Sutton and Elvington became host to two French Squadrons operating within No.4 Group: No. 346 (Guyenne) and No.347 (Tunisie). Both squadrons played a major part in the bomber offensive against Germany. Whilst at Elvington, 77 Squadron lost 82 aircraft and 450 aircrew (comprising of Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders as well as British) and this comprised more than half their fatalities during the whole war. 77 Squadron lost a total of 883 airman.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 16 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 20 July, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Educational sites  Derelict, Disused  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 670 482 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:55.5469N 0:58.8255W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 735 504
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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