By Peter Jacobs
From the hole 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, before everything as domestic to the Whitley squadrons of No four team 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 amassed speed, Yorkshire welcomed the hot all-Canadian No 6 (RCAF) workforce, and then all of Bomber Command’s significant efforts through 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 gone, yet many have controlled to keep the flying hyperlink with their wartime earlier. 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 superb Yorkshire Air Museum.
From airfields comparable to those got here numerous acts of private braveness and self-sacrifice, with males being presented the Victoria pass, Britain’s optimum award for gallantry. tales of either males are integrated, as are stories of different personalities who introduced those airfields to lifestyles. The tales of thirty-three airfields are advised in overall, with a quick background of every followed by means of info of ways to discover them and what is still of them this present day. no matter what your curiosity, be it aviation heritage or extra neighborhood, the county of Yorkshire has rightly taken its position within the background of Bomber Command.
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