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RAF Squires Gate was also called RAF Blackpool. The site has been used for aviation meetings since 1907. During the Great War a hospital was built on the site. Between teh wars the area was again used for flying with an airport being built in 1933.
At the outbreak of war the site was taken over by the RAF, with 63 Sqn flying Battles and 75 and 215 Sqn with Wellingtons. The Ministry of Aircraft Production built a Vickers Wellington shadow factory in 1940 2,584 Wellingtons were built on the site which closed in October 1945. A secondary assembly line was also set up at Stanley Park across the road.
Blackpool became the RAF's largest training area with camps at Weeton and Kirkham.
Today the site is used as Blackpool Airport and houses industry and a shopping centre
Squadrons stationed at RAF Squires Gate
- No: 63 Squadron. September 1939 to January 1940
- 75 Squadron September 1939 to January 1940
- No: 215 Squadron. September 1939 to January 1940
- No: 3 School of General Recconnaissance. Dec 1940
- No: 96 Squadron.
- No: 256 Squadron
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List of those who served at RAF Squires Gate during WW2
- Bernardus Maria Aarts dutch 3 SGR Sqd (d. 12/03/1942 )
- Joseph Berry. 256 Sqd. Read his story
- Squadron Leader G. H. Gatheral. C. O.
- ACW1 A V Rees
- Flying Officer D. S. Wallen.
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