The Wartime Memories Project - RAF Woolsington

If you enjoy this site

please consider making a donation.

Search this site:


    Index of Memories.

    Index of Photographs



    Allied Forces

    Axis Forces

    Home Front

    Prisoner of War

    Secret Places of WW2

    Ships of WWII

    Women at War

    World War One


    How to add Memories

    Add Your Memories

    Can you Answer?

    Message Board

    View the Guestbook

    Sign the Guestbook

    Printable Memories Form


    School`s Study Center

    Children's Bookshop


    Your Family History

    Contact us






World War 2 Two II WW2 WWII


Woolsington Aerodrome, 5 miles NW of Newcastle, opened as a civil airport in July 1935 and requisitioned by the RAF on the outbreak of war. RAF Woolsington was a satellite of both Acklington and Ouston, the airfield's main wartime role was as the base of 83 Maintenance Unit which salvaged crashed aircraft over much of the region.

Durham University Air Squadron was formed on the 1st of February 1941 at Woolsington, the students undertook training on Royal Air Force University Short Courses. The aim of the short courses was to prepare students for war service with most of the training being orientated towards ground subjects with any flying being purely for air experience.

After the war civil flying resumed and the airport is now known as Newcastle International Airport.

Squadrons stationed at RAF Woolsington

  • No: 72 Squadron
  • No: 83 Maintenance Unit

The Wartime Memories Project would like to hear from anyone who was stationed at Woolsington during the war years, or anyone who lived nearby. We would love to hear your recollections of life on the base and the surrounding area.

Please contact us:

Click to send an email.
Click here to complete the online form.


If you have any Photographs you would like to share please get in touch.

List of those who served at RAF Woolsington during WW2

If you have any names to add to this list, or any recollections or photos of those listed, please get in touch.

If you have a story which you would like to share, or a website dedicated to an airfield or aircrew, please get in touch.

Send an E-mail to


Airfields Index

The Wartime Memories Project is a non profit organisation.

This website is run out of our own pockets and from donations made by visitors. The popularity of the site means that it is far exceeding available resources.

If you are enjoying the site, please consider making a donation, however small to help with the costs of keeping the site running.

Or if you would like to send a cheque please email us for the postal address..

Website and ALL Material Copyright MMII
- All Rights Reserved