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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.
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List of those who served at RAF Woolsington during WW2
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