RAF Hutton Cranswick

 


The Sqn Logos are used and produced under licence from the MOD

 

RAF Hutton Cranswick was a World War II fighter airfield, situated to the south of Driffield and immediately south west of the village of Hutton Cranswick in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, opened in 1942 and closed in 1946.

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History


RAF Hutton Cranswick opened in January 1942 as a fighter airfield within 12 Group. Unusually for the time its three runways were concrete from new, many airfields in particularly fighter airfields were initially built with grass runways which were later upgraded to concrete.
Many squadrons rotated through the airfield including:



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610(14 Jan - 4 Apr 1942), 19(4 Apr - 6 May 1942), 308 (City of Kraków)(7 May - 1 Jul 1942, 7 Jul - 30 Jul 1942, 5 Jul - 7 Sep 1943),

316 (City of Warsaw)(30 Jul 1942 - 12 Mar 1943), 195(21 Nov 1942 - 12 Feb 1943), 306 (City of Torun)(13 Mar - 30 May 1943),

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302 (City of Poznan)(17 Apr - 1 Jun 1943), 315 (City of Deblin)(1 Jun - 5 Jul 1943), 234(9 Oct - 28 Dec 1943),

168(20 Sep - 10 Oct 1943) and 170(20 Sep - 11 Oct 1943).

 

No 291 Squadron (1 Dec 1943 - 26 Jun 1945)  at Hutton Cranswick from Nos.1613, 1629 and 1634 (AAC) Flights. Its main task was to provide target towing aircraft for anti-aircraft batteries along the East Coast until the end of the war and the squadron disbanded on 26 June 1945. other fighter squadrons continued to rotate through including:

 

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401, 403 (24 - 29 Feb 1944), 412 (5 - 20 Jan 1944), 441 (12 - 23 Apr 1944), 442 (24 - 30 Apr 1944),

 

(All Flying Spitfires)

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443 (27 - 8 Apr 1944) using Spitfires and 439 (11 - 20 May 1944) using Typhoons.

 

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The final unit to operate from Hutton Cranswick was 124 (27 Apr - 13 Jun 1945, 10 - 15 Jul 1945) 

Squadron using Spitfire IXs.

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Above:Spitfire IX

 

Hutton Cranswick was used by No 16 Armament Practice Camp for about a year until it finally closed in mid 1946.

 

 

 

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On 8th January 1943 the pilot of this aircraft was about to take off when he was forced turn to port to avoid a collission with the lead aircraft on a formation take-off, the aircraft struck a pile of frozen snow at edge of runway and port oleo broke away. The pilot continued with the take off run but on his return to Hutton Cranswick he made a crash landing on one wheel. This aircraft was presentation aircraft and carried the words of "Owerri Province of Nigeria". It was later repaired and damaged again on 9th March 1943 before being issued to 306 Squadron. The photograph above shows Spitfire R6960 after the mishap at Hutton Cranswick.

Pilot - Sgt Stefan Sztuka PAF (P/782831).

 

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Two unrecognized members of the unit at Hutton Cranswick. It background the Spitfire VB WX-J AR385, which was delivered to the 302 on April 17, 1943. A week later F/O Dec was killed in this aircraft during a training flight.