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Winkleigh

Military site : airfield

RAF Winkleigh airfield was used by the Royal Norwegian Air Force from 1944.

Exact location unknown.

Detailed history

Located 8 miles north of Okehampton, Devonshire, RAF Winkleigh was a fighter airfield for most of its wartime existence. It gained its US Station Number in October 1943 when a detachment of Spitfires from the US 12th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron flew in to take part in exercises being carried out on the north coast of Devon to build up capabilities for the coming invasion of Europe.
That unit stayed until December 1943 but the USAAF retained an interest in Winkleigh through to late February 1945. The 74th Service Group handled US aircraft - mainly C-47s - in transit.

English Heritage's record description

Not yet known

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 20:35:37 MikeO Changes to history
Sources

The Military Airfields of Britain South-Western England; Ken Delve; Crowood Press Ltd;2006

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985)

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