RAF Ayr was the designation of Heathfield Airfield (not the same as RAF Prestwick), occupying a site to the north of Ayr (Craigie) race course . Originally intended as a base for two day, and one night fighter units to protect shipping and ports. Although allocated to the 8th Air Force on 12 July 1943, it was not occupied by such units.
The land has now been turned over to housing and a retail park.
The 417th Night Fighter Squadron was activated 20 February 1943. After organisation and training at Kissimmee Air Base near Orlando, Florida, the 417th departed for oversees duty on 5 May 1943 on the Queen Elizabeth, arriving in Scotland six days...