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RAF SCAMPTON

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A military airfield opened between 1916 and 1918, with interwar rebuilding, used during the Second World War and thereafter. It was opened as a training depot for three Royal Flying Corps squadrons, but closed after the First World War in 1919. It was redeveloped as part of the Royal Air Force's "expansion programme" in 1936. During the Second World War the airfield was used as a bomber base and for a time it was the home of the "Dambuster" Squadron 617. In 1944 the runways were extended. Post-war the bomber role of the airfield continued with units flying Vulcan jet aircraft. The base was later assigned a training role and was used for this purpose by a number of units, including the Red Arrows display team. The current flying field appears to have been extended to the north east during the post-war "Cold War" period. Some Type C aircraft hangars remain (please see Monument Number 1388368 ).

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