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OUSTON AIRFIELD

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  ALBEMARLE BARRACKS, RAF OUSTON
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A former World War Two and post-war military airfield, now an Army Barracks. The airfield is visible as a structure on air photographs. The airfield opened in 1941, initially as a Sector Headquarters for 13 Group of Royal Air Force Fighter Command. Later in 1943 it changed roles and was used for training: an Operational Training Unit of 12 Group used the airfield. The airfield was equipped with three tarmac runways, an aircraft hangar (Type J) and 8 Blister aircraft hangar variants. There was permanent accommodation for 1200 male and 582 female personnel, mainly located to the south of the flying field. The airfield was protected against ground attack by a number of pillboxes, (please see NZ 06 NE 88 to NZ 06 NE 95 and NZ 06 NE 98; and NZ 07 SE 19 to NZ 07 SE 23 for details). After the war the training role continued. In 1967 the airfield was used as a civil airport whilst Newcastle Airport was being modified. After this brief period of civilian use the Army took over the site as Albemarle Barracks. The site is a military area with a high level of security.

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