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This list of RAF Stations is a comprehensive list of all stations, military airbases, airfields, and administrative headquarters of the Royal Air Force - past and present.

Note- current RAF Stations will be listed under the currently recognised counties of the United Kingdom, or overseas countries, whereas former RAF Stations will be listed under any former county or country name which was appropriate for the duration of operation.
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Contents

Current Royal Air Force Stations

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United Kingdom

Station Location Notes
RAF Henlow Bedfordshire Now part of the combined RAF Brampton Wyton Henlow
RAF Stanbridge Bedfordshire Now a satellite station of RAF Brampton Wyton Henlow
RAF Welford Berkshire
RAF Woodley Berkshire
RAF Halton Buckinghamshire
RAF High Wycombe Buckinghamshire
RAF Brampton Cambridgeshire Now part of the combined RAF Brampton Wyton Henlow
RAF Wittering Cambridgeshire
RAF Wyton Cambridgeshire Now part of the combined RAF Brampton Wyton Henlow
RAF St. Mawgan Cornwall
RRH Portreath Cornwall
RAF Spadeadam Cumbria
Royal Marines Base Chivenor Devon Formerly RAF Chivenor, the RAF now maintains only a Search and Rescue flight (22 Squadron)
RAF Fairford Gloucestershire
Defence CBRN Centre, Winterbourne Gunner Wiltshire Managed by RAF Strike Command
RAF Oakhanger Hampshire
RAF Odiham Hampshire
RAF Barkway Hertfordshire
Northwood Headquarters Hertfordshire
RAF Barkston Heath Lincolnshire
RAF Cranwell Lincolnshire Home to the RAF College Cranwell
DCAE Cosford Staffordshire Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering Cosford, formerly RAF Cosford
RAF Digby Lincolnshire Tri - service command establishment (and also US tri-service presence) (Originally named RAF Scopwick)
RAF Coningsby Lincolnshire
RAF Donna Nook Lincolnshire
RAF Holbeach Lincolnshire Bombing range
RAF Scampton Lincolnshire Home to the Red Arrows
RAF Waddington Lincolnshire
RAF Wainfleet Lincolnshire Bombing range
RAF Northolt London Home of The Royal Squadron
RAF Uxbridge London
RAF West Drayton London
RAF Woodvale Merseyside
RAF Feltwell Norfolk United States Air Force support use
RAF Marham Norfolk
RAF Neatishead Norfolk Radar station
RAF Trimingham Norfolk Remote station of Neatishead
RAF Croughton Northamptonshire United States Air Force radar station
RAF Boulmer Northumberland
RAF Syerston Nottinghamshire
RAF Barford St John Oxfordshire
RAF Benson Oxfordshire
RAF Brize Norton Oxfordshire
RAF Weston-on-the-Green Oxfordshire
RAF Cottesmore Rutland
RAF Cosford Shropshire RAF Museum
RAF Shawbury Shropshire
RAF Ternhill Shropshire
MoD Stafford Staffordshire Formerly known as RAF Stafford
RAF Honington Suffolk Used predominantly by the RAF Regiment
RAF Lakenheath Suffolk Occupied by the United States Air Force
RAF Mildenhall Suffolk Occupied by the United States Air Force
Wattisham Airfield Suffolk Formerly RAF Wattisham, the RAF now maintains only a Search and Rescue flight (B Flight, 22 Squadron) on this Army Air Corps airfield.
DMRC Headley Court Surrey The Defence Medical Services (DMS) "Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre" (DMRC) (formerly RAF Headley Court)[1]
MoD Boscombe Down Wiltshire Formerly RAF Boscombe Down now a MoD site
RAF Lyneham Wiltshire
RAF Holmpton East Riding of Yorkshire
RAF Leconfield East Riding of Yorkshire
RAF Church Fenton North Yorkshire
RAF Dishforth North Yorkshire Also used by the British Army (AAC Dishforth)
RAF Fylingdales North Yorkshire
RAF Leeming North Yorkshire
RAF Menwith Hill North Yorkshire United States Air Force
RAF Staxton Wold North Yorkshire
RAF Topcliffe North Yorkshire
RAF Linton-on-Ouse North Yorkshire
RRH Benbecula Scotland
RAF Buchan Scotland
RAF Kinloss Scotland
RAF Leuchars Scotland
RAF Lossiemouth Scotland
RAF Prestwick Scotland
RAF Tain Scotland
RAF Pembrey Sands Carmarthenshire Bombing range
RAF Sealand Flintshire
RAF Mona Isle of Anglesey
RAF Valley Isle of Anglesey Incorporates Anglesey Airport
MoD St Athan Vale of Glamorgan Formerly known as RAF St Athan
JHC (Joint Helicopter Command) Aldergrove Northern Ireland Formerley RAF Aldergrove, but now does not have any permanent RAF lodger units. Incorporates Belfast International Airport.
MoD West Freugh Scotland (Wigtownshire) Formerly known as RAF West Freugh. Bombing and Test Ranges, also training area for maritime/landing operations.

Overseas

Station Location Notes
RAF Ascension Island Ascension Island
RAF Akrotiri Cyprus Within the Sovereign Base Areas
RAF Troodos Cyprus Within the Sovereign Base Areas
RAF Mount Pleasant Falkland Islands
RAF Nordhorn Germany
RAF Gibraltar Gibraltar Occupies same site as Gibraltar Airport
RAF Al Udeid Qatar

Former Royal Air Force Stations

England

Bedfordshire

Berkshire

Buckinghamshire

Cambridgeshire

Cheshire

Cornwall

Cumberland

Cumberland was incorporated into Cumbria in 1974

Cumbria

Derbyshire

Devon

Dorset

County Durham

Essex

Gloucestershire

Hampshire

Herefordshire

Hertfordshire

Huntingdonshire

Kent

[2]

Lancashire

Leicestershire

Lincolnshire

London

  • RAF Regents Park

Middlesex

Norfolk

Northamptonshire

Northumberland

Nottinghamshire

Oxfordshire

Rutland

Shropshire

RAF Shawbury

Somerset

Staffordshire

Suffolk

Surrey

East Sussex

West Sussex

Warwickshire

Wiltshire

Worcestershire

Yorkshire

Scotland

Aberdeenshire

Angus

Argyll and Bute

Ayrshire

Berwickshire

East Lothian

Fife

  • RAF Donibristle
  • RAF Pitreavie Castle
  • RAF Anstruther

Orkney

  • RAF Grimsetter
  • RAF Hatston

Outer Hebrides

Perth and Kinross

Shetland

Wales

Bridgend

Cardiff

  • RAF Pengam Moors - later named Tremorfa Heliport in Cardiff Docks

Ceredigion

Carmarthenshire

Denbighshire

Flintshire

Gwynedd

Isle of Anglesey

Monmouthshire

Pembrokeshire

Swansea

Vale of Glamorgan

Wrexham

Northern Ireland

County Antrim

County Down

County Fermanagh

County Londonderry

County Tyrone

Isle of Man

Republic of Ireland

Overseas

Aden

Now Yemen

Afghanistan

  • RAF Kandahar

Algeria

  • RAF Maison Blanche

Azores (Portugal)

Bahrain

Belgium

  • RAF Ursel

Belize

  • RAF Belize

Bermuda

Borneo

  • RAF Labuan
  • RAF Tawau
  • RAF Kuching (Sarawak)

Burma

Present day Myanmar

  • RAF Hmawbi
  • RAF Meiktilla
  • RAF Mingaladon
  • RAF Pegu

Canada

Ceylon

Now Sri Lanka The number of RAF bases in Ceylon increased during the Second World War, and most were decommissioned after the war. However the RAF maintained bases in Sri Lanka until 1958.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands Cocos (Keeling) Islands

  • RAF Cocos Islands

Cyprus

Egypt

Falkland Islands

  • RAF Stanley

Faroe Islands

  • RAF Vaagar

France

During the Great War (1914-1918), and for a short period afterwards, there were at least 250 recognised airfields in France that the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Naval Air Service, and Royal Air Force used at various times.[5]

  • RAF Istres

Germany

Following the demise of the Cold War, and the subsequent re-unification of Germany, most former RAF bases were transferred back to the German Government, and many were also officially handed over to the Bundeswehr.

Gold Coast (Africa)

The Gold Coast became the independent country of Ghana in 1957

  • RAF Takoradi

Greece

Hong Kong

Iceland

British Indian Empire

RAF stations of the British Indian Empire were transferred to the respective Indian and Pakistani Governments upon partition and independence from the British Empire. Many are now used by the Indian Air Force, and Pakistan Air Force

situated in modern day Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan)
  • RAF Chittagong
  • RAF Comilla
  • RAF Cox's Bazaar
situated in modern day India
  • RAF Agra - now Agra Air Force Station, Uttar Pradesh
  • RAF Alipore
  • RAF Allahabad - now Bamrauli Air Force Station, Uttar Pradesh
  • RAF Amarda Road
  • RAF Ambala - now Ambala Air Force Station, Haryana
  • RAF Agartala - now Agartala Air Force Station, Tripura
  • RAF Arkonam
  • RAF Asansol
  • RAF Bangalore (aka RAF Yelahanka) - now Yelahanka Air Force Station, Bangalore, Karnataka
  • RAF Barrackpore - now Barrackpore Air Force Station, West Bengal
  • RAF Bhopal
  • RAF Car Nicobar - now Car Nicobar Air Force Station, Nicobar Islands, Indian Union Territory
  • RAF Chakeri - now Chakeri Air Force Station, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
  • RAF Cholovaram
  • RAF Delhi
  • RAF Dhubalia
  • RAF Digri
  • RAF Dum Dum - now Dum Dum Air Force Station, Calcutta, West Bengal
  • RAF Hakimpet - now Hakimpet Air Force Station, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  • RAF Imphal
  • RAF Jessore
  • RAF Jodhpur - now Jodhpur Air Force Station, Rajasthan
  • RAF Kalyan
  • RAF Kanchrapara
  • RAF Kohat
  • RAF Kolar
  • RAF Lahore
  • RAF Maharajpur - now Maharajpur Air Force Station, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
  • RAF Palam
  • RAF Poona - now Pune-Lohegaon Air Force Station, Maharashtra
  • RAF Ranchi
  • RAF Secunderbad
  • RAF Srinagar - now Srinagar Air Force Station, Jammu & Kashmir
  • RAF Tambaram - now Tambaram Air Force Station, Tamil Nadu
  • RAF Vizagapatam
situated in modern day Pakistan

Iraq

Italy

  • RAF Cagliari, (Sardinia)
  • RAF Decimomannu, (Sardinia)
  • RAF El Mas (Sardinia)

Japan

  • RAF Iwakuni

Jordan

Kenya Kenya

Libya Libya

United Kingdom British Malaya (now Malaysia Malaysia)

Maldives Maldives

Malta

Netherlands Netherlands

Nigeria

Nigeria gained independence in 1960

  • RAF Kano - now Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport
  • RAF Ikeja
  • RAF Maiduguri

Oman Oman

Pakistan

Palestine (Israel)

The former British Mandate of Palestine became Israel in 1948/49

Singapore Singapore

Sudan Sudan

  • RAF Khartoum
  • RAF Summit

Transjordan

The Transjordan was a British mandate territory until 1946 when it became the kingdom of Jordan

  • RAF Amman
  • RAF Mafraq

United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates

  • RAF Sharjah

Former stations listed as a single table

Station location operational notes
RAF Attlebridge Norfolk 1941-1950 RAF bomber, USAAF bomber from 1944. Site now a turkey farm
RAF Bacton Norfolk First World War a "Landing Ground"
RAF Barton Bendish Norfolk 1939 – 1941 Satellite ground for RAF Marham but too close for development in that role
RAF Bircham Newton Norfolk 1916 – 1965 technical site now the Construction Industry Training Board School
RAF Bodney Norfolk 1940-1945 Satellite for RAF Watton (bombers), USAAF fighter use from 1943
RAF Burgh Castle Norfolk First World War Landing Ground
RAF Bylaugh Hall Norfolk Second World War Landing Ground
RAF Coltishall Norfolk 1940 - 2006 now "MoD Coltishall", awaiting formal disposal
RAF Deopham Green Norfolk 1944-1948 USAAF bomber use in war
RAF Docking Norfolk 1940-1958 satellite for Coastal Command at Bircham Newton
RAF Downham Market Norfolk 1942-1946 Bomber satellite for Marham
RAF East Wretham Norfolk
RAF Feltwell Norfolk
RAF Fersfield Norfolk
RAF Foulsham Norfolk
RAF Great Massingham Norfolk
RAF Great Yarmouth Norfolk First World War
RAF Hardwick Norfolk
RAF Harling Road Norfolk First World War
RAF Hethel Norfolk now owned by Lotus Cars
RAF Hingham Norfolk First World War "Landing Ground"
RAF Holt Norfolk First World War "Landing Ground"
RAF Horsham St Faith Norfolk 1939-1963 bomber and fighter units of RAF and USAAF. Airfield site now Norwich International Airport
RAF Langham Norfolk
RAF Little Snoring Norfolk RAF to 1945
RAF Ludham Norfolk now private landing strip
RAF Matlaske Norfolk
RAF Mattishall Norfolk First World War
RAF Methwold Norfolk
RAF Mousehold Heath Norfolk 1914 under RFC became first Norwich Airport in 1933
RAF Narborough Norfolk
RAF North Creake Norfolk 1945
RAF North Pickenham Norfolk
RAF Old Buckenham Norfolk Second World War
RAF Oulton Norfolk 1940-1945? Satellite to Horsham then Swanton Morley
RAF Pulham Norfolk used for the development of British airships between the wars.
RAF Rackheath Norfolk Second World War only used by USAAF
RAF Sculthorpe Norfolk
RAF Sedgeford Norfolk
RAF Seething Norfolk
RAF Shipdham Norfolk
RAF Snetterton Heath Norfolk Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit
RAF Swannington Norfolk
RAF Swanton Morley Norfolk
RAF Thetford Norfolk
RAF Thorpe Abbotts Norfolk
RAF Tibenham Norfolk
RAF Watton Norfolk 1930s-1990s RAF and USAAF bombers during war, from 1970s surveillance radar station
RAF Wendling Norfolk 1943-1961 USAAF bombers in war
RAF West Raynham Norfolk
RAF Weybourne Norfolk 1939 -2000s? Anti-aircraft coperation use until 1943, later radar use connected to Neatishead

See also

References

Notes
Bibliography
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1980. ISBN 0-85130-083-9.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth 1918-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, C.G. RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Rawlings, John. Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's Publishers Ltd., 1969 (second edition 1976). ISBN 0-354-01028-X.

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