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Marston Moor (Tockwith)
Marston Moor(Tockwith) opened in November 1941 and the airfield is situated south west of the village of Tockwith, just east of the B1224 road which runs along side the airfield. It was built to the standard 3-runway pattern for heavy bombers, the runways being 5610ft, 4390ft and 4200ft long, and there was 6 'T2' type hangers along with one 'B1'.
January 1942 - June 1945 --- 1652 CF (later becoming 1652 HCU in October 1942.)
August 1945 - November 1945 --- 1665 HCU
Today, (1999) the airfield is still in constant use, it now being an industrial site, and unlike most wartime airfields, the buildings have been renovated and repainted. Most of the original war-time buildings have been converted into offices, stores, etc. The B1224 crosses the ends of runways 2 and 3, and offers an excellent view of the airfield.
Many thanks to Mr.Clive Rothwell who informed me that whilst at Marston Moor, 1652 HCU took part in the first 1000 bomber raid on Koln. An unusual and exceptionally dangerous task for trainees.......(Mr. Rothwells mother-in-laws first husband was a tail-gunner in Halifax L9605. It, like many, did not return.)