Royal Air Force Station Driffield or RAF Driffield is a former British Royal Air Force station in the East Riding of Yorkshire, in England. It lies about 2 miles (3 km) south-west of Driffield and 11 miles (18 km) north-west of Beverley.
|Owner||Ministry of Defence|
|Operator||Royal Air Force|
|Built||1918 as RAF Eastburn|
1935 as RAF Driffield
|In use||1918–1920 Royal Air Force|
1936–1977 Royal Air Force
|Elevation AMSL||82 ft / 25 m|
The site was first opened in 1918 by the Royal Air Force under the name of RAF Eastburn, and closed in 1920. In 1935 a new airfield was built, initially training bomber crews. In 1977 the site was turned over to the British Army for use as a driving school, and was renamed Alamein Barracks, a satellite to Normandy Barracks of the Defence School of Transport at Leconfield.
The following units were here at some point:
- No. 1 Fighter Command Modification Centre RAF
- No. 2 Blind Approach Training Flight RAF
- No. 2 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit RAF
- No. 2 School of Aerial Fighting RAF
- No. 3 School of Aerial Fighting & Gunnery RAF
- No. 4 Group Target Towing Flight RAF
- No. 5 Group Target Towing Flight RAF
- No. 5 Service Flying Training School RAF
- No. 6 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit RAF
- No. 8 Flying Training School RAF
- No. 10 Air Navigation School RAF
- No. 21 Training Depot Station
- No. 21 Training Station
- No. 43 Base RAF
- No. 102 Squadron RAF
- No. 104 Squadron RAF
- No. 203 Advanced Flying School RAF
- No. 204 Advanced Flying School RAF
- No. 226 Operational Conversion Unit RAF
- No. 642 Gliding School RAF
- No. 1484 (Target Towing) Flight RAF
- No. 1484 (Target Towing and Gunnery Flight) RAF
- No. 1502 (Beam Approach Training) Flight RAF
- No. 1613 (Anti-Aircraft Co-operation) Flight RAF
- Air Bomber Training Flight (No. 4 Group)
- Aircrew Transit Unit
- Air Fighting Development Unit
- Fighter Weapons School
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