united kingdom RAF Topcliffe

Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, England

United Kingdom

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1939 to present

54° 12' 0'' N - 1° 23' 0'' W
2.5nm SW of Thirsk, Yorkshire
Elevation: 92 feet

History of this Location

Available as a grass strip from 1939 for RAF bombers and officially opened in 1940. It closed again for further work to make its runways concrete. It reopened in mid 1942 and in Jan 1943 became an RCAF base until handed back to the RAF in Sep 1945 as part of Transport Command. It was used by Coastal Command from 1952 and then by Training Command.

In 1972, the whole base was transferred to the Army and the main buildings are still known as Alanbrooke Barracks. In Feb 1978, the Sioux of 666 Sq were retired and at the end of Oct 1979 Scout Flt of 655 Sq departed here, in support of the newly forming Northern Ireland Regiment. The airfield part of base has been home to various AAC units but is now back with the RAF as a satellite station of nearby RAF Linton-on-Ouse.
Since Jan 2012, Allenbrooke Barracks has also been home to one of Yorkshire Air Ambulances two helicopters.

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List of units at RAF Topcliffe

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
2012/    YAAH145 / EC145T2 2016/   
MD902 Explorer 2006/16
1990/92672 SquadronLynx 1990/93
Lynx ??/94
1988/919 REGT
1979/913 FltSA341B Gazelle AH.1 1976/91
1978/79655 SquadronSA341B Gazelle AH.1 1978/91
Scout ??/82
1971/79666 Squadron (Volunteers)Sioux ??/78
1969/71660 SquadronScout 1969/77
Sioux 1969/75

List of aircraft and events at RAF Topcliffe

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1972-jul-08 Army Air CorpsSiouxXT174
1978-feb-22 666 Sq flypastArmy Air CorpsAB47G-3BXT131
1978-feb-22 666 Sq flypastArmy Air CorpsAB47G-3BXT144
1978-feb-22 666 Sq flypastArmy Air CorpsSiouxXT558
1978-feb-22 666 Sq flypastArmy Air CorpsSiouxXW193
1978-feb-22 666 Sq flypastArmy Air CorpsSiouxXT551
1978-feb-22 666 Sq flypastArmy Air CorpsSiouxXT553
2016-jul UK Air AmbulancesH145 / EC145T2G-YOAA

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