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    Default RAF station near Cambridge with concrete runway in 1941

    Hi all,

    I have one "log shot" which I would like to reasearch as far as possible.

    Diary of a Czech WOP/AG passing operational training in East Wretham with grass runway:

    26. 9. 1941
    Afternoon - pilots are practising landing on concrete runway about 5 miles from old unversity town Cambridge.


    I suppose that there were only two possible stations fulfilling the given parameters - Oakington and Waterbeach.

    I will be thankful for confirmation/disconfirmaation of my conslusion.

    TIA

    Pavel
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    The current Cambridge International Airport is about 4.5 or 5 miles from downtown Cambridge and was (still is?) the site of the Marshalls of Cambridge works which was active during the war. I do not know for sure if the wartime runway was concrete but I believe it was.

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    Good point Bruce, many thanks!

    Yes it seems to me there were already concrete runways:
    https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarch...0-%202980.html

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    Pavel, Good Morning,

    They will know over on https://www.airfieldresearchgroup.org.uk/forum (they will probably know who built it and how long (both time and length!)). One of their experts (PNK?) posts on this forum from time to time. You will just have to hope he is on the circuit today!

    HTH

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    You called? I can't give a definite answer but it wasn't Cambridge airfield as this was grass during the war. Oakington was having runways laid in 1941 and although the airfield was still operational one runway was probably completed by the date in the diary but the other two were completed later, I think in early 1942. Waterbeach seems the better option as it was operational by March 1941, or at least the first unit arrived then. However I don't know if all the runways were finished. The other one in the area was Bourn but that was still under construction.

    So did they use the single completed runway at Oakington or Waterbeach? I suspect the only way to confirm would be the ORB for the OTU as it may mention the use of another airfield although from my experience when you want something to be in an ORB it isn't.

    Peter

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    Many thanks to Peter (Davies) calling attention to my post to Peter (PNK):-)
    Peter (PNK) thank you for your additional comment, much appreciated!
    Unfortunately the ORB stated only general info about training flights with no details.

    Pavel
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