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    Does anyone know if there was a date after which airfields were known as RAF XYZ rather than Station XYZ ?

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    Think it was the other way around

    From 1918 to between the wars Royal Air Force Hendon etc
    Post expansion period eg circa 1936 Royal Air Force Station Oakington etc.

    To do with the co-location of units and appearance of Station HQ and Harry Staish

    Also had it drummed into me that "airfields were the part the aircraft landed on and took off from - aerodromes covered the airfield/technical and domestic sites - so it is an aerodrome you are posted to sonny jim!".

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    Pete

    RAF 'Real estate' always was and remains known as RAF XXXXXX.

    However, a 'Station' as listed in the AFL and CAFL is one which has a separate HQ to any units located there such as an aerodrome (RAF terminology is as Ross stated with the addition that an Airport is an aerodrome with customs facilities). If the location' only has a single unit (MU etc) located there, it is still referred to as RAF XXXXX, but the staff are posted to the unit (No XX MU) not the 'station' (RAF XXXXX).

    As far as I'm aware the RAF has never referred to 'Station XYZ', except in the case Ross mentioned when they tended to use the title RAF Station XYZ. The USAAF did however, designated its bases as Station No XXX.

    Just had a further thought, in the AFLs they actually refer to Station HQ, RAF XXXXXX, not HQ RAF Station XXXXXX.

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    Thanks, as always, for your comprehensive responses.

    The enquiry arose as I was working through some ORBs and noticed that the summaries always referred to the unit or formation as RAF Station, Mildenhall or RAF Station, Stradishall, but, in every day parlance, they are always referred to as RAF Mildenhall etc.

    However, just looking at RAF Scampton's website it uses a capital S when it refers to itself as a "station", so I am guessing, as you say in your responses, it is still technically RAF Station, Scampton.

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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