RAF Holmsley airfield

AddressA35, New Forest National Park, Burley, Christchurch, Hampshire BH23, UK
Location typeAirfield
AccessPublic Access
Site Ownership and Access InformationPublic Access. Part of the Airfield is now used as a campsite. A memorial commemorates the wartime airfield.
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Holmsley Airfield, situated North of New Milton, was opened in October 1942. The airfield consisted of three runways which operated RAF Wellington and Halifax bombers, plus additional United States Army Air Force B-17 bombers which were used on anti-U-boat patrols. RAF Typhoon and Mustang fighter-bombers, and Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Spitfire fighters, supported by USAAF B-26 medium bombers and RCAF night intruder Mosquito fighter-bombers patrolled and flew missions over occupied France up to and beyond D-Day.

During the Second World War there were twelve airfields in the New Forest, nine of which were built in wartime. Flat areas of land in this region made it suitable for creating airfields. Being situated near the south coast of the UK also made the The New Forest a useful base for aircraft operating over continental Europe.

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