RAF Tempsford

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RAF Tempsford
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Control Tower Tempsford.jpg
The Control Tower at Tempsford during WWII
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Airport typeMilitary
OperatorRoyal Air Force
LocationTempsford
Coordinates52°09′31″N 000°15′49″W / 52.15861°N 0.26361°W / 52.15861; -0.26361Coordinates: 52°09′31″N 000°15′49″W / 52.15861°N 0.26361°W / 52.15861; -0.26361
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RAF Tempsford is located in Bedfordshire
RAF Tempsford
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RAF Tempsford
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg
Control Tower Tempsford.jpg
The Control Tower at Tempsford during WWII
IATA: noneICAO: none
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorRoyal Air Force
LocationTempsford
Coordinates52°09′31″N 000°15′49″W / 52.15861°N 0.26361°W / 52.15861; -0.26361Coordinates: 52°09′31″N 000°15′49″W / 52.15861°N 0.26361°W / 52.15861; -0.26361
Map
RAF Tempsford is located in Bedfordshire
RAF Tempsford
Location in Bedfordshire
Runways
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ftm
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The 138 and 161 Squadron badges on display inside St Peter's Church, Tempsford
The memorial plaque inside St Peter's Church, Tempsford

RAF Tempsford is a former RAF station located 2.3 miles (3.7 km) north east of Sandy, Bedfordshire, England and 4.4 miles (7.1 km) south of St. Neots, Cambridgeshire.

The airfield was perhaps the most secret airfield in World War II. It was home to the Special Duties Squadrons, No. 138, which dropped Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents and their supplies into occupied Europe, and No. 161, which specialised in personnel delivery and retrieval by landing in occupied Europe.

RAF Tempsford is very close to Little Gransden Airfield and can be clearly seen from flights climbing out from the westerly runway 28. Other active airfields nearby include the former RAF bases at Gransden Lodge and Bourn.

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Current use

By 2002 part of the former Tempsford airfield was a concrete-making facility and some of the main airfield buildings had been turned into various commercial workshops. A nearby public footpath led to the end of a substantially intact runway and then on to Gibraltar Farm, the agents' final dispatch point. This barn contained several plaques and memorials to the agents, both men and women, who were flown from the airfield, many of whom were later killed after being captured and tortured. A memorial is also to be found in St Peter's Church, in the nearby village of Tempsford.

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A Westland Lysander of the type that was used to drop and pick up SOE agents from Occupied Europe

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