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Updated: 2 Jan 2013

Opened: Nov 1916

Closed: 40 TDS disbanded 8 May 1919

Reopened: < 1942

Airfield code :: HH

ICAO Code ::

Airfield call sign ::

Closed: late 1950s

Squadrons based here:

44 RS :: 13 Nov 1916
renamed
44 TS :: May 1917 - 22 Sep 1917
renamed
26 TS :: 22 Sep 1917 - Feb 1918

68 (Australian) Sqn RFC :: Jan 1917 - Sep 1917

3 TDS :: 22 Aug 1917 -

20 TS :: Nov 1917 - 15 Aug 1918*

53 TS :: 6 Dec 1917 - 15 Aug 1918*

64 TS :: 12 Dec 1917 - 15 Aug 1918*

* formed 40 TDS :: 15 Aug 1918 - 8 May 1919

12(P) AFU (detachment) :: 1942 - Feb 1945 as RLG

17 SFTS (detachment) :: May 1945 - Jun 1947 as RLG

Harlaxton was a triangular grass surface landing ground oriented unusually to the north. During WWI it was a busy training airfield. 68 (Australian) Sqn RFC arrived in the UK from Kantara, Egypt, in Jan 1917, staying at Harlaxton until Sep 1917, deploying to France. During 1918 Harlaxton was designated as 40 Training Depot Station, but closed on the disbandment of 40 TDS in May 1919 in the post-war drawdown.

The site was not suitable to the needs of a major station in the lead-up to WWII and was prepared for use as a Relief Landing Ground for 12 FTS (later redesignated 12(P) AFU) based at RAF Spitalgate. Harlaxton was built out in 1942 to support its role as Relief Landing Ground for 12 FTS. They used Harlaxton until Feb 1945 and were succeeded by 17 SFTS from RAFC Cranwell. In Oct 1939 Harlaxton was also in use as the bombing range for 12 FTS and in May 1940 it was described as a temporary practice bombing range for RAFC Cranwell and Spitlegate. During World War II neighbouring Harlaxton Manor was requisitioned as the Officers' Mess and later used to house a company of the 1st Airborne Division.


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