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

The airfield was perhaps the most secret airfield in the Second World War . It was home to the Special
Special
Duties Squadrons, No. 138 , which dropped Special Operations Executive
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 .

CONTENTS

* 1 Operational units and aircraft

* 2 Tempsford now

* 2.1 People

* 3 References

* 3.1 Citations * 3.2 Bibliography

* 4 External links

OPERATIONAL UNITS AND AIRCRAFT

* No. 53 Squadron RAF
No. 53 Squadron RAF
detachment (1946) - Consolidated Liberator VI and VIII * No. 109 Squadron RAF (1942) - Vickers Wellington
Vickers Wellington
I * No. 138 Squadron RAF
No. 138 Squadron RAF
(1942-1944) - Handley Page Halifax
Handley Page Halifax
II and V * No. 149 Squadron RAF (1943-1944) - Short Stirling
Short Stirling
III * No. 161 Squadron RAF (1942-1945) - Westland Lysander
Westland Lysander
IIIA and other types * No. 426 Squadron RCAF (1945) - Consolidated Liberator VIII * No. 617 Squadron RAF detachment (1945) - Avro Lancaster
Avro Lancaster
I "> A Westland Lysander
Westland Lysander
of the type that was used to drop and pick up SOE agents from Occupied Europe

REFERENCES

CITATIONS

BIBLIOGRAPHY

* Clark, F. Agents by Moonlight: The Secret History of RAF Tempsford during the Second World War. Stroud: Tempus Publishing Ltd., 1999. * Clark, F. Peter Five. Bromley: Independent Books, 1993. * Griffiths, Frank "Winged Hours". London: William Kimber, 1981. ISBN 0-7183-0128-5 . * O'Connor, B. Tempsford Airfield: Now the story can be told… 1998. ISBN 1-902810-03-1 * Verity, H., We Landed By Moonlight (revised edition). Manchester: Crecy Publishing, 2000. ISBN 0-947554-75-0