RAF TEMPSFORD is a former
Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force station located 2.3 miles
(3.7 km) north east of Sandy ,
England and 4.4 miles
(7.1 km) south of
St. Neots ,
Cambridgeshire , England.
The airfield was perhaps the most secret airfield in the Second World
War . It was home to the
Special Duties Squadrons, No. 138 , which
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.
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 .
* 1 Operational units and aircraft
* 2.1 People
* 3 References
* 3.1 Citations
* 3.2 Bibliography
* 4 External links
OPERATIONAL UNITS AND AIRCRAFT
No. 53 Squadron RAF detachment (1946) - Consolidated Liberator VI
No. 109 Squadron RAF (1942) -
Vickers Wellington I
No. 138 Squadron RAF (1942-1944) -
Handley Page Halifax
Handley Page Halifax II and V
No. 149 Squadron RAF (1943-1944) -
Short Stirling III
No. 161 Squadron RAF (1942-1945) -
Westland Lysander IIIA and
No. 426 Squadron RCAF (1945) - Consolidated Liberator VIII
No. 617 Squadron RAF detachment (1945) -
Avro Lancaster I "> A
Westland Lysander of the type that was used to drop and pick up SOE
agents from Occupied Europe
* 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