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RAF Full Sutton

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RAF Full Sutton
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg
Airport typeMilitary
OwnerAir Ministry
OperatorRoyal Air Force
LocationFull Sutton, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
In use1944-1963
Elevation AMSL52 ft / 16 m
Coordinates53°58′47″N 000°51′53″W / 53.97972°N 0.86472°W / 53.97972; -0.86472
RAF Full Sutton is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
RAF Full Sutton
RAF Full Sutton
Location in the East Riding of Yorkshire
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Royal Air Force Full Sutton or RAF Full Sutton is a former Royal Air Force station located 2.0 miles (3.2 km) south east of Stamford Bridge, East Riding of Yorkshire and 4.7 miles (7.6 km) north west of Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.


WAAF exercise on Full Sutton Airfield in January 1945 using a crashed Halifax III aircraft
WAAF exercise on Full Sutton Airfield in January 1945 using a crashed Halifax III aircraft

The airfield opened in 1944 under RAF Bomber Command, with No. 77 Squadron RAF which arrived at RAF Full Sutton on 15 May 1944 with the Handley Page Halifax Mks III and VI, switching to the Douglas Dakota in July 1945. The squadron moved to RAF Broadwell on 31 August 1945.[1]

RAF Full Sutton was switched to RAF Transport Command being used by a flight of No. 231 Squadron RAF between 1 December 1945 and 15 January 1946 operating the Avro Lancastrian C.2 before being disbanded.[2]

In the 1950s it was part of RAF Flying Training Command, as No. 103 Flying Refresher School RAF and then as No. 207 Advanced Flying School RAF.

The airfield was then placed on care and maintenance until 1959 when No. 102 Squadron RAF arrived and the airfield was re-modelled as a PGM-17 Thor missile site, operating until 27 April 1963.[3][4]

The area is now used as the civilian Full Sutton Airfield and is home to the Full Sutton Flying Centre.[5]



  1. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 84.
  2. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 74.
  3. ^ "RAF Full Sutton airfield". Control Towers. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  4. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 54.
  5. ^ "Full Sutton Airfield". Retrieved 20 February 2019.


  • Jefford, C.G. RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.

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