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RAF Sylt
 
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Major operational base adjacent to the Danish border. In addition to the aircraft a number of RAF Air/Sea rescue launches were based there.
 
Occupied in mid-1945, the airfield was originally known as B170 Westerland. It was re-named RAF Sylt in September 1945. The Station closed in February 1948 and re-opened in February 1949. Was this a closure by the Ministry, or was it a closure for rebuilding/refurbishment?
 
closed in 1961, the Station was handed back to the German authorities.
 
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No 2765 Sqn RAF Regiment - ?? 1945-?? 1946 (Rifle Sqn) (1)

No 2781 Sqn RAF Regiment - ?? 1945-?? 1946 (Armoured Car Sqn) (2)

No 25 Armament Practice Camp - 15 Jul 1945-17 Jul 1946

302 Sqn - 27 Aug-14 Sep 1945 and 27-31 Aug 1946 (Spitfire XVI E) (3)

33 Sqn - 17 Sep-6 Oct 1945 and 31 Mar-8 May 1946 (Tempest V)

3 Sqn - 6-23 Oct 1945 and 22 Oct-25 Nov 1946 (Tempest V)

No 6003 Servicing Echelon - 6-23 Oct 1945

69 Sqn - 9-27 Oct 1945 (Mosquito VI) (4)

80 Sqn - 28 Oct-18 Nov 1945, 4 May-12 Jun 1946 and 14 Feb-22 Mar 1947 (Tempest V)

21 Sqn - 9-30 Nov 1945, 30 Mar-27 Apr 1946 and 6 Nov-12 Dec 1946 (Mosquito VI)

No 6021 Servicing Echelon - 9-30 Nov 1945 and 6 Nov-12 Dec 1946

411 (Grizzly Bear) Sqn RCAF - 16 Nov-4 Dec 1945 (Spitfire XIV)

412 (Falcon) Sqn RCAF - 7-21 Dec 1945 (Spitfire XIV)

26 Sqn - 8-24 Dec 1945 and 6 Jan-14 Feb 1947 (Spitfire XIV in 1945, Tempest F2 in 1947) (5)

56 (Punjab) Sqn - 31 Dec 1945-22 Jan 1946 (Tempest V)

305 Sqn - 2-19 Jan 1946 and 18 Jun-11 Jul 1946 (Mosquito VI) (6)

107 Sqn - 20 Jan-3 Feb 1946, 22 Jul-22 Aug 1946, 17-24 Feb 1947, 26 Feb-22 Mar 1947 and 26 Sep-18 Oct 1947

107 Sqn (continued) (Mosquito VI) (7)

308 Sqn - 22 Jan-9 Feb 1946 (Spitfire XVI) (8)

4 Sqn (4 - 17 Feb 1946, 6 Sep - 9 Oct 1946, 5 - 22 Aug 1947)

2 Sqn (10 Feb - 5 Mar 1946, 19 Aug - 16 Sep 1946)

41 Sqn (28 Feb - 29 Mar 1946)

350 Sqn (7 - 29 Mar 1946)

349 Sqn (8 May - 14 Jun 1946)

16 Sqn (21 Jun - 14 Jul 1946)

317 Sqn (Jul - 16 Aug 1946)

Armament Practice Station, Sylt (17 Jul 1946 - 29 Feb 1948, Feb 1949 - 16 Oct 1961)

2nd Tactical Air Force Air Sea Rescue Flt (Feb 1955 - Sep 1961)

 

(1) Precise dates are unknown, but would have been after February 1945.

(2) Precise dates are unknown, the Sqn is known to have been in the Osnabruck area in April 1945 where a Military Cross was earned by Flying Officer Millar. See here under 2781 Sqn.

(3) 302 Squadron was also known as 302 (Polish) Fighter Squadron, and 302 "City of Poznan" Polish Fighter Squadron. This squadron is also known to have been at RAF Ahlhorn in August 1945, and mid-September to October 1946.

(4) It is unclear whether this was the re-numbered 613 Sqn. A 69 Sqn was disbanded in Denmark in August 1945, with 613 Sqn being re-numbered the following day.

(5) The 26 Sqn present in December 1945 disbanded 1st April 1946 at Lubeck. The Sqn reformed on the same day at Wunstorf by the re-numbering of 41 Sqn. This is most likely the Sqn on the second of the visits.

(6) 305 Squadron was also known as 302 (Polish) Bomber Squadron and  305 "Wielpolska" Bomber Squadron.

(7) 107 Squadron was the most frequent visitor to RAF Sylt, operating the Mosquiyo VI. Moving on to the Continent in November 1944, the role was as a night intruder unit, a role it kept until the end of hostilities.

(8) 308 Squadron was also known as 308 (Polish) Fighter Squadron, and 308 "City of Krakow" Polish Fighter Squadron.