Building of the airfield at Tarrant Rushton commenced in May 1942,the airfield being intened for the use of airborne forces of 38 Wing.On 17th
May 1943 the base was handed over while still unfinished.Glider operations finally started in October 1943 and continued until 1945.Aircraft from Tarrant took part in both D-Day and operation"Market
Garden "(Arnhem).During the closing stages of WW2 aircraft were used for SOE operations.
In September 1946 the airfield was placed on Care and Maintenance status until abandoned in December 1947.
To view excerpts from the station Operations Records Book (originally on the now defunct Tarrant Rushton website), click on the links below.
However 6 months later in June 1948
Flight Refuelling arrived to begin 30 years of occupancy.Almost immediately,Flight Refuelling became involved in the Berlin Airlift and ,between July 1948 and August 1949,carried out nearly 4500
sorties using Lancastrians and Lancasters.During the following 30 years most activity was centred around conversion of aircraft for in-flight refueling.The most numerous type was the Gloster Meteor.Trials were carried out with KB-29Ds of the USAF (see image below) using a three point probe & drogue system.In addition a number of Meteors were refurbished for export to Syria, Israel,Egypt,France, Sweden and Ecuador. F-84s and T-33s of the Belgian Airforce also received attention frm FR.To see a list of known exports of Meteors via Tarrant Rushton,and also aircraft converted to U.15/16/21 configuration.To view CLICK HERE.
In the 70s Flight Refueling moved out,flying operations moving to Hurn,and the airfield was used only by gliders and occasional light aircraft
until it was officially closed on 30th of September 1980.
Tarrant Rushton from the air in 2000.The runway layout still shows clearly although 20 years have passed since most of the concrete
Amongst the buildings still remaining at Tarrant Rushton is this hangar,photographed in March 2003 by Shaun Churchill.
7 Sq ,Canberra TT18,arr 4-70,dep 5-70(Based temporarily for training)
196 Sq,Stirling III/IV,arr 7-1-44,dep 14-3-44
295 SQ,Halifax A.VII,formed 21-1-46 from 190 Sq,renumbered as 297Sq 1-4-46
297 Sq,Halifax A.Vii,Renumbered from 295 Sq 1-4-46,dep 5-9-46