Life on a Wartime RAF Station


The ASHBY series portrays life on an operational airfield, the fictional RAF Ashby, which is closely based on RAF Station Bourn in Cambridgeshire. This was one of the many new Bomber Command stations which were created during the war, where accommodation was makeshift and rules slightly more relaxed than on the smart prestigious permanent stations like RAF Wyton.

Above: Petrol bowsers outside the old farm buildings of Grange Farm, RAF Station Bourn. 

Below: Bourn, some forty years after the war, North-South runway down the centre, and part of the old airfield plan showing the area around Flying Control. The red box on the photograph highlights the avenue up to the Grange, to the left of  the Grange (far right of box) are what remains of SSQ.