1937 - 1945 Photo Gallery

This gallery contains photos from the station's opening in April 1937, until the end of the war.


This photo was taken by A.W.Taylor, a member of 242 (RCAF) Squadron's groundcrew while he was based at Church Fenton. It appears in Hugh Halliday's book "242 SQUADRON: THE CANADIAN YEARS (Canada's Wings, Stittsville, 1981)" Hugh Halliday

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A photo of one of the administration buildings at the base, with the station parade ground in front, and the large water tower behind.

These photos Keith Ellis.

spit-guntesting.jpg (64167 bytes) A Spitfire having its' guns tested / aligned at Church Fenton some time in 1942.
blenheim-in-hangar.jpg (65093 bytes) A Bristol Blenheim being serviced at Church Fenton

This photo is from the official "RAF Church Fenton Information Handbook" which was given to servicemen who had just been posted to the base. (Thanks to Peter Mason for giving me a copy).

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newbase.JPG (61562 bytes) Gloster Gladiators of 72(F) Squadron outside no.3 hangar just after the opening in 1937.

Some very interesting scans from the 1939 Empire Air Day programme. This event was held on Saturday 20th May 1939.

Thanks go to Tom Kehoe for taking the time to scan these in for me.