RAF Alconbury
USAAF Station 102
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire in England
RAF Alconbury's gate guardian, a replica US Air Force F-5E Tiger II, seen during 2020
RAF Alconbury is located in Cambridgeshire
RAF Alconbury
RAF Alconbury
Shown within Cambridgeshire
Coordinates52°21′48″N 000°13′22″W / 52.36333°N 0.22278°W / 52.36333; -0.22278
TypeRAF station (US Visiting Forces)
Area497 hectares (1,230 acres)[2]
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
OperatorUS Air Force
Controlled byUS Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa
RAF Bomber Command[1]
* No. 2 Group RAF
* No. 3 Group RAF
Site history
Built1937 (1937)/38
In useMay 1938–1942 (Royal Air Force)
1942–1945 (US Army Air Forces)
1951 – present (US Air Force)
Battles/warsEuropean theatre of World War II
Cold War
Garrison information
Occupants423d Air Base Group
Airfield information
IdentifiersIATA: AYH, ICAO: EGWZ, WMO: 035620
Elevation50 metres (164 ft)[1] AMSL
Direction Length and surface
12/30 2,500 metres (8,202 ft) Asphalt
06/24 (WWII) 1,750 metres (5,741 ft) Concrete
12/30 (WWII) 1,235 metres (4,052 ft) Concrete
18/36 (WWII) 1,235 metres (4,052 ft) Concrete
Notes: Flying ceased in 1995

Royal Air Force Alconbury, or more simply RAF Alconbury, is an active Royal Air Force station near Huntingdon, England. The airfield is in the civil parish of The Stukeleys, close to the villages of Great Stukeley, Little Stukeley, and Alconbury. Flying operations are no longer based at the site, with most of the land, including the runway, having been sold in 2009 to become the new settlement of Alconbury Weald.


Opened in 1938 for use by RAF Bomber Command, the station has been used from 1942 by the United States Army Air Force.[3] It was occupied by the 93d Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force: visitors included King George VI who visited the site and saw the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses there on 13 November 1942.[3]

It was announced by The Pentagon on 8 January 2015 that RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth would be closing by 2020. Most of the units at Alconbury and Molesworth were to be moved to RAF Croughton, along with the personnel.[4] The decision was later reverted on the grounds of cost-effectiveness, with RAF Alconbury remaining as a support base for the Joint Analysis Center.[5]

Royal Air Force use


United States Air Force use

Based units

Units based at RAF Alconbury.[17]

United States Air Force

United States Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA)

See also



  1. ^ a b c Falconer 2012, p. 33.
  2. ^ "Defence Estates Development Plan 2009 – Annex A". GOV.UK. Ministry of Defence. 3 July 2009. p. 15. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Alconbury". American Air Museum in Britain. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  4. ^ "RAF Mildenhall to close amid other Europe consolidations". Stars and Stripes.
  5. ^ "RAF Alconbury to remain as a Base for the US Visiting Forces". 501st Combat Support Wing. 22 March 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2023.
  6. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 29.
  7. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 38.
  8. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 41.
  9. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 63.
  10. ^ Sturtivant, Hamlin & Halley 1997, p. 49.
  11. ^ Sturtivant, Hamlin & Halley 1997, p. 50.
  12. ^ Sturtivant, Hamlin & Halley 1997, p. 96.
  13. ^ Sturtivant, Hamlin & Halley 1997, p. 216.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Alconbury". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  15. ^ a b c d e "95th Bombardment Group (Heavy)". Mighty 8th Cross-Reference - Preller. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  16. ^ a b c d e "801st Bombardment Group (Provisional)". Mighty 8th Cross-Reference - Preller. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  17. ^ "Units". 501st Combat Support Wing. Retrieved 13 February 2019.