Cambridgeshire

In pictures: 100 years of RAF Wittering

RAF Wittering century memorial and RAF personnel, 5 May 2016 Image copyright Crown Copyright
Image caption The memorial is dedicated to villagers and RAF Wittering-based personnel who have died in conflicts since World War One

An airfield established during World War One as a Royal Flying Corps base for anti-Zeppelin fighters has marked 100 years of active service.

RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire was initially named after the nearby town of Stamford.

Spitfires, Hurricanes, the V-Bomber Force and Harriers have been based at the airfield. It is now home to the RAF's A4 Force and trainee pilots.

A centennial memorial has been unveiled at All Saints' Church in Wittering.

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Image caption When it opened in 1916, the station was home to No 38 Home Defence Sqn's anti-Zeppelin BE2C and BE12 fighters, one of which is reported to have engaged Zeppelin L-13 (above) on 23 September 1916
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Image caption Initially known as Stamford Aerodrome, it was renamed RAF Wittering on the formation of the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918
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Image caption Wittering was a temporary home to many squadrons during World War Two, including No 1426 (Enemy Aircraft) Flight, which evaluated captured enemy aircraft like this Messerschmitt (left), and Mosquito night fighters (right)
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Image caption USAAF squadrons were also temporarily based at Wittering during World War Two, including P-38 Lightnings in December 1943
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Image caption No 49 Sqn saw action against the Mau-Mau guerrillas in Kenya in 1953, while No 138 Sqn flew missions in Egypt during the Suez crisis in 1956. Prime Minister Anthony Eden (third left) visited RAF Wittering in 1955
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Image caption RAF Wittering was the home of the Harrier (above) from 1969 until 2010. Aircraft from Wittering have taken part in every conflict in the Middle East since 2001. RAF A4 Force is now based there. It supports RAF operations around the world with everything from the construction of temporary hangars to catering

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