RAF Kirknewton

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Royal Air Force Kirknewton, otherwise known as RAF Kirknewton, is a Royal Air Force station at Whitemoss, a mile south east of Kirknewton, West Lothian, Scotland.wikipedia
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Royal Air Force Kirknewton, otherwise known as RAF Kirknewton, is a Royal Air Force station at Whitemoss, a mile south east of Kirknewton, West Lothian, Scotland.

No. 289 Squadron RAF

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No. 289 Squadron RAF was formed there as an anti-aircraft co-operation unit on 20 November 1941.
The squadron formed at RAF Kirknewton on 17 November 1941 and was equipped with Lysanders and Blenheims, Hurricanes and Hudsons to provide practice for the anti-aircraft defences in Scotland by towing targets and conducting simulated attacks.

Peter Ottewill

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In June 1943, RAF Kirknewton was the site of an outstanding act of bravery when Sqn Ldr Peter Guy Ottewill rescued two airmen from a burning Bristol Beaufighter, earning a George Medal.
Peter Guy Ottewill, GM (5 November 1915 – 31 January 2003) was an English RAF officer who during the Second World War in 1943 rescued two airmen from a Bristol Beaufighter which had crashed into an ammunition store at Kirknewton Scotland during take-off, and was awarded the George Medal.

Kirknewton, West Lothian

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Royal Air Force Kirknewton, otherwise known as RAF Kirknewton, is a Royal Air Force station at Whitemoss, a mile south east of Kirknewton, West Lothian, Scotland.
RAF Kirknewton, as it was known, was home to a variety of units during the war and, like many other military airfields, fell quiet afterwards.

Ritchie Camp

During the War the area in trees to the west of the airfield (which has now been redeveloped for housing) was used for additional accommodation and was known as Ritchie Camp.
Ritchie Camp was initially established during World War II to provide accommodation for units based at RAF Kirknewton.

Redford Barracks

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As part of the Future Force 2020 budgetary announcement in July 2011, Kirknewton was to have been developed into a major British Army base to host a Multi-Role Brigade and both Dreghorn Barracks and Redford Barracks were earmarked for disposal.
As part of the Future Force 2020 budgetary announcement in July 2011, RAF Kirknewton was to have been developed into a major Army base to host a Multi-Role Brigade Redford and Dreghorn Barracks would become surplus to requirements and were earmarked for disposal under this plan.

Dreghorn Barracks

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As part of the Future Force 2020 budgetary announcement in July 2011, Kirknewton was to have been developed into a major British Army base to host a Multi-Role Brigade and both Dreghorn Barracks and Redford Barracks were earmarked for disposal.
As part of the Future Force 2020 budgetary announcement in July 2011, RAF Kirknewton was to have been developed into a major Army base to host a Multi-Role Brigade and Dreghorn Barracks was earmarked for disposal.

Volunteer Gliding Squadron

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Kirknewton houses No. 661 Volunteer Gliding Squadron, flying a fleet of eight Grob Viking T1 gliders and providing flying experience and training to members of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.
661 VGS (RAF Kirknewton), formerly 1 EGS

No. 2 Flying Training School RAF

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No. 661 VGS – RAF Kirknewton

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Royal Air Force Kirknewton, otherwise known as RAF Kirknewton, is a Royal Air Force station at Whitemoss, a mile south east of Kirknewton, West Lothian, Scotland.

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Royal Air Force Kirknewton, otherwise known as RAF Kirknewton, is a Royal Air Force station at Whitemoss, a mile south east of Kirknewton, West Lothian, Scotland.

Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom)

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It is retained by the Ministry of Defence and is home to 661 Volunteer Gliding Squadron.

World War II

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Primarily an RAF radar station, RAF Kirknewton was home to a variety of units during the Second World War.

Bristol Beaufighter

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In June 1943, RAF Kirknewton was the site of an outstanding act of bravery when Sqn Ldr Peter Guy Ottewill rescued two airmen from a burning Bristol Beaufighter, earning a George Medal.

George Medal

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In June 1943, RAF Kirknewton was the site of an outstanding act of bravery when Sqn Ldr Peter Guy Ottewill rescued two airmen from a burning Bristol Beaufighter, earning a George Medal.

Prisoner of war

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RAF Kirknewton was also used as a temporary prisoner of war Camp for German officers during the War, while they were awaiting transfer to the USA.

United States Air Force

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From 1952 to 1966, Kirknewton was home to several small United States Air Force units tasked with providing mobile radio facilities in Britain.

United States Air Force Security Service

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These units included 6952nd Security Group, formerly the 6952nd Radio Squadron Mobile, United States Air Force Security Service (USAFSS).

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Kirknewton houses No. 661 Volunteer Gliding Squadron, flying a fleet of eight Grob Viking T1 gliders and providing flying experience and training to members of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.

Royal Air Force Air Cadets

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Kirknewton houses No. 661 Volunteer Gliding Squadron, flying a fleet of eight Grob Viking T1 gliders and providing flying experience and training to members of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.

West Lothian

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List of former Royal Air Force stations

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Regional seat of government

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Another former ROTOR station – Barnton Quarry in the western outskirts of Edinburgh, became the Scottish National HQ, with three subsidiary bunkers, North Zone at Anstruther in Fife, another former ROTOR station, East Zone using the former war room at Kirknewton, and West Zone taking over a former anti-aircraft control station at East Kilbride.

Edinburgh Diamond Devils

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Baseball has been played in the Edinburgh area since the 1950s when it was played at United States Air Force bases at Kirknewton, then in Midlothian, and East Fortune in East Lothian, both just a few miles from the city.