RAF Acklington

Guardian of the Northern Skies

Malcolm Fife

In the late 1930s the RAF constructed a new airfield, near the village of Acklington, Northumberland, to train aircrews. With the outbreak of hostilities, it was hastily converted to a fighter station, deploying Spitfire and Hurricane squadrons against German bombers, and continued to host night fighters long after the Battle of Britain was won.
Date Published :
August 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
black and white photographs
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781781556221
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
Stock Status : In stock


At the beginning of the Second World War, RAF Acklington was the most important fighter station in northeast England. It started life in 1938 as a training base for RAF aircrew, but after the outbreak of hostilities it was given the role of protecting the skies over Newcastle and its important industrial hinterland. Acklinton’s Spitfires and Hurricanes were soon in action against German bombers, as many of the earliest air raids of the war took place over this part of Britain. Due to the importance of this region, with its major ports and industries, it continued to attract the attention of enemy bombers long after the Battle of Britain had been won. By late 1940, most of the attacks took place after dark and RAF Acklington became the host for night fighter squadrons. Unlike many military airfields, it did not close when hostilities ceased, reverting first to its training role, and then becoming the base for fighter aircraft, before closing in the early 1970s.

About The Author

Malcolm Fife has previously written a number of aviation books, including detailed histories of RAF Drem and RNAS Crail airfields, as well as a guide to First World War aerodromes in Scotland. In addition, he has produced numerous illustrated photo features for the Scots Magazine and other publications.

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