RAF Henlow

RAF Henlow crest

THE STATION

RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire provides the support to enable lodger units to deliver global operations.

 

Commander

Wing Commander Mark Clulo in service dress uniform next to an RAF ensign

Wing Commander Mark Clulo MSc RAF

Wing Commander Clulo took command of RAF Henlow in August 2016. Before that he spent two years as the Chief of Staff to the Head of Integrated Logistics in the Defence Equipment & Support’s Air Domain at Abbey Wood, having previously completed a deployment to Eindhoven in the Netherlands working for NATO controlling transport aircraft travelling into Afghanistan.

ADDRESS

RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire, SG16 6DN.

Council: Central Bedfordshire Council

Who's based here

HISTORY

The RAF was only six weeks old when Lieutenant Colonel Robert Francis Stapleton-Cotton and a party of 40 airmen arrived from RAF Farnborough on 10 May 1918. 

The Lieutenant Colonel was to become the first CO of RAF Henlow in August 1918.  Although still under construction, the Depot had achieved a limited output of Bristol Fighters and De Havilland aircraft.

In the original list of RAF Stations for April 1918, Henlow counts among only five other stations which remain open as RAF stations today: Halton, Leuchars, Northolt, Waddington and Wittering. 

During the war years, RAF Henlow became one of the largest RAF Maintenance Units in the country and made an invaluable contribution to the war effort.  It is a proud part of our history that RAF Henlow contributed (albeit indirectly) to the Battle of Britain, repairing Hurricanes that were damaged during the Battle. 

After World War Two, a new role developed for the station, that of radio equipment calibration and signals development. 

Through the years RAF Henlow has been home to the Parachute Test Unit, the Royal Air Force Technical College, the RAF Officer Cadet Training Unit (OCTU) and the Officers’ Command School & Intermediate Command & Staff Course.

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