RAF Linton-on-Ouse is based in North Yorkshire. The Station's former role was to train fast jet pilots for the RAF and Royal Navy. The Station's current role is to support the Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron and draw-down RAF Operations in accordance with the closure plan.



Wing Commander Howard Newbould FInstLM RAF

Wing Commander Newbould took command of RAF Linton-on-Ouse on 4th November 2019.

After joining the Royal Air Force in 1980 as an aircraft technician he worked on Lightnings and Wessex helicopters. After a number of postings, including a detachment to 72 Squadron in Northern Ireland, he was awarded a commendation by the CinC Strike Command in 1987 and was commissioned the following year.

Since then he has filled a range of appointments in the intelligence, cyber, information operations, defence diplomacy, and station management fields.



RAF Linton-on-Ouse, York, YO30 2AJ.

Council: Hambleton District Council

Who's based here


  • 1937 to 1940 - Home to Headquarters No 4 (Bomber) Group.
  • 1943 - Transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force.
  • 1945 - Handed back to the RAF.
  • 1957 - Transferred to Flying Training Command.
  • 2019 - No1 Flying Training School stood down.  72 Sqn relocated to RAF Valley.


From June 1937 until April 1940, the Station was also home to Headquarters No 4 (Bomber) Group, which controlled the bomber stations in Yorkshire.

On the night of 3/4 September 1939, ten Whitley aircraft of Nos 51 and 58 Squadrons were dispatched to drop propaganda leaflets over Germany, becoming the first RAF aircraft to operate over Germany at night during World War Two.

The first successful bombing raid by aircraft from Linton-on-Ouse was on Aalborg aerodrome in Denmark, which was bombed by two aircraft on 23/24 April 1940, while the first bombing raid by Linton aircraft on a target in Germany took place on 11/12 May 1940.

In June 1943, Linton-on-Ouse was transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force as part of No 6 Group of Bomber Command and became the home of Nos 408 and 426 Squadrons, Royal Canadian Air Force. 

In October 1945 Linton-on-Ouse was handed back to the RAF. On 1 September 1957, the Station was transferred to Flying Training Command in preparation for the arrival of No 1 Flying Training School (FTS) in late October.

The Jet Provost was retired during 1993, being replaced by the turbo-prop tandem-seat Tucano from 1995.

No 76 (Reserve) Squadron was disbanded in May 2011, and No 207 (Reserve) Squadron was disbanded in January 2012.

In July 2018 it was announced that flying training would cease at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in 2019 after which the RAF would draw-down operations in 2020 and hand over the site to the DIO.


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