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Beverley History – RAF Lightning Jets

For anyone living in Beverley in the 1960’s the English Electric Lightning jet fighter was very much part of everyday life and could often be seen flying over Beverley and especially Molescroft which was directly on the flight path for RAF Leconfield.

Based at the camp was 19 Squadron, which was equipped with the very noisy Lightning interceptors between 1962 and 1965. When the squadron moved to Germany residents looked forward to a more peaceful life until the RAF announced that Leconfield would become the home of 60 Maintenance Unit which was responsible for the major servicing of all the EE/BAC Lightning jets, plus several other tasks.

By 1977 the Lightning’s were just a memory as the base had closed to become home of the Defence School of Transport (DST Leconfield) and is one of the Schools that make up the Defence College of Logistics Policing and Administration (DCLPA) it is a Tri-Service establishment.  Leconfield is now Europe’s largest driver training establishment; the accommodation is designated as Normandy Barracks.