|Also known as:
||RAF Harrowbeer / Yelverton / Yelverton Business Park
||Industry / Open land / Public roads
||15 August 1941 - 1950
Harrowbeer Airfield, opened on August 15th 1941, played a major part in winning World War Two by accommodating numerous RAF fighter squadrons which mounted relentless offensive sorties against enemy targets.
Primarily Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Typhoon units achieved significant results through their fighter-bomber, bomber escort and convoy patrol duties. Further squadrons later proved highly active around the D-Day period in the summer of 1944 and ensured the Normandy invasion would be successful by closely supporting Allied ground forces and attacking a wide variety of targets such as German shipping and radar sites.
Another notable wartime event here was this airfield’s leading role in the early development of properly organised RAF air-sea rescue squadrons as No 276 Squadron maintained its headquarters at Harrowbeer between October 1941 and April 1944, saving many lives in the process.
After WW2 ended in Europe Harrowbeer closed as a station within RAF Fighter Command on May 13th 1946. Thereafter it remained open in a lesser capacity for communications and gliding until it finally closed during 1950. Just over ten years later a plan emerged for it to replace Roborough as Plymouth's airport but the proposal fell through and much of the airfield was demolished in the 1960s. However, this disused airfield remains popular locally and elsewhere, as evidenced by guided walks by the Harrowbeer Interest Group.
The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/09/2011)
Knightstone Tea Rooms
Lubricants Sount West
Polish Saturday School in Plymouth
The Yelverton Carpet Company