- RAF Coastal Command Landplane Pilots Pool. Opened In June 1939 as 22 Maintenance Command Station (22 MU) – was originally ASU. The architectural criteria reflected the period and differed greatly from what came after the War.
- Transferred to 17 Group Coastal Command (Plus 22 MU). Aircraft – Hudson’s, Ansons, Bothas, Bristol Blenheims and Bristol Beauforts.
- 215 Bomber Squadron , a detachment from Bassingbourn, was at Silloth, October to November. Aircraft – Wellingtons and Ansons.
- Detachment of Ansons from 269 Sqn (based at Wick) in January
- 320 (Netherlands) Sqn (based at Carew Cheriston) were located at RAF Silloth until 24 April 1942 when the squadron moved to RAF Bircham Newton.
- Airfield bombed by Luftwaffe, after a Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) night experiment with flares dropped by a HP Hampden.
- Renamed No1 Operational Training Unit (O.T.U).
- Specialised in training Hudson crews. Aircraft – Lockheed Hudson and Avro Ansons.
- Used for aerial location shots for film ‘Yank in the RAF‘ and suffered several air raids by the Luftwaffe.
- 320 Sqn (based at Carew Cheriston) had Ansons and Hudsons detached to Silloth
- No 3 OTU (based at Cranwell) had a detachment of Wellington and Whitleys from July (leaving in June 1943)
- Airfield expanded and three concrete runways and 18 ‘Robin’ hangers built.
- Disperal areas to the north, northwest, southwest and southeast of the runway system
- Three Picket Hamilton ‘Forts’ embedded in airfield.
- First USAF Liberators land.
- In October Silloth Airfield became the base for detachment of 320 (Netherlands) Sqn flying Lockhead Hudson 111s
- The Silloth Trainer – a fixed-base aircraft-specific trainer was developed by Wing Commander Iles and is considered one of the forerunners of modern simulators. The trainer consisted of a mock-up of the front fuselage of a British Halifax bomber, the pilot’s flight controls being simulated through an analogue system that gave artificial resistance (“feel”) when the pilot moved the controls.
- Six armoured ‘Beverette’ vehicles delivered for airfield defence.
- In April 1942, 320 Sqn left Silloth
- No 3 OTU leaves
- No 6 O.T.U came from Thoraby 10 March 1943 replaces No 1 O.T.U, with Anson, Oxford Martinet and Wellington Aircraft (leaving again 18th July 1945 for Kinloss)
- Aircraft – Wellingtons and Ansons.
- Czech Aircrew (311 Sqn) arrives for training on anti-submarine missions with Liberator Bombers.
- 22 MU issues new Hurricanes, for 41 Group.
- No 6 O.T.U departs for Kinross (NI).
- ATA Disbanded,
- No5. RAF Ferry Pool formed.
- 1353, a detachment from West Freugh arrives with Hurricane, Oxford, Spitfire and Vengeance aircraft
- TT Flight Arrives,
- Aircraft –Vengeance’s and Spitfires.
- 22 MU dismantles surplus aircraft but stores Dakotas and Yorks.
- 1353 TT Flight leaves.
- 631 Sqn from Llanbedr had detachment of Martinet, Spitfire and Vengeance aircraft at Silloth between 22 August and 21st July
- 22 MU Re–issues Dakotas and Yorks for Berlin airlift.
- No 5 Ferry Pool disbanded on 22nd May
- Surplus aircraft – Ansons, Oxfords, Mosquito’s and Yorks, scrapped by 22 MU.
- Neptunes prepared for sale to foreign governments.
- 22 MU. Dismantles aircraft from Korean War.
- Manx Airlines experiments with scheduled service Aircraft – Bristol 170s
- Last aircraft (Dakota) leaves.
- No 22 MU disbanded.
- RAF puts airfield up for sale.
- Airfield sold. British Steel buys some land and uses it for executive flights.
- Light Industry.
- steel company-related civil aircraft continued to land into the 1970s
Video of Silloth Airfield 2014 (Copyright James Smith Photographer Silloth)