RAF Bovingdon Airfield

RAF Bovingdon

Historical approach and aerodrome charts

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
CoordinatesN514337 W0003238 (WGS84) Google Maps
RegionHertfordshire, Hemel Hempstead
Location indicatorGANA, EGWX

Bovingdon is located about 40 km northwest of the center of London. The airfield was built during the Second World War in the 1940s and was used by the United States Army Air Forces. After the war a civilian use began. In the early 1950s, the US Air Force came to the airfield and used it until the early 1960s. Finally, Royal Air Force liaison aircraft were stationed in Bovingdon until the airfield was closed in 1972. Today the former airfield is a multi-purpose site and houses a market and a prison. In the western part of the area is the Bovingdon VOR radio beacon.

Map with location of RAF Bovingdon airfield, United Kingdom

In the 1940s

Aerial image RAF Bovingdon airfield 1945
Aerial image from 05 January 1945 - Viewing direction is northwest. The image was classified as "Restricted". (Source: US DoD)
Planes at Bovingdon airfield in World War 2
Enlargement: Planes in the southern part (Source: US DoD)
Enlargement: Runway to the northwest. - An aircraft stands at the beginning. (Source: US DoD)
RAF Bovingdon: Hangars and buildings 1945
Enlargement: Hangars and buildings in the southeast - Left of the image center is the control tower. (Source: US DoD)
ILS approach 22 Bovingdon Airfield, 1945
ILS approach runway 22 (April 1945) - The document is classified as "Confidential". (Source: US DoD)
ILS approach chart runway 22 RAF Bovingdon Airfield, United Kingdom 1945
ILS approach runway 22 (June 1945) - Classification "Restricted". (Source: US DoD)
Aerodrome map RAF Bovingdon Airfield, United Kingdom 1945
Aerodrome map (July 1945) - In the upper right corner the railway line at Bourne End is visible. Here a severe railway crash occurred on 30 September 1945, which was observed from a plane taking off from Bovingdon. See links below. (Source: US DoD)

In the 1950s

Arrival routes to Bovingdon airfield.
Arrival routes (May 1951) - Shown are the routes from the airways (Amber 1, Amber 2, Blue 1, Green 1, Red 1, Red 2) to the field. (Source: US DoD / USAF)
Departure routes Bovingdon airfield.
Departure routes in the area of London (May 1951) - On the maps in the upper right-hand corner, the responsible air traffic control areas with their communication channels are listed. In emergencies or if the VHF radio fails, the shortwave frequency 3270 kHz is still available. (Source: US DoD / USAF)
Map of the holding patterns Bovingdon airfield
Map of the holding patterns (May 1951) (Source: US DoD / USAF)
NDB approach runway 22 RAF Bovingdon, 1953
NDB approach runway 22 (September 1953) - Airfields in the vicinity: Booker, Cheddington, Denham, Elstree, Halton, Hatfield, Hendon, Leavsden, Luton, Radlett, Wing. (Source: US DoD / USAF)
Airfield map RAF Bovingdon, 1953
Airfield map (September 1953) - There are two runways - 04/22: length 1494 m, width 46 m (4902 feet x 150 feet), 09/27: length 1321 m, width 46 m (4335 feet x 150 feet). The field is jointly operated military and civil. A Standard Beam Approach (SBA) is available as approach aid. (Source: US DoD / USAF)

In the 1960s

NDB approach chart runway 22 RAF Bovingdon, United Kingdom 1960
NDB approach runway 22 (October 1960) (Source: US DoD)
Bovingdon military airfield on an enroute chart November 1963
Bovingdon military airfield on an enroute chart from November 1963 - ASR/PAR: The field is equipped with Aerodrome Surveillance Radar (ASR) and Precision Approach Radar (PAR). (Source: US DoD)

Index to the objects shown on the maps


  • Booker, Bovingdon
  • Cheddington
  • Denham
  • Elstree
  • Halton, Hatfield, Hendon
  • Leavesden, London Heathrow, Luton
  • Northolt
  • Radlett
  • Wing

Radio beacons:

  • Ashford Marker
  • Beacon Hill Marker
  • Bovingdon NDB "MZZ", "BX"
  • Brookmans Park Broadcasting Station
  • Burnham NDB "MWM"
  • Chatham Range "MVM"
  • Chertsey Marker
  • Compton Marker
  • Crowborough NDB "MYC"
  • Dunsfold Range "MYD"
  • Epsom Range "MYE"
  • Haslemere Marker
  • Seaford Marker
  • Seven Oaks Marker
  • Watford Range "MYW"
  • Woburn Sands Marker
  • Woodley NDB "MWZ"

Air traffic control / Communications:

  • Bovingdon Approach Control, Bovingdon Tower
  • London Airways

Source for all maps, if not marked otherwise: US Department of Defense (US DoD)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Bovingdon - Wikipedia: RAF Bovingdon
http://www.ukairfieldguide.net/airfields/Bovingdon - UK Airfields & Airports
http://www.controltowers.co.uk/B/bovingdon.htm - Control Towers
http://www.bovingdonairfield.co.uk/ - Homepage
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bourne_End_rail_cras... - Bourne End rail crash
http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/eventsummary.php?... - Accident at Bourne End on 30th September 1945


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