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RAF Gütersloh

Station crest
Military unit
Unit nameRoyal Air Force Station Gütersloh
FoundedJune 1945 - 1993
AllegianceUK: British Armed Forces
BranchRoyal Air Force
TypeFlying station
RoleFighter attack and defence
Part ofRAF Second Tactical Air Force,
then Royal Air Force Germany,
finally No. 2 Group RAF
Garrison/HQGütersloh, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Nickname"Gütersloh", "Gut", "Gutters" "Sunny Gutters"
MottoVallis Vesperis
MarchRoyal Air Force March Past
EquipmentEnglish Electric Lightning,
BAe Harrier,
Boeing Chinook,
Puma HC1

RAF Gütersloh

Airport information
Airport typeMilitary
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operatorformerly: Royal Air Force,
now: British Army
LocationGütersloh, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Elevation72 m (236 ft)

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The former Royal Air Force Station Gütersloh, more commonly known as RAF Gütersloh, was a Royal Air Force Germany military airbase, the nearest Royal Air Force airbase to the East/West German border, in the vicinity of the town of Gütersloh. It was constructed by the Germans prior to World War II. The base was captured by the Americans in April 1945 and was handed over to the RAF in June 1945 as Headquarters No. 2 Group RAF.

During its history as an RAF base, it was home to two squadrons of the English Electric Lightning F2/F2A - No. 92 Squadron RAF and No. 19 Squadron RAF from 1968 to 1976. It then became home to No. 3 Squadron RAF and No. 4 Squadron RAF which flew successive variants of the BAe Harrier. After the Harriers departed, the RAF continued to operate helicopters, No. 18 Squadron RAF with the Boeing Chinook and No. 230 Squadron RAF with the Puma HC1.

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