Welcome, and glad you found us. This website serves in the public domain for those inquiring or curious about RAF Station Kirknewton and the USAF and their Top Secret mission during the cold war years of 1952-1966.
A directory on the left are links to background information. Click on the underlined topic to view.
Operations in August 1952 had 17 officers and 155 airmen living in tents with wooden floors. During 1953 construction of support facilities was undertaken and the airmen began moving into prefab H-frame buildings heated with small oil burners. During 1953 the staffing level was brought up to about 450 personnel in the 37th Radio Squadron Mobile (RSM) and the 7535th Air Base Squadron was formed to provide base support services with additional personnel. The 37th RSM was re-designated the 6952nd RSM in May 1955 and became the 6952nd Radio Group in July 1963 and stood down in 1966. The tour of duty was three years for single and married personnel accompanied by family. It is estimated that approximately 3000 airmen or more served at RAF Station Kirknewton from 1952 through 1966. Around 1900 names are on the alumni list. This list can be viewed by clicking on Alumni Information in the Directory on the upper left.
Not much exists today of the old RAF Station Kirknewton site. The upper main site has been demolished and the area now is high-end expensive homes. The buildings utilized by the USAF at the lower site have been demolished except for 2 airplane hangars that are in use today. The runways on the lower site still exist and are utilized by the 661st Volunteer Glider Squadron (VGS). The 661st resides in temporary administrative buildings and utilize one of the hangars to house the gliders. The other hangar is utilized by local residents for private airplanes.
A reunion of former USAF members that served at RAF Station Kirknewton was held in Edinburgh, Scotland September 18-23, 2013. The 661st hosted the group for a luncheon and presentation on their glider activities. Fred Crawford (1963-1965) then gave a presentation (click here to view) on the USAF years at RAF Station Kirknewton. This was followed by a slide presentation of old photo's (click here to view).
From 2000-2014 a members only website called Clan Kirknewton existed on Myfamily.com where members could share memories and photos. Myfamily.com stopped providing that service on September 30, 2014. A new members only website has been established on spokt.com. If you served at RAF Station Kirknewton during this time, and would like to be a member, send me an email and I will direct you to the proper contact.
Harry Hathhorn, Webmaster
RAF Station Kirknewton (Aug 1955--Nov 1957)
Det 3-2, Samsun, Turkey (Dec 1957--Dec 1958)