Promoting Awareness of Local Dartmoor Heritage
The RAF Harrowbeer airfield was located about nine miles north of the city of Plymouth and six miles south of Tavistock in Devon. The site is on Roborough Common within the boundary of Dartmoor National Park at grid reference SX513680.
Based near the village of Yelverton, the airfield was called ‘Harrowbeer’ to distinguish it from the similar-sounding RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset.
RAF Harrowbeer, officially opened on 15th August 1941, was operational as a fighter station for the remainder of WWII under the control of 10 Group Fighter Command. It was also Headquarters to the first Air Sea Rescue Squadron and reputed to be a staging point for Secret Operations Europe (SOE).