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Report - RAF Tilstock shropshire sept 2014

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by lucan, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. lucan

    lucan 28DL Full Member
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    Shropshire airfield earmarked for demolition
    http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/...shropshire-airfield-earmarked-for-demolition/

    They were at the centre of Britain's war effort, training pilots and crews for Whitley, Stirling and Halifax bombers.
    Housing developers are planning to demolish and build 4 houses on the site

    a bit of history from the wiki
    Opened in 1915 as a training base for the British Army, it had a capacity for 30,000 men for training in trench warfare. It additionally acted later as a store for supplies, with its own railway depot feed by a 1 mile (1.6 km) branch line from the LNWR's Crewe and Shrewsbury Railway. As casualties mounted, it became a hospital with a fully fledged barracks.

    The scale and size of the camp brought about the appointment of the first female police officers in the Shropshire Constabulary, to manage and restrain local women from heading to the camp.[3]

    After the war ended, the facilities were downgraded, with the British Government keeping ownership of the site for Army training purposes

    At the outbreak of World War II in 1939, the site became an internment camp for screening Austrian and German refugees, with capacity added for holding 2,000 men by the erection of a large tented village. Later converted to a prisoner of war camp, it closed 4 Oct 1941

    Construction of an airfield was completed by mid 1942, the airfield opening on 1 August that year, with a classic three concrete runway RAF "star" arrangement. The name 'Whitchurch Heath' being used until 1 June 1943, when RAF Tilstock was adopted. Between 1 September 1942 and 21 January 1946, the airfield was used by No. 81 Operational Training Unit and No. 1665 Heavy Conversion Unit Royal Air Force for the training of pilots and crews in the operation of Whitley, Stirling and Halifax heavy bombers. During the 1950s, Auster AOP.6 and Auster T.7 'spotter' aircraft of No. 663 (AOP) Squadron RAF used the facilities of the otherwise non-operational airfield during weekends for liaison flights with Royal Artillery units on training exercises

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    thanks for looking
     
    #1 lucan, Sep 27, 2014
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  2. Ordnance

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    Re: RAF Tilstock shropshire 2014

    You start by says soon to be demolished, but no further detail?
     
  3. lucan

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    Re: RAF Tilstock shropshire 2014

    sorry , i forgot to add the link to the story
     
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    Re: RAF Tilstock shropshire 2014

    Thanks Lucan,
    I found that very interesting.
    Thanks for posting.

    Dragon's Lair
     
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    I usually don't bother with RAF sites as i find them a little tedious, but this one looks pretty ace, reminds me of the POW camp in Hatfield Heath.
     
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