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Report - Tilstock RAF, Prees Heath, June '16

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by 350cewild, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. 350cewild

    350cewild 28DL Full Member
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    Hi Everyone,

    I know, I know its been done lots, but its such a great site with so much history.

    So on with a little bit of history.

    They were at the centre of Britain's war effort, training pilots and crews for Whitley, Stirling and Halifax bombers.
    RAF Tilstock, just off the A41, was opened in mid 1939 with the name Whitchurch Heath being used until June 1943, when the name Tilstock was adopted. Between September 1942 and January 1946 the airfield was used for bomber pilot and crew training.
    There are six military buildings, the largest of which was the operations room for RAF Tilstock from 1939 until 1945.
    It is recorded by Shropshire Council as a heritage asset, but a planning statement form Halls says despite detailed research into the records there is little specific information on the site or the building. Sadly its up for planning to get completely demolished.
    At the outbreak of WW 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, only one runway remains, said grassy and now used for skydiving. The RAF left the site around 1946.

    The visit was peaceful if not wet. We got absolutely drenched even with wood cover but hey ho it actually made the visit more fun. I was just happy to have seen it, doesn't matter about its state if you the imagination you can feel the vibe. I hope that it doesn't get flattened. Its quite an extensive site, you need to keep walking. The bunkers were a real treat and of course the hunt for the famous beetle even in its sorry state.

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