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RAF Chedworth. WAAF site.

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RAF Chedworth. WAAF site.

Post by MarkG » Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:12 pm

RAF Chedworth was opened in April 1942 as a sattelite airfield to RAF Aston Down.
Spitfires of 52 OTU (Operational Training Unit) RAF Aston Down used the airfield until 1943, when Oxfords arrived from the Advanced Flying Unit at South Cerney.
Mosquito II's from 60/63 OTU began using the airfield in October 1943. A few months later the USAAF used Chedworth in June and July 1944 with L-5 Sentinels from the 9th AF, 125th Liason Sqn.
The airfield soon returned to the RAF however, this time with Mustangs and Typhoons fron the nearby RAF Aston Down.
After the war, RAF Chedworth was used for storage by the Navy and during the 60's by the local flying club from RAF Little Rissington who used it for practised forced landings.
Since the 1970's, the site has gradually returned to agricultural use, although many of the buildings still remain as does large parts of the runways.

Over the last few weeks, Stubie, Steve Smith and myself have spent several hours on this site. There are too many photo's to post all at once! Here's the first lot, taken at the WAAF site.

One of the many blast shelters.
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The water tower and boiler room.
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Interior of the hut next to the boiler room. Note the original green and cream paint work!
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To the left of this road would've stood the technical site.
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Formerly Beer Monster

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