IN REACH OF THE SKIES

CHEDWORTH

BROADWELL

MEPAL

WARBOYS

HARROWBEER

UPOTTERY

CALSHOT

STEEPLE MORDEN

HORHAM

RAF Chedworth in Gloucestershire was a WWII airfield that was home to Operational Training and Technical Excercise units. Long since disused it is still possible to find good evidence of the runways and perimeter tracks. Remaining structures include the battle HQ, armoury and a number of buildings on the former WAAF site which are now hidden amongst trees. As seen in October 2013.

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Broadwell is just a couple of miles from Brize Norton. Open from 1943 to 1947 it operated under Transport Command and played a major roll in dropping parachutes and gliders for D-Day and at Arnhem. Good lengths of the main runway still exist together one hard standing and other sections of runway and perimeterr track. Few buildings remain but a notable exception is the derelict control tower. From a visit in October 2013.

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Mepal was a WWII base in Camridgeshire that was home to 75 (NZ) squadron. There is now little left of the airfield which is bisected by the A142. Buildings have been demolished and runways lifted and a gun club occupies some of the remaining site. From a quick look in December 2013.

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Warboys in Cambridgeshire was a pathfinder base during WWII. Most buildings have long since been demolished and the field returned to agriculture but there are still some signs of its former existence. Viewed in December 2013.

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Harrowbeer is at Yelverton, a little north of Plymouth. Opening in 1941 it was part of 10 Group Fighter Command before closing in 1945. The airfield is now parkland and the perimeter track and revetments serve as parking areas. Most other structures have been removed although the bases of some remain. There are also a couple of memorials. From a damp day in April 2014.

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RAF Upottery, or Smeatharpe as it is sometimes referred to due to its proximity to the village of the same name, was a WWII airfield in Devon close to Honiton. Active from 1944 to 1948 the 506th Parachute Infantry regiment left from Upottery on the night of 5th June 1944 to drop troops behind the lines in readiness for the landings at Utah beach. Today, although returned to agriculture, most of the runways remain, along with some of the perimeter track and a few buildings, including the control tower. Pictures from April 2014.

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Not strictly an airfield but a seaplane base in Hampshire famous for its connection with the Schneider trophy and subsequent 1931 airspeed record. Also the centre for seaplane manufacture over a number of years. Most of the original hangars survive but are now in use as activity centres. Pictures taken June 2014.

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This former RAF and USAAF airfield in Cambridgeshire has now returned to agriculture and there are few signs of runways or original buildings remaining. However, the field is notable for a very impressive memorial. As seen in July 2014.

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Horham in Suffolk, next to the village of the same name, was a USAAF 95th Bombardment Group airfield during WWII. Home mainly to B-17s it was active from 1942 to 1946 after which it was declared surplus. Although most buildings have been removed a small section of runway is still used by light aircraft. There is a nice memorial outside of the local church and the Red Feather Club houses a museum on the edge of the field. Pictures from March 2015.

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