RAF Rednal

RAF Rednal
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg
Oswestry, Shropshire in England
RAF Rednal is located in Shropshire
RAF Rednal
RAF Rednal
Shown within Shropshire
Coordinates52°50′28″N 2°55′57″W / 52.84111°N 2.93250°W / 52.84111; -2.93250Coordinates: 52°50′28″N 2°55′57″W / 52.84111°N 2.93250°W / 52.84111; -2.93250
TypeRoyal Air Force station
Site information
OwnerAir Ministry
OperatorRoyal Air Force
Controlled byRAF Fighter Command
Site history
Built1941 (1941)/42
In useApril 1942 - 1945 (1945)
Battles/warsEuropean theatre of World War II
Airfield information
Elevation91 metres (299 ft)[1] AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
00/00  Concrete
00/00  Concrete
00/00  Concrete

Royal Air Force Rednal or more simply RAF Rednal is a former Royal Air Force station located near Oswestry in Shropshire, England.

History[]

R.A.F. use[]

The airfield was laid out in 1941.[2] It involved the requisition of much farmland, notably at Haughton to the south where the perimeter track ran along the back of the Haughton Farm and only a few yards away from the farmhouse was a storage area holding 9,000 gallons of high octane aircraft fuel. Because of the latter home's closeness to the flight path, it was given by the RAF a reinforced steel kitchen table under which occupants could shelter in emergencies.[3]

It began operational use the following year, when the airfield was initially a training base for Spitfire pilots. At its highest strength it had 1,600 servicemen and women stationed there, accommodated in huts dispersed widely among the woods and fields for a considerable distance.[2] The remote station arranged special stops at the nearest railway line for trains to embark or disembark personnel.[4]

In the summer of 1944 it accepted wounded personnel from the Normandy landings for onward transmission to military hospitals elsewhere in Shropshire. In 1945 the services provided by the station were removed to Keevil, Wiltshire and the airfield was vacated in 1946 although it was not sold by the Air Ministry until 1962.[3]

Units stationed[]

The following units were here at some point:[5]

Present day[]

Many of the station outbuildings were extant as of 2013 and the airfield held the headquarters of The Classic and Vintage Aeroplane Company who operated displays of restored vintage aircraft at air shows and other major events.[3]

Memorials[]

At the roadside at the entrance to the airfield is a memorial stone with plaque to a Belgian pilot, Jean Joseph Albert Noizet who was killed in a training flight from Rednal on 22 August 1943 when his aircraft crashed into woods near Lilleshall, Shropshire.[3] On an outbuilding of Haughton Farm (private property, above mentioned) is a plaque in memory of another trainee pilot, Sergeant Pilot S.P. Lister who was killed on 8 September 1942 when his Spitfire, while taking off from a runway, crash landed on the premises.[7]

References[]

Citations[]

  1. ^ Falconer 1998, p. 73.
  2. ^ a b Francis, Peter (2013). Shropshire War Memorials, Sites of Remembrance. YouCaxton Publications. p. 164. ISBN 978-1-909644-11-3.
  3. ^ a b c d Shropshire War Memorials, Sites of Remembrance, p.165.
  4. ^ Shropshire War Memorials, Sites of Remembrance, pp.164-165.
  5. ^ "Rednal". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  6. ^ Lake 1999, p. 158.
  7. ^ Shropshire War Memorials, Sites of Remembrance, p.167.

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