Dating an raf man
If you have memories of being stationed at any of these locations and/or have your own photographs you would like to share with readers, then please use the email link at the top and bottom of each page. The Fairey Aviation Company Limited, a British aircraft manufacturer, founded in 1915, with bases in Hayes in Greater London and Heaton Chapel and RAF Ringway in Greater Manchester, was appointed the parent company of the Burtonwood Repair Depot (BRD) in September 1940, and Mary Anne Site was developed for the BRD.
I cannot make any payment for any items, but I will credit your work. Burtonwood airfield was opened on 1 April 1940 as a servicing and storage centre for the modification of British aircraft. Altogether, there were three control towers on the base over the years.
Some of the serviceman were based at Canada Hall, an accommodation block on the site of the current University of Chester campus at Fearnhead, and at Bruche Hall, both in east Warrington.
They were sent over there because their accommodation blocks at Burtonwood were not ready in time, and were transported to and from Burtonwood in trucks.
Despite reconnaissance flights over the base by the Germans, the site was only bombed on two occasions, with little damage.
Most of the bomb damage was aimed at the larger cities of Liverpool and Manchester.
Those who boasted humanitarian endeavours were not rated as highly, nor mere jocks.
The control tower was demolished in June 2006 to make way for an Ikea distribution centre.
Which is a great shame I think this was a fire station (or if not, some sort of vehicle servicing building). Across a field is an old weapons store used for the Thor missle site.
Burtonwood was also known as Base Air Depot 1 (BAD 1), although an RAF presence continued until 21 October 1943, when the base was officially handed over to the Americans.
Burtonwood was the largest airfield in Europe during the war with the most USAAF personnel and aircraft maintenance facilities.