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The South West Airfields Heritage Trust seeks to preserve the heritage and integrity of the region’s World War II airfields for future generations, while honouring those who served at them.

Sixty-five years on it is hard to imagine the plateau on top of the Blackdown Hills was once without the scars of the three airfields built there during the Second World War.

However, with the passage of time, memories of Culmhead, Upottery and Dunkeswell as they were in their heyday are fading fast, or being lost altogether as many of those once-young men and women based there are no longer with us .

It is for these reasons that the South West Airfields Heritage Trust feels the importance of the role that these airfields played should be acknowledged, and that the memory of those who served on them should be preserved for  future generations who will be able to enjoy a freedom that was by no means certain in those dark days of the War.

By today’s standards such destruction of a pleasant landscape seems unthinkable; but, for those around at the time, the speed at which these airfields were built was an amazing feat of man’s endeavor.

This was the direct result of the attack on our Island and the threat of imminent invasion.

The Trust would very much welcome anyone with an active interest in any aspect of military history (or civilian) to join.

 

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SWAHT Reenactors

This Trust has a very active friendly re-enactment group that continues to grow in stature, popularity and membership (Click on the face book symbol above) If you are interested and would like to become involved please contact Trish Knowles patricia.kTrishnowles@btinternet.com image WAM Video: Land Army Girls Haymaking ( Edit post ) inShare0 Watch the WAM …

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The South West Airfields Heritage Trust seeks to preserve the heritage and integrity of the region’s World War II airfields for future generations, while honouring those who served at them. The Trust would very much welcome anyone with an active interest in any aspect of military history (or civilian) to join us.

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6 comments

  1. ROBBERT TURNER

    Go to Westonzoyland Aviation Museum FB page to see more SWAHT PICTURES and D DAY features.

  2. Greg Sindad

    Robin,

    I hope that you are the Robin that along with his friend Mike escorted my wife and I around Upottery in 2007. I had a computer crash shortly after returning and lost all of my email contacts. If you remember, Upottery was the jumping off point for my uncle Joseph Sindad who was killed at Le Motey after fighting at the La Fiere causeway, 9 June 1944. My memories of that day in June 2007 are still vivid and with the 69th anniversary of Joe’s death approaching, I have been reliving our journey of discovery of the last days of Joe’s life. Thank you for helping us put one more piece of the puzzle in place and bring us just that much closer to a family member we never knew. If you are not the Robin that escorted us, I apologize for any intrusion. With best wishes on the upcoming D-Day anniversary, Greg and Cynthia Sindad

    gsindad@gmail.com

    1. Robin

      Greg it was a great pleasure to show you and Cynthia around Upottery airfield for both Mike and myself. Thanks for dropping bye, I will get back to you shortly on a one too one Regards Robin

  3. ROBBERT TURNER

    Remembering the heroes who brought us the Jet Age: Memorial for brave test pilots who died while…
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/
    Plans have been unveiled for a memorial to honour the pilots and crews who died at RAF Westonzoyland in Somerset, which was used as a training base for flying early jets like the Meteor.

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  4. john scott

    Do records exist which name the Polish and Czech pilots who flew from Exeter during WWII?

    1. Robin

      John as far as I know there is no complete record, but there is a great deal of information on the Polish pilots by following website http://www.polishsquadronsremembered.com this site contains a wealth of information and masses of photographs. Good Luck

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