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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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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. Membership is just …

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13 comments

  1. ROBBERT TURNER

    http://youtu.be/BGMmc4aK7xQ- Upottery 101st Airborne Div Memorial Film – taken on Sunday 9th -Not yet posted. Robbert Turner – Westonzoyland Aviation Museum Sec.

  2. ROBBERT TURNER

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

  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. leslie.snell

    entry.form.for.2013.

  5. 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

  6. Robin Harman

    Just wondering why RAF Chivenor does not appear to be included. I was a young boy going to school in Barnstaple with a gas mask slung over my shoulders in the later part of WW2 and remember seeing captured German aircraft displayed on the green in front of what is now Barnstaple’s Museum

    1. Robin

      Robin, RAF Chivenor should be included in our remit, but we have no members in North Devon who can cover the history of this airfield for us, the airfields we do include are all member related. Feel like joining us? only £10 per year, thanks for looking in

      1. 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

        2. Robin

          Greg I thought I had replied to your message, great to hear from you. Yes I recall your visit well, You now have my email address again. Mike sends his regards as well All best Robin

  7. David Bunney

    Hi Jo nice to hear about your event in August will tell our members and hopefully some will come along and support you and the good work with the greyhounds
    Regards David.

  8. Joe Gladwin

    Good Afternoon,

    I am emailing this afternoon, with regards to an event which will be taking place on the 18th of August in Upottery, as a national charity dedicated to finding loving homes for retired greyhounds we are once again bringing the South West Greyhound Gathering back to the local area. The event consists of a family fun dog show, a sponsored greyhound walk, a BBQ and Cream Teas as well a selection of trade stands, it is the second year the event has taken place and we hope you would be interested in coming along to promote your charity as you are based in the local area.

    Please do take a look at our event website for more information and I hope you will be interested in attending,

    I look forward in hearing from you,

    Kind Regards

    Joe Gladwin
    RGT Hillview (HONITON)

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