Sep 11


After some considerable time and a lot of effort we can announce that the Dunkeswell Heritage Centre, at Dunkeswell Airfield, will be open on Sunday 25th September at 11am – 4pm, all flags flying!


We are aiming to open the centre on Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sundays.  With perhaps a break Jan to Feb where we can open by appointment to groups for a fee.


If you can, please come and join us and see our newest Heritage Centre which illustrates the story of Dunkeswell during WWII with photographs, storyline and supporting exhibits and artefacts.


To find us we are situated between the Aviator Restaurant and the Parachute centre, Skybuzz, on the main road to the airport. EX14 4LG.


You can find public catering and toilet facilities at the Aviator  just 50yds away – they will be very pleased to see you and if you want one of their fabulous carvery lunches you do need to book. J


We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible who can make it and we hope you will find our offering interesting and enjoyable to visit.

Jun 09

We now have a very limited number of brand new copies of “Into The Valley” by Col Charles H Young these are available from the Upottery Heritage Centre (First come first served)

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Feb 29

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Sep 13

A Civilians wartime memory of Dunkeswell

Jim Board of Colyton  was a civilian wartime veteran of Dunkeswell.

He first gave an account of an eye injury as a teenager – caused by some larking about boys which landed him in the South Street, Exeter Eye Infirmary during the Blitz of 1942. He described a terrible raid which resulted in one hundred and sixteen deaths, the Infirmary being used as an over-spill mortuary. Next day he went out into the streets and couldn’t believe the devastation. Much of the most historic parts had been completely and indiscriminately destroyed.

As a sixteen year old lad he was employed by a local company who had the contract to prepare the airfield for the American occupation.
Nothing though could have prepared Jim for sights he was to witness in his time there.

A Liberator landed once without landing gear – the sparks flying. Immediately – a fire crew jeep went screaming out onto the runway, hit a drain cover, catapulted up into the air somersaulting several times before landing and killing the four American occupants. (Not the only American jeep fatalities which I know of in the area)

On another occasion he witnessed a pilot step out in front of his plane to see it suddenly blow up and completed engulf him in flames – totally incinerating him. As Jim summed up – ‘I went there as a boy and left as a man.’

Haunting memories which I’m sure will be encapsulated in his book – ‘River Runs By’.

Sep 03

RAF Exeter WW2 RAF Anti aircraft Gunner Albert Strong sets up home in one of the accomodation huts after demob

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Oct 20

Dunkeswell new collection of photos from the Album of Virginia Quaife, Red Cross Director 1944 -45

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