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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 become a Friend of the …

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10 comments

  1. Leanne

    Hi

    Are dogs allowed?

    Kind regards

    Leanne

    1. Robin

      Leanne well behaved dogs and owners are always welcome

  2. Anne Knight

    Hope you will find our website useful. It is still under construction.

    1. Robin

      Anne thanks for sharing your website with us, we will watch it develop with great interest

  3. Daniel Corey

    My dad was in the Naval air Reserve and stationed in South Dunkswell from 1943 – 1945 , if memory serves me correctly. He arrived on a sea tender( repaired PBY s) his duties there mostly involved keeping the PX or stationary stores running smoothly… Along with the ration cards for gas allotment coupons , keeping fuel trucks full etc. I have heard many stories about life there. About a local farmers family that he met and grew very fond
    of.
    What I would like to know is, are there more pictures of this base leading up to D-Day, or even records of personnel during that period, or would I. Have to get the from the US Naval Dept.
    P S. My dad actually fell in love with England and the people there. He loved the language, and the kind way he was treated.
    Don ‘t know if this is the place to be asking these questions, if not, I apologize and would like a place I could find this information .
    Sincerely , Daniel Corey

    1. Robin

      Daniel, I tried contacting you but it drew no response, the trust has a good deal of information and photographs on Dunkeswell

  4. 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

  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

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