The South West Airfields Heritage Trust seek to preserve the history of the Second World War airfields of  South West England, including


  • Culm Head (Church Stanton)
  • Dunkeswell;
  • Merry Field
  • Upottery.
  • RAF Exeter (Airport)

We also seek to preserve the memory of those who served at the other WW2 airfields in South West England.

Below is a Google Map of the area of these three airfields:
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Merryfield Circa 1964

Merryfield and the 441st Troop Carrier Group

Merryfield and the 441st Troop Carrier Group. The majority of the following information has come from a publication that the 441st TCGp commissioned during July 1944 with E Goodman & Son Ltd, The Phoenix Press, Taunton, Somerset, England. This document gives the perfect example for the historian to understand the make up of a Troop …

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RAF Church Stanton 1941 Christmas menu

RAF Culmhead

All three airfields were built after the Battle of Britain: the first at Tricky Warren was started in 1941 and originally intended as an emergency landing ground, initially to be known as RAF Churchstanton. (It was eventually to be renamed RAF Culmhead, as the original prefix had caused confusion with RAF Church Fenton in Yorkshire). …

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RAF Dunkeswell

Affectionately called by the Americans “Mudville Heights”, of the three airfields Dunkeswell is possibly the best documented. Post-war it has also remained the most active with a flying school and club facilities that go back several decades, it is also well known within the parachuting fraternity and has  a first rate parachute school, In recent …

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RAF Exeter

Exeter International Airport was the site of RAF Exeter during World War Two. With Exeter being one of the targets for the Baedeker Blitz , as Hitler tried to destroy the morale of the British people, RAF Exeter Airport was a very active operational fighter base. At the front line of air defense in the …

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RAF Upottery

The airfield at Smeatharpe was the last of the three airfields to be built on the Blackdown Hills during 1943 and was officially named Upottery. It is with sadness that we report the death of Vincent Busone who was the Adjutant of the 439th Troop Carrier Group, he passed away on Monday June 20th 2011. …

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1 comment

  1. Robin

    Over the coming months we shall be adding personal memories and photo’s from WWII to the airfields above. Starting with RAF Exeter, the first includes part of the manifests of the men from the 3rd Battalion 506th Parachute Regiment as they boarded the forty-five transport planes of the 440th Troop Carrier Group for the D-Day operation Neptune, These have kindly been provided by Ian Gardener and Roger Day authors of “Tonight We Die As Men” the untold story of the men of the 3rd battalion 506th PIR. and another book ‘Deliver Us From Darkness’

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