RAF Charmy Down - Voices in the Watch Office

RAF Charmy Down - Voices in the Watch Office

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RAF Charmy Down, 3 miles north-northeast of Bath in Somerset, was intended as a satellite for RAF Colerne, but opened in late 1940 as a sector station in No. 10 Group Fighter Command

Originally just a grass surface with landing strips of 1,370 yards southeast to northwest and northeast to southwest, it was later upgraded to the Class A airfield standard in 1941, with a tarmac perimeter track and 39 aircraft dispersal points

It saw both RAF and USAAF units based there before closing in 1946 when it lay abandoned for many years. The hangars were removed, but the outline of the runways can still be seen in aerial photography. Much of the perimeter track remains as do several of the derelict buildings, including the control tower of the Watch Office for Night Fighter stations, FCW4514 type

A few of the Blister hangars remain and are used for farm storage. Most of the pillboxes also remain but, being largely subterranean, are filled in. The ammunition dumps also remain.

I visited this airfield in the mid 1980s I believe, and the recording was taken on tape recorder

Music
Patrick Patrikios - Voices
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