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1983 (© Paul Francis)
RAF Chipping Warden airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, industry, runways used for vehicle storage
Tower Type:
Watch Office with Met Section, 518/40
Tower:
Demolished
Other Buildings:
Hangars, very few wartime buildings on dispersed sites
History:
07/41 to 06/45, No. 12 Operational Training Unit from Benson with Ansons and Wellingtons. 12 OTU took part in many bombing and leaflet dropping operations. Satellite airfields used at various times were Edgehill, Gaydon and Turweston.
01/12/42, Vickers Wellington crashed on take off hitting the control tower and hangars, many casualties and two people killed.
08/45 to 01/46, No. 10 ANS from Swanton Morley.
01/46 to 12/46, No. 114 Sub Storage Unit of No. 6 Maintenance Unit at Brize Norton storing Horsa gliders awaiting disposal. Airfield then closed.
09/52 to 09/53, No. 8 FTS Oxfords from Wellesbourne Mountford, airfield then closed.
RAF Chipping Warden
T2 Hangar
J Type Hangar
RAF Chipping Warden
Airfield:
Bomber Operational Training Unit - No. 12 OTU
Opened:
/1943
Closed:
09/1953
ID Code:
CW
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
3x - concrete
Hangars:
1x - J, 4x - T2
County:
Oxfordshire
Location:
6 miles NE of Banbury
OS Ref:
SP495498
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RAF Chipping Warden airfield
View East across the airfield, runway in distance with stored vehicles
A few buildings remain to the East of the airfield 2002 (© Robert Truman)
RAF Chipping Warden airfield - 12 OTU -
RAF Chipping Warden airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002 - Chipping Warden -