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The original Watch Office 'Bungalow' 1980's (© Paul Francis)
RAF Halfpenny Green airfield
Airfield Today:
Halfpenny Green airfield now Wolverhampton airport
Tower Type:
1. Watch Office and Chief Instructors Office 641/41
2. Watch Office for all Commands 12779/41 with post-war VCR
Tower:
1. In use
2. In use for air traffic control
Other Buildings:
Many
History:
02/41 to 12/45, No. 3 Air Observer Navigation School opened to a flooded airfield and its Blackburn Bothas were at Cosford until 06/41. Bothas replaced by Ansons and 11/41 renamed No. 3 Air Observers School, 04/42 renamed No. 3 (Observer) Advanced Flying Unit.
09/43, RAF Bobbington renamed RAF Halfpenny Green.
04/44 to 11/45, No. 1545 BAT Flight moved here from Wheaton Aston with Oxfords.
01/46 to /51, Airfield transferred to Maintenance Command with No.25 Maintenance Unit here until airfield closed and put under care and maintenance.
/52 to 09/53, Airfield reopened during Korean War with Ansons of an Air Navigation School.
1960, Airfield re-opened to private aviation, now Wolverhampton airport.
RAF Halfpenny Green - Wolverhampton airport
2003 (© David Morgan)
RAF Halfpenny Green - Wolverhampton airport
Airfield:
Air Observer Navigation School
Opened:
/41
Closed:
/53
ID Code:
HG
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
3 concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
7x - Blister, 16x - EO Blister
County:
Worcestershire, now Staffordshire
Location:
7 miles W of Wolverhampton
OS Ref:
SO824912
Links:
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Photographs © copyright as stated
Note!:
Halfpenny Field: The airfield portrayed as 'RAF Halfpenny Field' in the film 'The Way to the Stars' starring John Mills was NOT shot here but at Catterick.
RAF Halfpenny Green - Wolverhampton airport
2005 (© John Edmunds)
2005 (© Peter Hawkes)
2003 (© David Morgan)
2003 (© Alistair McBain)
RAF Halfpenny Green airfield - Wolverhampton airport
(above) Parachute shed (below) original watch office seen from the new control tower
2010
(© Tony Rowlands)
RAF Halfpenny Green airfield - Wolverhampton airport
RAF Bobbington airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2006 -
-RAF Halfpenny Green airfield - Wolverhampton airport - updated 12/09/2014 -