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c.1950 (© 605 Squadron via Ian Piper)
RAF Honiley airfield
Airfield Today:
Vehicle test track
Tower Type:
1. Watch Office with Met Section 518/40, concrete floor to 8936/40
2.
Tower:
1. Demolished 1960s
2.
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
Originally used as a landing ground for night fighters. Originally called Ramsey, renamed Honiley 08/41. Used by many nightfighter Sqns defending the Midlands, including 1456 (Turbinlite) Sqn Havocs.
17/08/43 to 21/03/44, 63 OTU instructing Airborne Interception techniques with Beaufighters and Blenheims. Moved to Cranfield.
07/44 to , transferred to 26 Signals Group, Bomber Command. Renamed Signals Flying Unit 20/07/44 testing new radio equipment. Moved to Watton 08/46.
31/08/46 to 10/03/57, 605 Sqn RAaxAF with Mosquito and Vampires.
1833 Sqn RNVR here until 10/03/57 with Sea Vampires then Attackers.
15/04/57 Station on Care and Maintenance until closure.
RAF Honiley
1946 (© via Ian Woodward)
RAF Honiley airfield
Airfield:
Nightfighter airfield, OTU
Opened:
/05/1941
Closed:
01/03/1958
ID Code:
HY
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
3x tarmac
Hangars:
3x Bellman, 12x Blister
County:
Warwickshire
Location:
7 miles SW of Coventry
OS Ref:
SP233736
Links:
www.605squadron.com
©
Photographs copyright as stated
RAF Honiley
c.1950 (© 605 Squadron via Ian Piper)
RAF Honiley

The following photographs of RAF Honiley in 1945 were sent in by Joe Russon;
A civilian technician and an LAC (Redman I think) on
top of the water tower installing a TV aerial in the
hope of
receiving BBC TV
signals from Alexandra Palace
on resumption of TV broadcasting (yes it
was successful!)
View of Honiley airfield
Note the Wellington in
the air under GCA
(Ground Control Approach landing) instruction
Hangars with control tower






Billets -
I was in the centre hut
Technical Workshops with hangers and control tower to the
rear.
Note in foreground the
radio mast bearing
the "Ham Radio" beam aerial of the Tech Wing
Squadron Leader - callsign G2ZV
Looking towards the main entrance of the Station - across the
cookhouse and cinema with the Station HQ on the
right and the Guardhouse on the left
RAF Honiley airfield in 1945
RAF Honiley airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002 - Honiley - Honiley -