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2005 (© Barrie Larke)
Sleap airfield
Airfield Today:
Airfield
Tower Type:
Watch Office for Bomber Satellite and OTU Satellite Stations, 13726/41
Tower:
In use for Air Traffic Control and Clubhouse. In two separate incidents in 1943 Whitley bombers hit the control tower killing several aircrew and ground personnel
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
No. 93 Group Bomber Command, satellite airfield to Tilstock.
04/43 to 28/12/45, C Flight, No. 81 Operational Training Unit with Whitleys then Wellingtons.
01/01/44 Transferred to 38 (Airborne Forces) Group, training aircrews in Special Operations duties and Horsa glider towing.
10/08/45 to 21/01/46, 81 O.T.U. became No. 1380 Transport Support Conversion Unit.
Station closed 28/12/45, on care and maintenance until reopened 1956 as a Satellite to Shawbury. Central Navigation and Control School training RAF Air Traffic Controllers.
Final RAF closure 1964.
RAF Sleap airfield
A superb photo of a YMCA Tea Car on one of Sleap's dispersed sites 1945
(© via Gordon Taylor)
One of Sleap's Whitleys in a Shropshire field 1944 (© via Gordon Taylor)
RAF Sleap airfield
Airfield:
Bomber and Fighter O.T.U.
Opened:
15/01/1943 to 28/12/45
Reopened:
1956 to 1964
ID Code:
YP, now SP
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
3x - concrete
Hangars:
1x - B1, 1x - T2
County:
Shropshire
Location:
9 miles N of Shrewsbury
OS Ref:
SJ482268
Links:
www.bombercommandmuseum.ca
©:
Photographs © copyright as stated
Sleap airfield
1944 (© Wing Commander D.S. Robertson D.F.C. via Nanton Lancaster Air Museum)
Whitley glider tugs & Horsa gliders at Sleap 1944 (© W/C D.S. Robertson DFC)
RAF Sleap airfield
1956 (© Keith Seddon)
RAF Sleap airfield
2002 (© Ashley Sheriff)
RAF Sleap airfield
RAF Sleap airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2004 - Sleap -