Tilstock
(Prees Heath, Whitchurch Heath)
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10/2006 (© Matthew Turner)
RAF Tilstock airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, butterfly reserve, parachuting centre
Tower Type:
Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41, with medium front windows to 343/43
Tower:
Preserved by butterfly-conservation.org
Other Buildings:
Few
History:
Opened in No. 93 Group Bomber Command.
09/42 to 10/08/44, No. 81 Operational Training Unit with Whitleys and Wellingtons.
01/01/44 Transferred to No. 38 (Airborne Forces) Group, training aircrews in Special Operations duties and Horsa glider towing. Also based at satellite station Sleap.
01/01/44 to 03/45, No. 1665 Heavy Conversion Unit with Stirlings and Halifaxes, moved to Saltby.
03/45 to 08/45, No. 42 OTU with Albermarles. Joined with No. 81 OTU Wellingtons.
10/08/45 to 21/01/46, No. 81 OTU became No. 1380 Transport Support Conversion Unit.
Airfield closed 03/46 and placed on care and maintenance until 1950's.
RAF Tilstock airfield
1962 (© Peter J Broom)
2003 (© Robert Truman)
RAF Tilstock Officers Mess tokens (© Brad Peacock)
1999 Robert Truman)
RAF Tilstock - Prees Heath airfield
Airfield:
Bomber Operational Training Unit
Opened:
01/08/1942
Closed:
03/1946
Pundit Code:
OK
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
3x - concrete
Hangars:
4x - T2
County:
Shropshire
Location:
3 miles SE of Whitchurch
OS Ref:
SJ562378
Links:
butterfly-conservation.org
©:
Photographs © copyright as stated
RAF Tilstock
1999 Robert Truman)
RAF Tilstock - Prees Heath airfield
RAF Tilstock - Prees Heath - airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003 -
- Prees Heath - updated 06/04/2015 -