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Bungalow Watch Office with the later Navy tower in the background 1992 (© Adrian Morris)
Hinstock airfield, HMS Godwit
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
1. Satellite Landing Ground 'Bungalow' type Watch Office
2. Standard Naval 4 storey
Tower:
1. Demolished
2. Control tower to be converted into a house
Other Buildings:
Many
History:
10/41 to 6/43, Opened to 37 MU from Burtonwood as 21 Satellite Landing Ground called Ollerton. Transferred to 27 MU from Shawbury.
7/43 to 1/46, Transferred to the Royal Navy and renamed Hinstock. Then used as a satellite to Stretton while it was rebuilt with steel track runways and reopened as HMS Godwit 6/43. Used for instrument and blind flying training, main Sqns 758 Sqn Naval Advanced Instrument Flying School and 739 Sqn Blind Approach Devolopment Unit. Many aircraft types here including Anson, Oxford, Swordfish, Harvard, Barracuda, Firefly and Whitley. Flying transferred to Peplow when this airfield was closed.
Hinstock airfield, HMS Godwit
2001 (© Robert Truman)
Hinstock airfield, HMS Godwit
Airfield:
Instrument Flying Training
Opened:
10/1941
Closed:
02/1947
ID Code:
?
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
grass then 1 steel matting
Hangars:
Many, exact type and quantity unknown
County:
Shropshire
Location:
4 miles SW of Market Drayton
OS Ref:
SJ660265
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All photographs copyright © as stated
Hinstock airfield, HMS Godwit
2001 (© Robert Truman)
Hinstock airfield, HMS Godwit
1961 (© Peter J Broom)
Control tower now converted into a house 2004 (© )
Hinstock airfield, HMS Godwit
airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003