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Hawker Typhoons near the Watch Office 1943 (© Mr. Hayes)
1950 (© Mr. Hayes)
2002
RAF Warmwell - Battle of Britain airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, housing, quarry
Tower Type:
1. 1937 - 1941 Air traffic control not known
2. Watch Office for all Commands 12779/41, medium windows to 343/43
Tower:
1. Demolished
2. Converted to house
Other Buildings:
Few, part of perimiter track and Bellman hangers
History:
Opened to No.6 Armament Training Camp (known as RAF Woodsford until 7/38) with Tutor and Wallace target tugs over the Chesil Bank gunnery range.
05/40 to 05/44 taken over by No.10 Group Fighter Command. There were several Luftwaffe raids during the Battle of Britain and through to spring 1941. At least 33 RAF Sqns operated from here (including 19 ,41, 118, 130, 152, 164, 174, 175, 181, 182, 184, 234, 245, 247, 257, 263, 266, 302, 312, 350, 401, 402, 403, 411, 438, 439, 440, 443, 609 and 610 Sqns). Aircraft included Hurricanes, Spitfires, Typhoons and Whirlwinds.
No.275 and 276 Sqns air-sea rescue here with Walrus amphibians.
03/44 to 08/44, 428th, 429th, 430th FS of the 474th FG with P-38 Lightnings. First mission flown 25/4/44, 27 P-38's were lost in action before the move to Normandy.
Post-war used by target towing aircraft until 10/45, airfield then on Care and Maintenance until sold off in 1950.
RAF Warmwell airfield
1930s (© George Keeble) George Keeble's father flew from Warmwell in the 1930's.
Above:
Westland Wallace aircraft, K6063 and K8633
Below: Looking east towards the pre-war hangar and buildings, the top half of the photo is now the new housing estate and memorial area.
RAF Warmwell - Battle of Britain airfield
Airfield:
Operational Fighter
Opened:
05/1937
Closed:
11/1945
Code:
XW
USAAF Station:
454
Runways:
Grass
Hangars:
1x - Pre-war, 2x - Bellman, 8x - Blister
County:
Dorset
Location:
4 miles E of Dorchester
OS Ref:
SY765885
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Photographs © copyright as stated
RAF Warmwell
Side (move cursor over image to see drawings) Rear
View east along the perimeter track, now used as road. Control Tower is just at left of hill brow, airfield was to right of road.
Bellman Hangars to South of airfield
RAF Warmwell airfield
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