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RAF Calveley
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg
IATA: none – ICAO: none
Airport type Military
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Nantwich
Built 1941
In use 1942-1946
Coordinates 53°06′48″N 002°36′14″W / 53.11333°N 2.60389°W / 53.11333; -2.60389Coordinates: 53°06′48″N 002°36′14″W / 53.11333°N 2.60389°W / 53.11333; -2.60389
RAF Calveley is located in Cheshire
RAF Calveley
Location in Cheshire
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 4,200[1] 1,280 Concrete
17/35 3,300 [1] 1,006 Concrete
11/29 3,900[1] 1,190 Concrete
Opening Date [2]

RAF Calverley is a former RAF station located near Nantwich in Cheshire.[3][4]

History[edit | edit source]

In December 1940, it was decided to build an airfield near the village of Wardle, Cheshire, north-west of Nantwich, as one of a number of airfields intended to boost the fighter defence of Merseyside. The airfield was built by Peter Lind Ltd in 1941–1942, and had three concrete runways of between 1,100 yards (1,000 m) and 1,400 yards (1,300 m).[5]

By the time the airfield was complete, the need for fighter defences for the North-West of England had declined, so it was decided to use it for training, with the station opening as a Relief Landing Ground for No. 5 Service Training Flying School (SFTS) based at RAF Ternhill in Shropshire on 14 March 1942.[6] 5 STFS was renamed No. 5 (Pilot) Advanced Flying Unit ((P)AFU) on 13 April 1942, continuing operations both from Ternhill and its satellites, including Calverley, which was the only one of Ternhill's satellites to have hard runways.[7] In May 1943 RAF Calveley became the main base for No. 17 (P)AFU, equipped with 174 Miles Master trainers, which moved from RAF Watton in Norfolk. To accommodate the unit's large number of aircraft, RAF Wrexham served as a satellite airfield.[8]

17 (P)AFU disbanded on 1 February 1944, as part of a shuffle of training units which saw No. 11 P(AFU), equipped with 132 Airspeed Oxfords, move from RAF Shawbury, freeing the well equipped Shawbury for the Vickers Wellingtons of the Central Navigation School to move from RAF Cranage.[9]

Posted units and aircraft[edit | edit source]

Current use[edit | edit source]

The airfield is now farmland and part of an industrial estate.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ferguson 2008, p. 36.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "RAF Calveley". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. http://www.abct.org.uk/airfields/calveley. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "RAF Calveley". Control Towers. http://www.controltowers.co.uk/C/Calveley.htm. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  4. "RAF Calveley". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. http://www.rafweb.org/Stations/Stations-C.htm#Calveley. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  5. Ferguson 2008, pp. 35–37.
  6. Ferguson 2008, pp. 36–37.
  7. Ferguson 2008, pp. 38–39.
  8. Ferguson 2008, pp. 42–43.
  9. Ferguson 2008, p. 43.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Ferguson, Aldon (2008). Cheshire Airfields in the Second World War. Newbury, UK: Countryside Books. ISBN 978-1-85306-927-7. 

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