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RAF Flowerdown

Ensign of the Royal Air Force

Located near Winchester in Hampshire
Type Listening station
Coordinates Latitude: 51.060
Longitude: -1.345
Built 1919 (1919)
In use 1919-1979
Air Ministry until 1964
Ministry of Defence
Controlled by Royal Air Force

RAF Flowerdown was an RAF station situated in Hampshire, England.

The Royal Flying Corps(RFC) Wireless School moved from Farnborough to Flowerdown, later RAF Flowerdown in 1919. The apprentice training school moved from Flowerdown to Cranwell in 1929 and the RNAS moved into Flowerdown which remained as a wireless station until 1956. It was never an airfield but it was bombed twice in one week.

In 1956 the site was taken over by GCHQ's Composite Signals Organisation as a large HF listening station. It closed in the late 1970s.

During the Second World War, Flowerdown was one of a number of listening stations around the country that fed information into Bletchley Park with staff working 12 hour shifts listening to Morse code which was then used by Colossus to decipher the German codes.

In the early 1980s the Site was to become the new depot for The Royal Green Jackets when they moved from Peninsula Barracks, Winchester, and was named "Sir John Moore Barracks". Over they years with the changes within the British Army the barracks would be the training depot to all Light Division regiments as part of the Army Training Regiment.


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