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RAF Stoke Orchard
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
IATA: none – ICAO: none
Airport type Military
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Stoke Orchard, Gloucestershire
Built 1940
In use 1941-1945
Coordinates 51°56′46″N 002°06′45″W / 51.94611°N 2.1125°W / 51.94611; -2.1125Coordinates: 51°56′46″N 002°06′45″W / 51.94611°N 2.1125°W / 51.94611; -2.1125
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RAF Stoke Orchard was a Royal Air Force station near the village of Stoke Orchard, north west of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire during World War II.


The airfield was developed in 1940-41, originally as a Relief Landing Ground. In September 1941 it became a training airfield for No. 10 Elementary Flying Training School with 50 Tiger Moths were based there. From July 1942 to January 1945 the airfield specialised in the training of glider pilots and instructors with No. 3 Glider Training School (3 GTS).

Aircraft productionEdit

It was also home to a Ministry for Aircraft Production shadow factory run by the Gloster Aircraft Company at Brockworth. There were two large buildings, one for production and one flight shed. This site became the Coal Research Establishment of the National Coal Board following the war.

Current useEdit

Today the airfield has been returned to agriculture.

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