RAF Tilstock – Shropshire – December 2012

Author SBmkIII - Last updated: 27.11.2013

This place is directly next to a main road, and has frequent dog walkers walking past. Access will never be an issue. Its not extensive and has thick tree cover. But some great inside stuff which I couldn’t photograph with no flash on me.

History [Wiki]:

Construction of an airfield was completed by mid 1942, with a classic three concrete runway RAF "star" arrangement. The name ‘Whitchurch Heath’ being used until 1 June 1943, when RAF Tilstock was adopted. Between 1 September 1942 and 21 January 1946, the airfield was used by No. 81 Operational Training Unit and No. 1665 Heavy Conversion Unit Royal Air Force for the training of pilots and crews in the operation of Whitley, Stirling and Halifax heavy bombers. During the 1950s, Auster AOP.6 ‘spotter’ aircraft of No. 663 Squadron RAF used the facilities of the otherwise non-operational airfield during weekends for liaison flights with Royal Artillery units.

Located near the junction of the A41 and A49, the airfield is still being used today at weekends for skydiving. Skydivers have used the airfield for Tandem Skydiving and running Parachute Jump Courses since 1966. The direction of the remaining runway is 33 (330) and 15 (150).

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It was an overcast day in the dead of winter, the most overgrown location I have seen, imagine it in summer!

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#1QuintenNovember 11, 2014, 3:17 pm

Thanks for sharing !

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