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Unit History: RAF Wilmslow

RAF Wilmslow During the second world war, and for a time afterwards, Wilmslow was home to a large RAF camp - RAF Wilmslow. It no longer exists and since the 1980’s the site has been gradually redeveloped as housing - now known as the Summerfields area of Wilmslow, more or less a part of Dean Row.

The work on the camp commenced at the outbreak of war and it’s role was the reception, kitting-out, basic training and accommodation of 4,000 recruits. A typical recruit arrived at the camp one week into his induction and spent 8 weeks at RAF Wilmslow before being posted elsewhere. It was known as No. 4 School of Recruit Training.

It was not an airfield although there was a Spitfire on show as a gate guardian. The camp had a shooting range, a cinema - The Astra - and a large SSQ - Squadron Sick Quarters - aka a military hospital.

Many of the recruits based at RAF Wilmslow were female; i.e. WAAFs (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force - renamed WRAFs in 1949).

The camp closed in 1962.

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Memories of RAF Wilmslow

(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)

RAF Wilmslow, in 1952

Playing table tennis in the Church Army.
Having a shelf full of pub memorabilia in hut 27.

Forces Reunited Forum Posts Involving RAF Wilmslow

"Desperately seeking information regarding Catherine Forrest who was stationed at RAF Wilmslow in 1949. She originated from Cricklewood in London. Can anyone remember her? Last edited by Shannon Jones"
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"Does anyone know the whereabouts of any of the following People they were part of "B" flight at RAF Wilmslow and Spitalgate in July 1960.Sally Wilkinson,Carole Crooke,Janet Waterhouse,Judy&Anne Reid,Joy Garbutt Or anyone else who was part of that Flight.Also looking for Sue Bianca,Ron Shorter,Nick Cox,Bill Barton-Taylor Pam&John Ruffles,Pilot Officer Rosalind Borgman{later Tarry] From RAF Manby 1960-63 "
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"...who is mildly Pc literate Where is everyone who was at these Stations when I was? I have appealed for cotact but no luck any one ie Square bashers In 1960 Please contact soon Hi Mary, bit confused by your post as there are 53 people alone from RAF Wilmslow between the years of 60-63 registered on the site! How are you doing your search? Here’s a tip - go to Advanced Search - Select your service - on the next page simply select the unit you wish to search and the years you wish to search..."
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"I am still looking for anyone from RAF WILMSLOW aug: to oct:1958,’G’ flt: huts 420,421,422. drill nco, cpl Orange. "
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"Does anyone who did square-bashing at RAF Wilmslow remember MR TWEED the Camp Tailor. At the time there was also a Ms Winterbottom who worked in the Padre’s Office. "
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Active From: 1939 - 1962

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