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RAF Burtonwood takes a look at some of the history of this important
air base in northwest Warrington, as well as touching upon RAF Padgate,
RNS Blackcap in Stretton and the South Lancashire Regiment. It also
features photos of all the town's war memorials and close-up photos
of all the engraved names of those who gave their lives in the conflicts.

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RAF Burtonwood RAF Burtonwood Association 2301 (Heywood) Squadron East Lancs Wing
RAF Padgate Last Remaining Hangars by T Eyres South Lancashire Regiment
Royal Ordnance Factory Risley Peter Spilsbury Photos of Aeroplanes Lancashire Regiment
HMS Ariel /HMS Gosling / RAF Croft Dave Eaton Photos Barratt Homes Photographic Exhibition
RNAS Stretton (HMS Blackcap) 635 Volunteer Gliding School Lest We Forget - War Memorials
The Royal British Legion/Poppy Appeal

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RAF Burtonwood Some information from Wikipedia

RAF Burtonwood was a Royal Air Force base in England, 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of Warrington in Lancashire. During World War II and the Cold War it was used by the United States Air Force and United States Army.

burtonwood_1945.jpg (78936 bytes) It was also known as USAAF Station 590. Burtonwood airfield was opened on 1 April 1940 as a servicing and storage centre for the modification of British aircraft. It was operated by the RAF No. 37 Maintenance Unit until June 1942.

The Fairey Aviation Company Limited, a British aircraft manufacturer, founded in 1915, with bases in Hayes in Greater London and Heaton Chapel and RAF Ringway in Greater Manchester, was appointed the parent company of the Burtonwood Repair Depot (BRD) in September 1940, and Mary Anne Site was developed for the BRD.

Burtonwood Airfield, 1945. Public license  

Altogether, there were three control towers on the base over the years. Burtonwood Road, which takes you over the modern junction 8 on the M62 motorway, is the modern name - it was originally called Cow Lane. There used to be a pub called the Limerick on that road, owned by the local Burtonwood Brewery, but it was eventually demolished to make way for an extension to the runways. Despite reconnaissance flights over the base by the Germans, the site was only bombed on two occasions, with little damage. Most of the bomb damage was aimed at the larger cities of Liverpool and Manchester. Also, Burtonwood was laid out in such a way that if one section was bombed, work could continue in another area.

USAAF use

The facility was transferred to the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) on 11 June 1942 to become a servicing centre for the United States Eighth, Ninth, Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Forces aircraft. Burtonwood was also known as Base Air Depot 1 (BAD 1), although an RAF presence continued until 21 October 1943, when the base was officially handed over to the Americans.

Burtonwood was the largest airfield in Europe during the war with the most USAAF personnel and aircraft maintenance facilities. The roar of the engines in the test beds could be heard for miles around, especially at night. By the end of the war 18,000 servicemen were stationed at Burtonwood. Some of the serviceman were based at Canada Hall, an accommodation block on the site of the current University of Chester campus at Fearnhead, and at Bruche Hall, both in east Warrington. They were sent over there because their accommodation blocks at Burtonwood were not ready in time, and were transported to and from Burtonwood in trucks.

Famous visitors to the site include Generals Eisenhower and Patton. Of course it wasn't all work at the base. Many famous entertainers flew in to entertain the troops. These include Glenn Miller and his band, Bing Crosby in 1944 and Bob Hope in 1948. Jimmy Cagney entertained, as did the British film star Jean Simmons, who visited on 15 December 1948. Nat 'King' Cole performed in about 1953. Spanish-born model and actress Jinx Falkenberg (21 January 1919 - 27 August 2003) also visited the base on 29 December 1948. Baseball was played often - did they give us the game of rounders or did they pinch it from us and call it baseball? I believe it is the latter (dating to 1744 - see here), but I do remember at junior school getting somebody out with a direct throw to one of the posts from about 20 feet away. The teacher was amazed too! Other visitors to RAF Burtonwood included Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery "Monty" in October 1950, the Duke of Edinburgh in March 1953, who appeared in front of 10,000 servicemen, and evangelist Billy Graham catered for the spiritual needs on 11 May 1954.

The Germans surrendered on 8 May 1945 and the country celebrated. But the work of Burtonwood was not over.

Postwar USAF use

With the end of hostilities, control of Burtonwood was returned to the RAF in June 1946, becoming an equipment depot operated by No. 276 Maintenance Unit.

In November 1946 six B-29 Superfortress bombers from the USAAF Strategic Air Command 43d Bombardment Group were sent to Burtonwood, and from there to various bases in West Germany as a "training deployment". In May 1947 additional B-29s were sent to Burtonwood to keep up the presence of a training program.

These deployments were only a cover-up, as the true aim of these B-29s was to have a strategic air force permanently stationed in Europe. The American presence continued with an echelon of United States Air Force personnel using the facility as a maintenance base for C-54 Skymasters used during the Berlin Airlift. 

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Airfield control tower
and MATS  Facility 1954.
MATS was the Military Air
Transport Service.
Public license

Burtonwood played an important part in the airlift and the base was handed back to the Americans in September 1948. The Berlin Blockade, also known as the "German hold-up" (24 June 1948 – 11 May 1949) was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War, which started between America and Russia in 1948 and lasted until 1980. During the multinational occupation of post-World War II Germany, the Soviet Union blocked the Western force's railway and road access to the western sectors of Berlin, which they had been controlling. Their aim was to force the western powers to allow the Soviet controlled regions to start supplying Berlin with food and fuel, thereby giving them nominal control over the entire city.
berlin_airlift_1948_630px_C_54landingattemplehof.jpg (65451 bytes) In response, the Western Allies formed the Berlin Airlift to bring supplies to the people of Berlin. The airlift to supply the German 6th Army at Stalingrad required 300 tons of food per day and rarely came even close to delivering this; the Berlin effort would require at least 4,000 tons a day, well over thirteen times as much.

In spite of this, by the spring of 1949 the effort was clearly succeeding, and by April the airlift was delivering more cargo than had previously flowed into the city via rail.

The success of the Airlift was humiliating to the Soviets, who had repeatedly claimed it could never possibly work. When it became clear that it did work, the blockade was lifted in May. One lasting legacy of the Airlift are the three airports in the former western zones of the city, which served as the primary gateways to Berlin for another fifty years.

Berliners watching
a C-54 land at
Templehof Airport, 1948.
Public license

The next four photos are Copyright © Peter Spilsbury and were taken by him on his visit to the base in 1956. See more in Peter's Gallery

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The Boeing WB-29 Superfortress was a strategic bomber which had its maiden flight on 21 September 1942. There were 3,900 built at a cost of $639,188 each. They were the type which dropped the atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. Power was provided by Pratt & Whitney R-4360 'Wasp Major' engines. A crew of 11 were on board (pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer, bombardier, navigator, radio operator, radar observer, 2 CFC Blister gunners, CFC upper gunner and tail gunner). Its length was 99 ft and had a wing span of 141 ft 3in. Maximum speed was 357 mph.

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Boeing WB-50D Superfortress 49-302 of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. It was 99 feet long and had a wing span of 141 ft 3 in. They were housed in the C type hangar of Mary Ann Site between 1953 and 1959. They would average 2,700 miles each day taking weather readings with a ten man crew. It was powered by four Pratt & Whitney R-4360-35 engines. The maximum speed was 395 mph with a cruising speed of 277 mph.

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peter_burtonwood_26_north_american_f-100f.jpg (43158 bytes) North American F-100F Super Sabre FW898 was a fighter which first flew on 7 March 1957 with one Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21A (A/B 17,000Lb) engine. Its maximum speed was 871 mph. It had a wing span of 38 ft 10in and a length of 52 ft 3in. Major Robinson Risner established a record when he flew a North American F-100F Super Sabre "Spirit of St. Louis II" across the Atlantic to Paris on 21 May 1957 over the same route used by Charles Lindbergh 30 years prior.

Back at Burtonwood, on 7 November 1953 the USAF 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron began operating from the base, flying initially the WB-29 then WB-50D Superfortress (examples pictured above), having been transferred from Kindley Field, Bermuda. The squadron was assigned to collecting weather data that was transmitted to weather stations for use in preparing forecasts required for the Air Force Military Air Transport Service (MATS) and the U.S. Weather Bureau. The squadron was transferred to RAF Alconbury in Cambridgeshire on 26 April 1959. MATS also used Burtonwood as a cargo and passenger transport facility until 1958, when its operations were moved to RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk. During the 1950s, European-based USAF aircraft were overhauled or modified at Burtonwood, including Republic F-84 Thunderjets, Thunderstreaks and North American F-86 Sabres.

A small village was built, with its own school and shop, to house the many US servicemen. The buildings were known as "Tobacco Houses", because the lease for the land was paid with American tobacco.

Major USAF use of Burtonwood ended in April 1959 when the flightline was closed, although some use of the runway was made by gliders of the RAF Air Training Corps. The USAF returned the station to the Ministry of Defence in 1965.

United States Army

US forces returned to Burtonwood in 1967 when France withdrew its military support for NATO. Burtonwood was used as a receiving depot for USAF and US Army equipment and supplies being withdrawn from their former French NATO facilities. Afterwards, the US Army took over the base and renamed it Burtonwood Army Depot.

The Army developed Burtonwood into a storage and forward supply depot operated by the 47th Support Group. The main warehouse was described as the largest building under a single roof in Europe. The idea was that in the event of an emergency, US troops in the USA that were earmarked for NATO service in Europe would fly over and pick up their kit from Burtonwood before going on to the battle front. It was never tested for this eventuality, although the base provided service functions for the 1991 Gulf War.

With the end of the Cold War, Burtonwood Army Depot was declared excess to NATO requirements and was officially closed in June 1994. One questioned that was always asked of Burtonwood was whether or not nuclear weapons were ever stored there. Civilians, of course, would never be given the answer to that one, but now that the Cold war is a thing of the past, I don't suppose it really matter anymore.

Most of the buildings on the base were torn down by the year 2000, leaving it free for alternative uses.

Civil uses

In the late 1950s, it was suggested that Burtonwood would be a better site for a regional airport than either of the sites now occupied by Liverpool John Lennon Airport or Manchester (Ringway) Airport. However, subsidence caused by coal mining, plus civic pride, prevented action being taken on the proposal.

The M62 motorway bisects the airfield in an east-west direction over the former main runway. Prior to the construction of junction 8, the last part of this runway was still visible, but is now covered by the new junction. Part of the airfield is also occupied by the motorway Welcome Break Burtonwood service station.

All the buildings apart from a few aircraft hangars and old storage bunkers on the north side of the M62 have been demolished. The remainder were scheduled for demolition during 2008 (see later). Some of the World War II aircraft hardstands, part of the old airfield perimeter track, and the northwest end of a secondary runway exist.  

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View westbound at the
site of M62 J8, showing the
last remaining part of the
Burtonwood main runway
before construction of the
junction.*

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The area south of the M62 has been cleared of all structures and almost all concreted areas, to make way for the Omega commercial development and the building of a new urban village called Chapelford, which is now partly occupied.

My dad tells me that when he lived in Longford he could hear the engines being tested at the base from his home. The Dallam estate did not exist when my dad was a youngster, so there was nothing to cushion the noise, which was deafening, he recalls. Having said that, the noise could, in fact, be heard all over the town.

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Three photos of the Base taken by me on 26 February 1996.

And here's another little snippet for you: when the Americans went home they didn't take all the vehicles and equipment back with them. So where might they be? Well, when I was visiting the Old Hall area in 2007, I was told there are Jeeps and other vehicles buried 30 feet down under what is now Chapelford Urban Village, the new housing estate built on the former Air Base land. So some nice memorabilia if you fancy digging it up - but please don't disturb the residents... Make a good subject for Channel 4's Time Team, wouldn't it? Other equipment was simply burned, scrapped or dumped in the sea!

The following photos were supplied by Dave Eaton in 2012 for use on mywarrington.

They were taken by him around 1962 from the top of the Lamont high pressure hot water boiler house building used to supply the Header House site.

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These four photos (above) show the Burtonwood Repair Depot (BRD).
The first two (and the third, a panoramic of the first two) show the depot behind the houses on Burtonwood Road.
Burtonwood Road was known as Cow Lane when the Americans first came to take over the RAF site in the early 1940s. 

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The Header House (photos, left) was the largest warehouse site in Europe at the time. It was used to store everything from Jeeps, trucks, bulldozers, field hospitals, Bailey bridges and tools, etc. The photo (right) shows the housing for families of the USAF servicemen. You can also see the railway line, which linked to the Cheshire Lines Railway.

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635 Volunteer Gliding School

635 Volunteer Gliding School (later designated as Squadron) was formed in November 1959 and remained at Burtonwood until 1984 when the runways were removed.

It was stationed at RAF Burtonwood upon deactivation of the airfield by the United States Air Force. The Commanding Officer at Burtonwood was Flt Lt Bryan H Trunkfield, with deputy Flt Lt Peter McLachlan later to become Officer Commanding with the rank of Squadron Leader. The squadron carried out more sorties than all the RAF and United States Air Force put together, although they gained very little recognition for this record.

The young people of Warrington have much to thank the 635 squadron for - taking command of one of Her Majesty’s aircraft at the age of sixteen (two years before the legal age of driving) was a responsibility that many would envy. The Nurses at Warrington General hospital, Warrington Infirmary and St Helens hospital attended many parties at the Gliding School, with happy memories all round.

The squadron remained at Burtonwood for 25 years before being transferred to BAE Samlesbury, where it was operational for a further 24 years before being reformed at RAF Topcliffe in North Yorkshire, where it remains today. The BBC featured the Gliding School on Look North with Martin Henfield and Stewart Hall.

In February 2010, former Commanding Officer Bryan Trunkfield gave an illustrated talk about his time at Burtonwood. He was also deputy director of Liverpool (Speke) Airport and was accompanied on the night by two former gliding instructors, one of whom was Civil Chief Engineer at RAF Burtonwood.  Bryan was joined by Peter McLachlan who was Commanding Officer after Bryan, and also the Senior Engineer at RAF Burtonwood from the 1960s to the 1980s.

One of the gliders used at Burtonwood (from start to finish), Sedbergh XN185, is still in RAF hands. The proposal is to have it refurbished and placed in the RAF Museum at Hendon (a fund has been set up to achieve this). Maybe Warrington Borough Council could get involved and sponsor the refurbishment. It could be named the "Spirit of Warrington" or something similar, along the lines of people/towns buying Spitfires during the war. What do you say at the council?

Based on information supplied by Deputy Flt Lt Peter McLachlan (6 Sep 2010).

2301 (Heywood) Squadron East Lancs Wing

Following on from this, I was sent the following photos from Kevin Hughes who was part of the 2301 (Heywood) Squadron East Lancs Wing, has supplied the following photographs of his gliding course training at RAF Burtonwood on 21 June 1983.

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Kevin and FL LT Legget, 
who was the chief flying
instructor just
after his solo flight.
The aircraft is a
Kirby Cadet MK3.
A Slingsby Sedbergh T21
side by side glider.
A Kirby Cadet MK3.
This was same day
but in the morning.
Another Kirby Cadet MK3.

The Air Training Corps (ATC) is voluntary youth group which is part of the Air Cadet Organisation of the Royal Air Force. The ATC is divided into six regions, 36 wings and more than 900 squadrons within communities around the UK.

For more information on the Air Cadets, see the official website www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets.

Many thanks, Kevin, for your contribution.

RAF Burtonwood Association

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The RAF Burtonwood Association Heritage Centre was set up in 1987 to maintain the records and history of the Base and to commemorate the work of the hundreds of men and women who served their country at Burtonwood Air base from 1940 to 1993.

Link to the website www.rafburtonwoodbase.org

Gulliver's World in Westbrook are hosts to the
Burtonwood Association Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre is open
Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am to 5pm.

If any one wants to have a private viewing then they
can arrange this by contacting the Museum Manager Roy at thorpeap@aol.com.

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Aerial view of Burtonwood
Airbase from June 1956.
Many thanks to the Burtonwood
Association for allowing
the use of the photograph
on this website.

The Heritage Centre.
Well worth a visit,
and there are plans for
an expansion of the facility.
Regular events are held
to keep the memory alive.

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There is another website (unconnected to RAF Burtonwood Association) which keeps the memory of RAF Burtonwood alive. Link to it at www.rafburtonwood.org. It includes photos and stories about RAF Burtonwood, RAF Croft and RNAS Stretton (Blackcap).

Towards the end of 2008 I was sent a series of photos by T Eyres. The descriptions here are his. All photos in this section Copyright © T Eyres. Many thanks for your work.

burtonwood_hangars_a-site_oct2008_teyres_1.jpg (114882 bytes) Always being interested in local history, I recently found out that the five remaining Hangars, which are the last remnants of the RAF/USAF base at Burtonwood, will be demolished imminently, one of these still contain murals of squadron insignia and a B17 Flying Fortress left by the us servicemen that populated the base in wartime. Burtonwood wasn’t an operational base as such but they assembled, refurbished and scrapped thousands of all types of aircraft; B17’s by the shedload in particular. Any trip to Liverpool on the M62 will take you past these monsters (the motorway is laid more or less along the main runway). Virtually nothing remains to the south of the M62 considering that it was the largest US base in Europe. Anyway I decided to give the site the last rights.  Incidentally all the perimeter taxiways are all still there and if you look on Google earth, it will be apparent.
 This is one of the
hangars at A Site
seen in October 2008.
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Here are a couple more views of the J type hangars on A site.

Note the demolition crew is on site. It is said that there is a bit of Yank in all us Warringtonians.

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burtonwood_hangars_e-site_teyres_2.jpg (78096 bytes) Here are a couple of views of the three hangars at E site which are well different from the other two, as the curved bombproof roof goes all the way down to the floor. It was a bit spooky at this end of the airfield, not a soul about and I found an old air raid shelter - no way was I going in! The other view gives the proximity of the A site hangars in the distance, also junction 8 of the M62 to the far right. burtonwood_hangars_e-site_teyres_1.jpg (93581 bytes)
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The low buildings at the front were the arrival lounge. The pile of rubble in front is the remains of the demolished WW2 control tower. The wider view (above, right) is just to show the westbound carriageway of the M62. History lesson over. Well nearly... 

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Barratt Homes Jubilee Photographic Exhibition 30 May 2012

On 30 May 2012 Barratt Homes presented a Jubilee Photographic Exhibition at their show house at The Boulevard development in Chapelford Village to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and to remember the legacy of RAF Burtonwood, on which Chapelford village and The Boulevard is built. I was invited to the launch of the exhibition where I had a chance to meet other guests. I would like to thank them for that invite and to pay tribute to all the forces staff and colleagues who gave their service to RAF Burtonwood from 1940-1993. I would also like to thank ww2events.co.uk for permission to use two of their photos taken on the day, which have been added to my own.

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Brochure and banner. 30 photos were on display. Among celebrities to visit RAF Burtonwood during and after World War II were Bob Hope, Joe loss, Vera Lynn, Marilyn Maxwell and Glen Miller. These visits were massive morale boosters for the forces colleagues who were performing vital tasks to protect the country during one of the most difficult times the world has ever faced. Group photo of invited guests, including the Deputy Mayor and Barratt Homes representatives. I am second from the right.
Photo courtesy of
ww2events.co.uk
The collection of photos on display, provided courtesy of Stephen Davies, David Eaton and Burtonwood Association. Photo courtesy of ww2events.co.uk
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A close up of a WW2 American Ford (GPW) Jeep and military personnel, which gave a feel of being at RAF Burtonwood, if only for one day! I had a good idea of how big RAF Burtonwood was, but it is only when you view the map, right, that you can fully appreciate just how big the site was. A plan of RAF Burtonwood superimposed over a Google Earth aerial map. I have marked a couple of things for reference. View of The Boulevard, Chapelford, Great Sankey, Warrington, WA5 8HL.
For information visit www.barratthomes.co.uk

RAF Burtonwood - The Legacy

Burtonwood Air base was massive - there were about 18 miles of surface roadway, over 4½ miles of railway track, 13 hangars, 16 miles of fencing covering 1,471 acres, and nearly 4 million square feet of aircraft parking facilities. Around 6,000 United States personnel were stationed at RAF Burtonwood in its lifetime. Towards the end of its life there was discussion as to what to do with the land. Some said it should be used as a peace-time airport, but Manchester Ringway and eventually Liverpool airports were given higher precedence. Mind you, when you see the planes flying low over the town on their way to Liverpool John Lennon Airport, one wonders if they are the guys from the 1940s returning from their missions and landing once again at Burtonwood! So what about the land for the future? Well, already the site is occupied with new industrial and residential developments, with more to come. Chapelford Urban Village has already been mentioned and now partially occupied. Many of the road names in Chapelford are named in memory of the base - California Drive and Dakota Park, for instance. And Mary Ann Meadows near Westbrook is a wooded area named in memory of the main repair depot, Mary Ann Site.

Then there is the Omega development, a 30-year plan to redevelop the site even further with employment opportunities. The entire Omega scheme is set to provide 3.1 million sq ft (287,998 sq m) of office and business space across two sites, separated by the M62 Motorway, with access via junction 8. Omega North (industrial/logistics), is expected to be the first area to be developed from 2008 as part of the £1.25 billion Omega project being built over the next 25 to 30 years on the 233 ha (575 acre) Burtonwood Air Base site.

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The photos below show the proposed Omega site on 26 August 2003 (photos Copyright © GI Gandy, mywarrington).

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The site as seen from
M62 junction 8.
Remains of the perimeter runway at the airbase. The site with Fiddlers
Ferry Power Station
in the distance.
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A series of views showing some of the remaining hangars on what is now called Omega North. Royal Mail distribution centre at Lingley Green.

But the biggest talking point and the most controversial was the announcement by the government about the possibility of building a Titan prison on part of the site. A Titan prison is a supersize prison which is designed to tackle overcrowding in jails. Warrington was being considered as one site for the three proposed prisons. Local residents and MPs were opposed to it. I suppose the Government would argue that, in the financial climate of 2009 where there is no guarantee that Omega would go ahead, building a prison would create employment. That was only one viewpoint. An opposing view was the local community showing concern about the value of their properties going down or the risk of jail-breaks, etc. A campaigning group called WRAPP (the Warrington Residents Against the Prison Plan) had collected petitions from locals in a bid to persuade the government to scrap the idea. They said that apart from the value of properties going down, and the risk of losing out on thousands of new jobs which Omega business park is expecting to create, most importantly it won't cut crime. Lib Dem councillor for Bewsey and Whitecross, Jo Crotty, lead the campaign. Thankfully, the Titan prison idea was officially scrapped by the Justice Secretary, Jack Straw MP, on Monday 27 April 2009.

And finally, my dad tells this story about when he was a conductor on the bus which went to Bewsey and stopped by the base road. Every night an American would get on in town after a night out in Warrington, but never had any change to pay his fare, always offering a banknote. So dad and his driver decided to get their own back - they sorted out the change in pennies and half-pennies and put it in a bag for him when he got off saying here's your change. The bus drives away and dad heard a might thud as the bag of change hit the back of the bus with a shout of "You *@!<?+" coming back from the Yank. Dad never saw him again.

Mission Accomplished!

For more about Burtonwood Base, try these links. mywarrington is not responsible for third party websites.

Facts and figures about Burtonwood
BBC history of Burtonwood
September 1981 photos of RAF Burtonwood
Aerial photo of RAF Burtonwood from Multimap.Com
The Omega Opportunity

 

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RAF Padgate Some information from Wikipedia

During World War II, Padgate had a small RAF base which provided basic training for air force recruits. It opened in April 1939. This type of base was described as a recruitment training camp (read accounts here regarding RAF Reception Units). This RAF station will be well-remembered by thousands of young men who were selected for RAF National Service, and on this site received their first taste of military discipline, ill-fitting uniforms and a severe haircut.

The site of the RAF base is now a housing estate, bordering Cinnamon Brow. In the centre of Padgate, next to the train line, is a large area of land and playing fields known as Bennett's Recreation Ground or simply Bennett's Rec. A rifle range and part of the running track are still visible on the site. It is the home of the Woolston Rovers rugby league side. Vulcan Close, Valiant Close, Anson Close, Harrier Road, Viscount Road, Blenheim Close, Lancaster Close and Wellington Close are just some of the street names in the Blackbrook area of the town which are named after aeroplanes used in the war. Padgate Community High School is on this land.

The university campus in nearby Fearnhead, affiliated to the University of Chester, was used as a camp for Canadian servicemen (called Canada Hall) during the Second World War, before becoming a teacher training college in 1946. This was used to house some of the servicemen stationed at Burtonwood. Around 4,000 personnel were stationed at RAF Padgate during its lifetime.

Famous Boxer Freddie Mills was stationed at RAF Padgate. He was world light heavyweight boxing champion between 1948 and 1950.

David Cherry from Australia writes of his childhood memories of RAF Padgate.

I have been taking a trip down memory lane. I was born in Latchford (at home - my grandparents home actually) in 1955. My family emigrated to Australia in 1969, and I have never been back. My parents first home was in Padgate (where I went to primary school) and then we moved to Paddington.

I can remember as a child (11 to 13 year old I think) going to a disused military base (army) [RAF Padgate] to play with my brother and friend. If I remember right we used to go up Padgate Lane, passing Padgate Primary School (my old school), to reach the 'base'. The base was definitely not used, mostly derelict, with every window smashed, I think. I remember there was a huge blackberry bush growing in the grounds and we pigged out on blackberries from it.

Also from Australia, Cyril writes:

In September 1943, at the age of 18, my parents waved me "goodbye" from Irlam Station on my short journey to RAF Padgate, having volunteered for aircrew operations.

I can remember very little of the RAF Padgate itself just outside Warrington, as it was purely an aircrew receiving centre where we were interviewed for suitability for aircrew position, i.e. be it PNB (pilot, navigator, or bomb aimer) or wireless operator/air gunner, or purely an air gunner.

After arriving at Bank Quay Station in Warrington, I found myself with my little suitcase gathering up with a crowd of young men, also with their sole belongings, and being hustled into awaiting transport, then in no time at all, marching through the Camp gates.

So it was at this camp, where my brief visit lasting only a couple of days, that I got my first taste of communal hut life for the next 4 years.

After several postings in the UK and Middle East, I was finally posted back to RAF Burtonwood, which had then been returned from U.S.A. control. I spent my last couple of months of RAF service in the accounts section there before de-mobilised back into Civvy St.

From web browsing, it would seem that not everybody favoured the conditions at RAF Padgate - one described it as like a prison camp (click here). See also here. Many recruits were sent there for basic training before being posted around the world. (Click here)

For photos of RAF Padgate, click here.

The reader's forum on Warrington-Worldwide includes a sketch of what the site looked like. In that forum there is also a link to a website featuring a Spitfire AR614 MkVc, which was put on display at RAF Padgate in the 1940s and 1950s. Click here for that website.

Another link gives information about the units based at RAF Padgate.

This link shows a photo of a music band.

And finally for now, check out this tale about The Haunted Iron Bridge of Padgate, which mentions RAF Padgate.

RNAS Stretton (HMS Blackcap) Some information from Wikipedia

Royal Naval Air Station Stretton (HMS Blackcap), was an airfield in the village of Appleton Thorn, close to the village of Stretton in south Warrington. The airfield's site was located to the south west of junction 9 of the later M56 motorway. All Naval Air Stations are named after birds.

World War II

RNAS Stretton was originally planned as a Royal Air Force night fighter station to protect Liverpool and Manchester from Luftwaffe air raids during World War II. However, changes in German tactics meant that the airfield was not required so it was transferred to the Admiralty on completion. The site was acquired on 2 August 1941, commissioned as HMS Blackcap on 1 June 1942, and was passed over to the full control of the Admiralty on 1 November 1942, having been on loan from the RAF until then.

Three runways and numerous hangars had been built. Forty-one Fleet Air Arm Squadrons were based here for varying periods with some aircraft being flown directly to and from aircraft carriers operating in the Irish Sea and other nearby waters.

Fairey Aviation used a hangar on the northeast edge of the airfield for the modification, repair and flight-testing of Barracudas, Fireflies and Fulmars before they were despatched to their operational squadrons. Fairey also had a repair site at Wilderspool Causeway from 1943 next to Bennett's shirt factory. This is now used as the depot for Warrington Borough Transport (see photo in On The Buses). From 1944, HMS Blackcap was also used as an Aircraft Maintenance Yard; a large hangar complex being constructed to the northwest of the airfield for this activity.

Entertainment was an important activity during wartime and Blackcap had its share of visiting celebrities, including George Formby. Dances and theatre shows were also staged for the troops and their partners.

Post War Operations

At the end of the war American Naval Aircraft were flown into Blackcap to be broken up for disposal. The Aircraft Maintenance Yard at Blackcap meant that the airfield continued to operate and, at its peak, handled one third of all Fleet Air Arm Aircraft and all its spare engines.

Current site of RNAS Stretton

In 1947 the Fleet Air Arm decided to form Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Squadrons. The first to be based at Stretton was 1831 Naval Air Squadron, a fighter squadron, which was reformed here on 1 June 1947.

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It was joined on 18 August 1952 by 1841 Naval Air Squadron, an anti-submarine squadron. Together, these Squadrons comprised the Northern Air Division which was formed at Stretton on 1 June 1952, and disbanded on 10 March 1957, together with its constituent units.

The last squadron based at Blackcap was 728B Naval Air Squadron, formed in January 1958. The squadron was relocated on 15th February 1958 to HMS Falcon, Hal Far, Malta. The airfield was closed on 4 November 1958.

The Church of St Cross, Appleton Thorn, was used as the station church in 1942, and has a dozen graves from HMS Blackcap, which contain three war-time deaths. Link to the church website.

Church of St Cross
 Appleton Thorn.

The M56 motorway was constructed over the runway in 1975 and some of the warehouses have been used as commercial storage facilities.

Thorn Cross Prison    Some information from Wikipedia

The main living area of Blackcap, Eagle site, which was also the main administration site, became Appleton Thorn Prison in 1960. This was later closed, demolished and replaced by Thorn Cross Prison, which opened in 1985 - a Category D Young Offenders Institution for males aged 18 to 21. Thorn Cross was initially used as an open prison for adult males. In 1996, the prison was re-rolled as a Young Offenders Institution. At the time, Thorn Cross was the first such institution in the United Kingdom to enforce military-style disciplinary regime for its inmates, which led to the prison being labelled as a boot camp.

In January 1999, an inspection report from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons labelled Thorn Cross Prison as an inspirational example of good practice. In particular the report praised the prisons High Intensity Training (HIT) project, and recommended it be rolled out to other prisons.

In October 2005, a further inspection report highly praised Thorn Cross Prison, again highlighting the prisons HIT program. The report also noted that Thorn Cross managed to reduce re-offending amongst its ex-inmates to just over 20%, which was one of the best rates in the country. However the report did say the prison did have to do more to improve relations with the local community.

Education and training courses offered at the prison include Construction Crafts, Motor Vehicles, Horticulture, Hospitality and Catering, and Rail Construction (NVQ Level 2). Thorn Cross has a number of partnerships with national and local employers which offer opportunities for work placements prior to, and on release.

For more information about the airfield, link to these websites
 
http://www.antrobusheritage.co.uk    http://www.rafburtonwood.org/blackcap.html

Plans for the future of the site were announced on Warrington-Worldwide in November 2013.

HMS Ariel / HMS Gosling / RAF Croft

During my research for this page I discovered lesser-known bases in north-east Warrington called HMS Ariel, HMS Gosling and RAF Croft. www.rafburtonwood.org has a section about RAF Croft on its website, and I thought you might like to see some photos of it and an account of life there from one of the Burtonwood Association members who was stationed there in 1950. It was based on Lady Lane in Croft. Click here to link to the website.

HMS Ariel had two bases named with typical MOD originality Ariel 1 and Ariel 2. Both were in the Culcheth area. Here are three references to RAF Ariel/Aeriel at the BBC website.    Link 1    Link 2    Link 3    

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The entrance on 7 Mar 2012

HMS Gosling was at Risley (click here).

In November 2011 a planning application was lodged with Warrington Borough Council to demolish the remaining buildings on the site of RAF Croft and to build new houses. I visited the site on 7 March 2012 and spoke to a local resident who confirmed that the plan had been withdrawn by the developer, which was confirmed in the press the following day. I noticed there was a health and safety notice regarding asbestos on the gate.

 

I would be grateful to any reader who can confirm the official spelling of HMS Ariel/Aeriel. Also, if you can provide any more information on any of these sites I would be pleased to add it to the website.

Royal Ordnance Factory Risley   From Wikipedia

ROF Risley was known as Filling Factory No.6, and used in World War II for filling munitions, including the Grand Slam bomb.

risley_rof_walled_garden_1_060817.JPG (109383 bytes) With the advent of the Second World War, 927 acres (3.8 km²) of agricultural land, known as Risley village, between Leigh and Warrington in Lancashire, was compulsorily purchased and built up into a massive Royal Ordnance Factory. The location was chosen because the low lying mist and cloud helped to camouflage the factory from the air. According to a local builder, "It was very lonely and misty at night, and that's why the factory was constructed there ... it was usually covered with a mist or cloud. It was hard to see it in the day time, you know". Construction began in August 1939. It took 18 months to complete, but bombs were produced from September 1940. Around 22,000 people worked there. risley_rof_walled_garden_2_060817.JPG (133184 bytes)
A Walled Garden has
been created
from the
former ROF reservoir.
The Walled Garden.
A number of bunkers were also built to house the munitions, to protect them from potential bombing, and also to segregate the site and reduce the consequences of any accidental explosions during manufacture or storage. Although these bunkers are on the surface, they are covered with soil and turf and so give the impression of being underground. You can still see some of them in Birchwood Forest Park. Area 6 was where the detonators were filled with explosive powder. Gorse Covert housing estate is now built on this land.
risley_rof_walled_garden_3_060817.JPG (141361 bytes) However, after the war the factory no longer had a purpose, other than as a storage depot, and so, in 1956, the north west section of the factory was sold to UKAEA, with the entire disused area being put on the market in 1963. No buyer was found for it until 1968, when the Warrington and Runcorn Development Corporation purchased the site and turned it into the district of Birchwood. Birchwood Forest Park is in the centre, in which the old bunkers from the factory form part of the landscape.

The photo shows part of the sluice mechanism for the ROF site in the Walled Garden at Birchwood Forest Park in Oakwood.

Link to the Warrington Borough Council website to read more and see photos of the Royal Ordnance Factory at Risley.

See also Warrington Green 1 and Warrington Green 2.

South Lancashire Regiment    From Wikipedia

The South Lancashire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers) was a regiment of the British Army.

It was formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of:

40th Regiment of Foot - the 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot.
82nd Regiment of Foot - the 82nd (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) Regiment of Foot.

From 1881 to 1938 it was formally called "The Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment)".

In 1958 it amalgamated with The East Lancashire Regiment to form The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers).

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The TA base in Orford
 30 November 2006.

Its regimental badge included the Roman numerals XL indicating 40 from which the regiment got the nickname "The Excellers". 

The home town of this regiment is Warrington, Cheshire, England. The regiment's history was originally accommodated in the Territorial Army Centre in Orford. The South Lancashire/East Lancashire/The Loyal North Lancashire and the Lancashire Regimental museum's have moved from Warrington to Fulwood Barracks in Preston. Warrington town museum still retains some exhibitions.

Lancashire Regiment    From Wikipedia

The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) was an infantry regiment of the British Army.

It was formed, as a consequence of defence cuts implemented in the late 1950s, by the amalgamation of the 1st Battalion, The East Lancashire Regiment and 1st Battalion and The South Lancashire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers) on 1 July 1958; forming the 1st Battalion, The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers).

The Regiment was first based in Hong Kong, where both of its predecessor regiments had been based when they amalgamated. In 1961 the Regiment arrived in Hilden, West Germany as part of the British Army of the Rhine. The Regiment arrived in Swaziland in late 1964, shortly after Swaziland's first-ever elections. The Regiment remained in that country until early the following year when it returned to Britain, being based in Catterick.

In 1967, the Lancashires arrived in Aden in the Middle East a number of months before Aden gained independence from the British Empire. The Regiment saw active involvement in the efforts to quell the numerous guerrillas, some of which were Egyptian-backed, and sustained a number of casualties in the process. During their tour of Aden the Regiment accumulated the largest amount of operational awards given to units that participated in the Aden Crisis. The Regiment left Aden two months before it gained its independence on 30 November. In 1968 the Regiment was posted to the garrison in Malta. The following year the Lancashires again returned home to the UK.

On 25 March 1970, after a relatively brief existence, the Regiment was amalgamated with the 1st Battalion, The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire), to form the 1st Battalion, The Queen's Lancashire Regiment.

Other information

Alliances:
The Princess of Wales's Own Regiment — Canada (1958-1970)
The West Novia Scotia Regiment — Canada (1958-1970)
40th Infantry Battalion (The Derwent Regiment) — Australia (1958-1960)
The Royal Tasmania Regiment — Australia (1967-1970)
The Hawkes Bay Regiment — New Zealand
8th Battalion, The Punjab Regiment — Pakistan

 

LEST WE FORGET - WAR MEMORIALS

There are various war memorials in the Warrington area. Here are the ones for which I have photographs.
Are there any others that I have missed in other districts of the town, such as Orford, Winwick or Lymm,
for instance?  If you know of any, please let me know and I will photograph them for future remembrance.
It would help if you could give me a street location as some of these here are not marked on the map.

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Warrington
(Bridge Foot)
Appleton Thorn
(Lumbrook Road)
Bewsey Street
(St Alban's Church)
Birchwood
(shopping centre)
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Burtonwood
(St Michael and All Angels)
Centre Park
(Arpley Meadows)
Crosfields
(Sankey Way)
Glazebury
(All Saints Church)
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Martinscroft
(Weir Lane)
Padgate
(Bennetts Rec)
Penketh and Sankey
(St Mary's Road)
Queens Gardens
(Palmyra Square)
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Stockton Heath
(London Road)
Stretton
(St Matthew's Church)
Thelwall
(Bell Lane/Lymm Road)
Walton
(Chester Road)
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Sergeant J. Donoghue was one of the buglers at the Charge of the Light Brigade
in the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 when Lord Cardigan led the charge
against Russian forces in the Crimean War. The brigade was not completely
destroyed, but did suffer terribly, with 118 men killed, 127 wounded and about
60 taken prisoner. Sergeant Donoghue lived to tell the tale and his final resting
place is in the graveyard on St Mary's Road, Sankey (seen here in my photo,
above). It is hoped the monument of Penketh and Sankey seen above can be
restored to former glory as it is now in poor condition.

The images below show the names of those servicemen, servicewomen and civilians listed on the Bridge Foot cenotaph who lost their lives in the two World Wars.
First World War 1914-18
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Second World War 1939-45
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The next series of photos list those servicemen and servicewomen who are named on other war memorials in the town.
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Appleton Thorn 1914-18 Appleton Thorn 1939-45 Bewsey Street,
St Alban's Church
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Bewsey Street,
St Alban's Church
Bewsey Street,
St Alban's Church
Bewsey Street,
St Alban's Church
Burtonwood
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Burtonwood Burtonwood Burtonwood Crosfields 1914-18 Crosfields 1914-18
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Crosfields Memorial 1914-18
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Crosfields 1939-45 Glazebury 1914-18 Glazebury 1939-45 Martinscroft - no names
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Padgate: Bennett's Rec 1914-18 Padgate: Bennett's Rec 1939-45
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 Queens Gardens: Boer War 1900 Queens Gardens: Boer War 1900 Stockton Heath 1914-18 Stockton Heath 1939-45
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Stretton 1914-18 & 1939-45 Thelwall 1914-18 Thelwall 1939-45 Walton 1914-18 Walton 1939-45
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In modern times we pay tribute to the fallen. Kingsman Alexander Green, aged 21 from Warrington was killed on 13 January 2007 by gunfire as he returned to base while serving with the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment in Basrah, Iraq. Three servicemen died whilst serving in Helmand province, Afghanistan during 2009-2010: Fusilier Simon Annis, age 22, from Culcheth (16 August, 2009), Marine Steven Birdsall, age 20, from Great Sankey (14 June, 2010) and Private Thomas Sephton, age 20, from Great Sankey (5 July, 2010). Private Daniel Wade, aged 20, from Latchford, and a member of the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington's), was killed alongside five other colleagues in southern Afghanistan on 6 March 2012. Private Wade's family was presented with the Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll in April 2012. His five colleague's families also received the same commemorative medal and scroll.

Other conflicts Thank you for your service.
If you know of any service personnel who I have not listed then please get in touch and I will be pleased to add their names.
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The 2012 Warrington Poppy Appeal launch at the Town Hall

The 2012 Poppy Appeal in Warrington was launched with a specially painted bus by Network Warrington and supported by The Royal British Legion Riders Branch. In July 2004 a meeting took place at The Royal British Legion Village to discuss the possibility of an ex-services motorcycle club becoming an official branch of the RBL. The Riders Branch is very diverse in it's membership. Members are young and old, male and female. They take part in all types of biking and biking events, from track days to rallies, on customs to sports bikes, and everything in between! And not forgetting formal Legion organised events and fund raising. See their website www.rblr.co.uk. See also The Royal British Legion website www.britishlegion.org.uk  and The Poppy Appeal website www.poppy.org. My thanks to Peter Spilsbury for the photos.

The
Royal British Legion

www.britishlegion.org.uk

The
Poppy Appeal

www.poppy.org

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