SJ3627 : WWII Shropshire: RAF Rednal - Control Tower (13)

taken 4 months ago, near to Rednal, Shropshire, Great Britain

WWII Shropshire: RAF Rednal - Control Tower (13)
WWII Shropshire: RAF Rednal - Control Tower (13)
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The wartime airfield Type 518/40 control tower or Watch Office with meteorological section, is extant and in use today as one of several battlefield buildings on a paintball site. The large lower floor housed the Watch Office and the Meteorological Office, while the upper floor housed the Airfield Control Office. There was also access to the roof from the upper floor.

RAF Rednal was opened in April 1942 as a standard fighter OTU with a satellite airfield at Montford Bridge near Shrewsbury. No. 61 OTU were based here for the duration flying Miles Masters and old Spitfires that had survived the Battle of Britain. Not surprisingly with young student pilots, old aircraft, and the adjacent Shropshire hills, the accident rate was high, with many being killed or injured during their training. When No. 61 OTU moved out in June 1945, the airfield was placed under care and maintenance shortly after until such time as it was sold in 1962.

SJ3627 : WWII Shropshire: RAF Rednal - Control Tower (14)
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Thursday, 28 September, 2017   (more nearby)
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Friday, 6 October, 2017
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 3694 2759 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:50.5266N 2:56.2596W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 3695 2760
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