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RAF Shinfield Park was the home of HQ Flying Training Command from 27 May 40. Prior to that it had been the home of HQ Training Command since 15 Jan 40. So the RAF had been 'on site' since 15 Jan 40. I have come across some photos which purport to show it as some sort of medical/rehabilitation Unit. The pix on; http://web.mac.com/andre.francis/RAF_Shinfield_Park/Home.html
do look heavily Army-ish?
1 Has anyone any knowledge of military occupancy of Shinfield Park before Training Command pitched up?
2 And much more important, does anyone have any knowledge of what happened to the Flying Training Command Memorial which was on the grass opposite The Lodge (the then Officers Mess).
I've been going past here on + off for years and have never seen any memorial? Or was it one of those not available for public viewing without prior permission?? I'll be around that area tomorrow as it goes.
It was quite a small Memorial. If my memory serves me right it was a metal eagle (wings outstretched) mounted on top of a marble(?) column. The eagle was about 4 feet from wingtip to wingtip and the column was about 10 feet high, and a foot in diameter. It was located on the lawn in front of The Lodge. It could not be viewed from the road. It was not normally available for public viewing. Although the site was inhabited by the Met Office College it was, technically, an MoD site and access was, therefore, quite tightly controlled.
If you look on GE (Timeline) at the image of Shinfield for 31 Dec 2004 you will see where the Memorial was at that time 51.418734 -0.950035. It was at the end of the small 'spur' path off the main path. Subsequent images of the area (after the Developer's site clearers had been to work) show no Memorial. It's either lurking in some store-room or (more likely) it's been trashed - or sold for scrap!
Many thanks for all that information Resmoroh, like you said it's probably lurking in some store-room, hopefully not sold or scrapped. Many years ago we called at a hospital in Lincoln to photograph a plaque to 5 Group, couldn't be found until by chance we asked the right person. It was in a cupboard with other hospital paraphernalia, dusted-off, stuck on a wall with bluetack, photographed then put back in the cupboard. There's gratitude for you !!
I have located the plaque. It is with the Met Office. I have asked for it to be kept safe as I intend to have it placed at the National Arboretum. I may need a lot of support in achieving this!!
Further to my post yesterday. I have contacted the National Memorial Arboretum requesting details of placing the plaque there.
I was posted to Shinfield park on detachment from RAF Valley in round 1968, for one month as MT Driver. Only just past my driving test at St Athan. Cant remember to much about the camp itself but remember lots of WRAF's, and mainly wooden army type huts although I think the officers mess was a brick building. There was no Airfield it was a headquarters base.
When doing a bomb disposal job at Greenham Common in mid 60s we were accommodated at Shinfield Park in one of the WRAF blocks second floor even though the block was empty. A second WRAF block housed the resident WRAFs and we got on just fine. One evening there was a kerfuffle and the Fire Piquet was turned out to THE WRAF block. One of the girls had been smoking as she fixed her hair and spraying aerosol laqueur was caught in an incendiary flame losing her eye brows, frizzing her hair and suffering some mild facial burns. Fortunately she was wearing spectacles which, in those days, had glass lenses.
Naturally we rushed to assist as soon as the alarm was raised. I was embarrased at how little some of the residents were wearing:)
I was embarrased at how little some of the residents were wearing:)
Yeah pull the other one :lol: something nice to think of as you went to bed that night :twisted:
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