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Richard Flagg
02-02-2012, 01:44

Brawdy – Stronghold in the West by Alan Phillips
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: The History Press Ltd (1 Jun 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0752449230
ISBN-13: 978-0752449234

Reviewed in Airfield Review issue 125

This book expands upon a chapter within a previous book by the same author, Military Airfields of Wales. Brawdy opened as a Coastal Command airfield in 1944, acting as a satellite to nearby St. Davids. It was transferred to Royal Navy control in 1946 and acted as both a shore base for operational units and as a training base over the next twenty five years. Following this it was used by the RAF again, this time for tactical weapons training using Hunters and Hawks. In 1996 it was transferred to the Army who continue to occupy the technical site. Prior to this date, the site was also occupied by a US Navy submarine listening station.

All aspects of Brawdy’s extensive and fascinating history are covered in this book, including a chapter on the airfield construction and development over the years, accompanied by two plans and an aerial photo. The book is heavily illustrated but unfortunately many are very poorly reproduced, a fault common to the author’s previous book. An appendix lists all the units based at Brawdy but unfortunately without specific dates. Nevertheless the book still provides an interesting read for people interested in Pembrokeshire airfields.