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Richard Austen
26-07-2012, 13:53
Good afternoon all.

I recently came across a reference to this RAF Station to the effect that 2949 Sqn RAF Regiment formed here in 1943.

I cannot find a reference to this station in any of my records (perhaps it was an alternative name) - does anyone have any idea as to its location.



27-07-2012, 06:52

Longcross to me implies Chobham Common. The site of the former Military Vehicle Engineering Establishment. Much as I hate wikipedia as a reference, it does give some interesting clues.


"In 1942 the DTD at Farnborough spawned the Fighting Vehicles Proving Establishment (FVPE), which moved to a new purpose-built camp in Chertsey on the site of the former RAF Chobham that was convenient for testing tanks on Chobham Heath."

The referenced document for this quote is no longer live on the DSTL website.



05-08-2012, 09:23
There is also a Longcross near Shepton Mallet in Somerset that had a a War Department depot and later an Ammunition Depot during WW2

16-06-2015, 10:22
Resurrecting this old post, there is a new book out, "The Tank factory" by William Suttie, from the History Press.
This is the History of the Chobham Military Vehicle Research site at Longcross. It does have some references to occupying "the site of what was a small RAF Camp (RAF Chobham)". The move to the site was in June 1942 , which would tend to rule it out as the Longcross the OP was looking for. Not a huge amount of detail of the previous history of the site, but a fascinating read.

20-06-2015, 22:52
In July 1942 No.60 Group at Leighton Buzzard controlled a large number of radio stations (200+).

These were administered by three units:
No.2 Installation Unit at Kidbrooke

No.70 Signals Wing at Buchrew House, Inverness

No.21 Signals Unit at Long Cross, Chobham, Surrey.

Source: SD161 (TNA AIR10/3957)

By 1944 it was RAF Longcross - the 'Chobham' had gone.

C alvo
21-06-2015, 11:26
In July 1942 No.60 Group at Leighton Buzzard controlled a large number of radio stations (200+).

It may be worth mentioning that these "radio stations" are in fact "radar" stations. W/T stations (for communications) were the responsibility of No 26 Group an entirely different organisation.

21-06-2015, 12:21
Quite correct - I didn't notice that when I found the list.