Memories of Royal Air Force Bidgnorth, Shropshire, by C.F. Gwilt

Memories of Royal Air Force Bidgnorth, Shropshire, by C.F. Gwilt
Memories of Royal Air Force Bidgnorth, Shropshire, by C.F. Gwilt

Published by Bridgnorth Publications in 2009, 28 pages. A5 size booklet (N4318P1)

This booklet is a fascinating brief history of the RAF base at Bridgnorth in Shropshire, and is illustrated throughout with several small black and white photographs of individuals, buildings, etc. There is also a large plan of the base spread over the middle two pages, with an index listing all 375 buildings at the base. The base was opened in November 1939, and served a variety of purposes over its lifetime, mostly as a recruitment and training centre, finally closing in the early 1960's.

From the rear side cover: This G.D.T (Ground defence Training) was an important part of the course at RAF Bridgnorth. Principally it consisted of work on the firing range with the rifle and bren gun. One Welsh recruit failed to hit the target at all! On completion of firing the procedure was for each man to retrieve his target and hand it in at the range office where his score was recorded by one of the flight corporals. Thereafter the used cards were deposited in a bin outside the office door. Unable to face the embaressment of submitting a completely blank card the Welsh colelague dropped it into the bin before entering the office and exchanging it for another one - by chance the card he selected was an extremely good one and it gained him the coveted marksman badge!

Does anyone remember 5 wing who were apparently in tents outside the main camp in 1941. 6 or 8 people were in eachtent and marching was on a muddy field. The ablutions were two rows of benches with galvanised bowls and cold water taps behind the large green tarpaulins strung between two poles with large holes in the ground. There was no lighting in the tents and the beds consisted of straw palliases and a hard bolster for a pillow....

Condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound
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