Wattisham Aerodrome at War - From Both sides of the Fence, by Maggie Aggiss
Published by Trafford in 2007, 104 pages. Paperback - c.27cm by 20.5cm (N5880X1)
This book is a fascinating collection of stories and photographs from the very people who served and worked on and around Wattisham Aerodrome in Suffolk during the Second World War...
From the introduction: In the 1930's, a small area of 'High Suffolk' which straddled a Roman road, where only the rhythmic plodding and jangling of horse and plough, together with the song of the familiar skylark could be heard, would soon be changed forever.
Standing in places at 300 feet above sea level, parts of the parishes of Wattisham, Ringshall, Great Bricett and eventually Nedging would be selected for an entirely different role to that of arable farming. With the threat of the Nazi regime, a major expansion scheme was taken on by the Royal Air Force, and together with the purchase of large numbers of air suitable areas of land were to be acquired to build new airfields. Royal Air Force Wattisham was about to be created. To the locals, the 'aerodrome' as it came to be known by many, would be a combination of curiosity, acceptance, and fear of the unknown.
Over the course of 1936 . 1937 approximately 500 acres of land was purchased by the Air Ministry to form this new airfield. The tranquility of this area was soon shattered by the noise of heavy plant and machinery as it edged its way through the twisting Suffolk lanes to commence the huge task of creating an airfield....
Condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs and creases but is clean and tidy, the spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is an old price printed and a small price sticker on the rear side cover