Wheaton aston shelters and RAF remains

Spending some time roaming in the woods I stumbled across a group of air raid shelters; Interestingly the shelters we full of civilian rubbish that looked reasonably old which was very strange to find, more research uncovered that this former training school became a polish resettlement camp and the debris left is probably from them.

 

The western edge of the Wheaton Aston airfield
This is a service/perimeter road, rather than one of the three runways.
The airfield dates from WWII, having been built in 1941; it was used as a training unit for the RAF, and by the USAF for navigational and operational training. At one point, the Labour politician and architect of the National Health Service, Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan used the airfield en route to a meeting in Stafford. It closed very soon after the war; initially some of the buildings were used to house Polish servicemen and their families, at which point it was known as the Wheaton Aston Polish Resettlement Camp (there had been a strong Polish presence on Cannock Chase) but this was closed in the mid 1960s, and the ex-war buildings have since served as chicken sheds and, latterly, pig units.
More information and a link to a video about the place

2 thoughts on “Wheaton aston shelters and RAF remains

  1. I lived at the base in Wheaton Aston as a young child.
    My parents had both served in the Polish 2nd Corps under General Montgomery throughout WW ll; in the Middle East from Pakistan, Iraq, Persia, Palestine, Egypt El Alamein, Tobruk, Sicily and Italy. when my mother was found to be pregnant (with me) in 1943 she was relocated from Italy and joined other Polish mothers to be to Palestine, away from the combat zone. I was born in Tel Aviv in December of that year. Mother and I rejoined my father in England in early 1947. We were located to Wheaton Aston shortly after, and we lived there for about two years when we immigrated to Canada. I served in the RCAF from 1962 to 1978. Recently, in writing some stories related to my childhood I encountered your website and thought I
    would write about having lived there.

    1. Hi Olgierd,
      Thankyou for sharing you story! It sounds like one of strong family bonds and a strength of duty! Im just sorry there isn’t enough left of the camp to show you! The shelters are in private land which permission is needed to access and the rest of the remnants are on private farm land and I haven’t been able to get permission, sadly, Are you still in Canada? I had no idea my little blog reached that far! I’ve made these website to capture what is left and it makes me so happy that i am able to provide a small insight of what’s left for other peoples memories. Thankyou.

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