RAF Defford Heritage Day 2014 took place on Saturday July 12th at Croome.
National Trust, Croome Park, Worcestershire, WR8 9DW
10am to 5pm.
Ground-based Displays and Exhibits, around historic WW2 RAF buildings, painstakingly restored by the National Trust. Vital development and proving of airborne radar 1942-1957, was carried out by RAF, Fleet Air Arm and US aircrews working with scientists and engineers at Defford Airfield, the secret aerodrome in the grounds of Croome Park.
- BBMF ‘D-Day’ Dakota fly past – a theme of the event is the development trials at Defford of radar aids for the airborne forces – such as Eureka ground beacons, which were a key feature of success at D-Day and other Allied airborne landings (weather permitting, time to be confirmed).
- The Canberra WK128 has been requested, plus one or possibly two more nose sections with ‘open cockpit’
- DAHG and Malvern Radar & Technology History Soc. marquee
- RAF Re-enactors and vehicles
- Pershore ATC cadets
- An old favourite – Merlin engine from Group Captain McDonald’s Spitfire
- Stalls including aviation and second hand books
- ‘Bertha’ – the 1941 restored YMCA ‘Tea Car’ as used on RAF airfields to serve ‘tea and a wad’ to ‘erks on Dispersals’. This will be operational serving rather more modern fare to visitors! Follow our news page for the full story of the YMCA tea car at Croome.
- Follow RAF Walk, view of airfield and sites.
- Vintage vehicles
- RAF Defford Veterans Reunion photocall, 11:00
- National Trust refreshments, shop, children’s playground, Croome Park and Court open
Also this year will be the opportunity to see the restoration of the Decontamination Annexe, and get a preview of work in progress on the RAF Defford Museum, due to open in the autumn.
- National Trust Croome Park – Reception and Car Park area. Sat Nav WR8 9DW
- From M5, jn 8 to M50 jn 1, take A38 north, then A4104 east, follow NT brown signs to Croome Park.
- From A44, take A4104 south through Pershore, B4084 west out of Pershore, follow NT brown signs to Croome Park.
- Contact: National Trust Visitor Services 01905 371006.