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Compton Bassett

RAF Base

A Major Radio and Radar Training School 1940-1964

RAF Compton Bassett Plaque Unveiled 1997

RAF Compton Bassett Plaque Unveiled 1997RAF Compton Bassett opened its gates in 1940 and was for a time a recruit training station. In 1947, Telegraphist boy entrants were introduced to RAF Compton Bassett, where they did their eighteen month training in telegraphy

The aim of the RAF Yatesbury Association is to preserve the memories and history of the RAF stations at Yatesbury, Compton Bassett, Cherhill and Townsend and all who were involved, particularly those that gave their lives in the service of their country.

I understand that it was the RAF Yatesbury Association who kindly placed the plaque on the main gates of RAF Compton Bassett back in 1997. The plaque was made of etched stainless steel and depicted the campsite as it had been during its service years. Sadly, this plaque was stolen (in 2009, I believe).

The following photos show the unveiling of the plaque in 1997 by Olga Porter, an ex WRAF who had served at Compton, and the plaque in situ (taken in 2003).

This information regarding the Plaque unveiling was supplied by Bill Hauxwell, Archivist for the RAF Yatesbury association:

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