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Everleigh is 4 miles east of RAF Upavon and started life as a Satellite Landing Ground (SLG) for Central Flying School (CFS) that was at RAF Upavon in 1940. The SLG was then just a large field, open down land, bordered on two sides by large woodlands. It later became aircraft storage for No's 15 & 33 Maintenance Unit (MU).


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Airspeed Oxford.

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Miles Master.

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Flight commander and trainees.

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The A342 running from east to west. RAF Upavon is just off the map. At the cross-roads opposite the Crown Hotel, take the Pewsey road north (Yellow).
Where the road turns sharp left is the start of the airfield. There is not a lot to see but I am sure there is always more to find?
Tree planting has been increasing over the last 20years so the area has changed since the war.
Purple circle - airfield
Purple arrow - building extant.
Red arrows - site of buildings.
Red square - hangar.
The map is 1940's OS.

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24 August 2014

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With the hangar on the right and looking south towards Pewsey. The temporary brick buildings are across the RLG/SLG in the far woods on the left.
November 1941 the woodland around the airfield landing ground was used by 15MU at RAF Wraughton as aircraft storage and was was named, No.31 SLG. By April 1942, 14 aircraft were on site.

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Ar craft storage on a large MU.

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Plan.

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17 June 2003

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Looking back in a northerly direction at the hangar.
Many of the aircraft were twin engined types. The RAF ran a storage system where. One plane in service, one in store and one being produced. As soon as a service plane is shot down/crashed in training, a new/repaired aircraft is delivered and then a new/repaired aircraft comes in from the manufacturers. A constant turnover of aircraft.

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Spitfire production.

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Women at work.

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Sterling off to be repaired.

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25 May 2004

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Ground crew quarters.
The Army have brought the buildings into the battle training area of Salisbury Plain and removed all doors and windows so they can be fought over time and again. There are always many SA80 blank rounds lying around

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Challenger 2 on the Plain.

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17 June 2003

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As Everleigh was so ideal for aircraft storage that in 1942 RAF Lyneham No.33 Maintenance Unit (33MU) started using it. At its height 105 aircraft were stored here. There were several civilian workers and an army defence unit came to guard the area. There was even a rifle range, but where I have no idea.

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Plan.

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24 August 2014

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It was found that four engined bombers could land and take off safely. So Short Stirling's were stored here, and in July 1944, 87 aircraft were now here.

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Stirling.

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Members of Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) came in to deliver and take away aircraft.

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24 August 2014

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Later as the war progressed, manpower was getting shorter, the army defence soldiers were replaced by RAF Police dogs. One dog and a handler could cover so much more area than a section of troops.

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RAF Police dog.

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11 January 2010

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The airfield was closed in November 1945 but my father used to tell me that in 1946/7, that there were still aircraft stored here. Or just left lying around.

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Possibly a 16330/41 RAF latrine.

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11 January 2010

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Possibly a 16330/41 RAF latrine.

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30 June 2003

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The view right across the airfield.

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RAF ground crew maneuvering a Stirling, how would our few civilians manage it??

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25 May 2004

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The only hangar built and still surviving a Super Robin hangar built in 1943 in excellent condition and now re-clad by the farmer.
Plenty of parking even toilets supplied in 2004.
There are several concrete and old tarmac roads deteriorating fast now, running through the woodland.
In the spring the woods are full of Bluebells and many other wild flowers. Orchids can be found on the down land and now Buzzards soar overhead with the helicopters.

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Bluebells in the woods.

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Buzzard

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25 May 2004 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 24 August 2014

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2004 needing a paint job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 ten years on and a nice paint job.

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25 May 2004

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The openings in the woodland were cut back for aircraft dispersal, so they could be hidden under the trees. Scaffolding & camouflage netting was also used.

Go and visit Everleigh in the Spring when Bluebells are out and again in June for the Orchids.

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Early Purple Orchid.

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Army Air Corps Beaver under camouflage in woodland.

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Remember this is UFO country.

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09 December 2010

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Army Air Corps Lynx helicopter preforming landings and take offs in wooded areas. .

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09 December 2010

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The openings in the woodland were cut back for aircraft dispersal, so they could be hidden under the trees. Scaffolding & camouflage netting was also used.

Go and visit Everleigh in the Spring when Bluebells are out and again in June for the Orchids.

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Plan.

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Army Air Corps.

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25 May 2004

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