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Memories of Blackbushe Airport

Wartime Boyhood

Living just off Park St, Camberley, our house was on the landing approach flight path. With my dad's binoculars from the First World War I watched the Boston III's and Mitchells coming back from daylight raids with holes and bits missing, flying low right over our house on long approach. I spent my days and nights ...Read full memory

South East Englands Best Airport Site!

As a small boy in the 1950s I would be taken to see the aircraft at Blackbushe, then London's second airport. Blackbushe was London Heathrow's main fog diversion as it always has been one of the most fog free airports in the UK. So what was to be seen in the 50s? It was the home of the US ...Read full memory

Living With Planes

In about 1961 my father became the manager of Blackbushe Airport. As a result my mother, brother (16) and I (9) moved from our comfortable town house in Cheltenham to a large mobile home attached to, what was then, the middle of the long terminal building. We weathered high winds, blizzards, beating heat, ...Read full memory

Flying Out Of Blackbushe On A Us Navy C47 Aircraft

Obtained a hop out of Blackbushe on a US Navy C47 bound for Naples Italy and Rheine Maine Germany. I was a US Regular Army soldier stationed in Germany on leave in London. Great time, enjoyed the British people. Had many interesting conversations with locals. Have a great day.

Blackbushe 1940s 1970s

I first visited Hartfordbridge Flats, as the area was originally known, in 1949, when I lived at Farnborough. I too remember seeing various WWII aircraft on the site and the runway which extended southwards across the A30 resulting in the diversion whilst that road was closed during WWII. In 1972 I ...Read full memory

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