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HER Number:MDV48841
Name:Dispersed Site, Winkleigh Airfield


A communal area that included the station commanding officers quarters, sports facilities, chapel, officers and sergeants mess hall and a dining room, grocery and local produce and other shops/store. Many of the structures survive, and have been adapted for industrial use.


Grid Reference:SS 630 089
Map Sheet:SS60NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWinkleigh
Ecclesiastical ParishWINKLEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS60NW/22

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DISPERSED SITE (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Compound of military buildings visible. Includes possible barracks and air raid shelters.

Temple, J., 1982, Untitled Source (Ground Photograph). SDV344509.

Squash court now a house.

Horner, W., 1995, RAF Winkleigh (Worksheet). SDV357491.

RAF Winkleigh dispersed site. The main operations buildings are probably represented by the group of buildings at SS630090 (also recorded on Ordnance Survey 6 inch 1964 map). Here there are a number of blocks of conjoined Nissen/Romney type huts, a probable operations block and generator house and a number of blast shelters. A large number of original buildings are still recorded here on the Devon County Council computerised mapbase. These include the officers' squash court at SS63050907, which has been converted to a house.

ACE Archaeology Club, 1999, Winkleigh Airfield Survey (Un-published). SDV20447.

The survey of Winkleigh Airfield by Ace Archeaology Club in 1999 compared the 1945 plan with surviving structures. Many of the buildings at this site have been adapted for industrial use.

ACE Archaeology Club, 2008, Winkleigh Airfield, 9 (Report - Survey). SDV359876.

Site 2. Communal area. Included the station commanding officers quarters, sports facilities, chapel, officers and sergeants mess hall and a dining room, grocery and local produce and other shops/stores. See report for information on individual buildings. See report for more information on individual sites and buildings.

Passmore, M. + Passmore, A., 2013, RAF Winkleigh (Leaflet). SDV355704.

The airfield at Winkleigh was completed in January 1943, and was first occupied by the RAF's Fighter Command. It was then used by the United States Army Air Force, whose role was to support the D-Day invasion landing trials. It later became home to the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Norwegian Air Force. It ceased operational duties in 1945, and was sold by the Air Ministry in 1958.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV20447Un-published: ACE Archaeology Club. 1999. Winkleigh Airfield Survey. Digital.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #93321 ]
SDV344509Ground Photograph: Temple, J.. 1982. Slide.
SDV355704Leaflet: Passmore, M. + Passmore, A.. 2013. RAF Winkleigh. A Brief Introduction to Twentieth Century Military and Civil Defence Archae. 48. A4 Folded + digital.
SDV357491Worksheet: Horner, W.. 1995. RAF Winkleigh. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV359876Report - Survey: ACE Archaeology Club. 2008. Winkleigh Airfield. ACE Archaeology. Digital. 9.

Associated Monuments

MDV67798Parent of: Ablutions and Decontamination Block, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67815Parent of: Airmen's Institute, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67807Parent of: Airmen's Latrines, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67809Parent of: Airmen's Showers, Ablutions and Decontamination Block, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67805Parent of: Blast Shelter, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67813Parent of: Blast Shelter, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67817Parent of: Blast Shelter, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67818Parent of: Blast Shelter, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67819Parent of: Blast Shelter, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV76527Parent of: Blast Shelter, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV76530Parent of: Blast Shelter, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV76531Parent of: Blast Shelter, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67802Parent of: Boiler House, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67797Parent of: Commanding Officer's Quarters, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67812Parent of: Dining Room, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67814Parent of: Food Store, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67796Parent of: Fuel Compound, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67804Parent of: Gymnasium and Chapel, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67816Parent of: Mechanical and Electrical Plinth, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67803Parent of: Officers' Baths, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67800Parent of: Officers' Mess, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67795Parent of: Picket Post, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67811Parent of: Ration Store, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67806Parent of: Sergeants' Mess, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67801Parent of: Sergeants' Shower Block, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67799Parent of: Squash Court, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67808Parent of: Stand-by Set House, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV67810Parent of: Tailor's, Shoemaker's and Barber's Shop, Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)
MDV46535Related to: Winkleigh Airfield (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7124 - Survey of Winkleigh Airfield (Ref: 1999)

Date Last Edited:Nov 10 2016 11:21AM