Mark Downes is the Manager Air Traffic Services at Hawarden Airport and is an enthusiastic WW2 RAF re-enactor who has re-constructed an airfield control caravan, based on photographs and film images of the period. He has been trying to improve this with contemporary information but this is rather scarce. Mark has obtained copies of AP3024 and AP129 which are helpful in respect of procedures, but finding plans, drawings or other images from the period is rather elusive. He has approached RAF Shawbury, Air Historic Branch – Northolt and the RAF Museum at Hendon, as yet to little avail.
Mark is asking if you have any information, references or contacts who may be able to assist with his endeavours. If you have anything to contribute please use the comments tab above and we’ll put you in touch with Mark. We’ve also asked for Transmit to include the above and have suggested the Airfield Research Group forum to Mark
Dave Smith sent in a note of RAF Hawarden’s traffic totals in 1942. The record day was evidently 6/9/42 with 1,002 landings in 11 hours! Unfortunately they didn’t record take-offs but that’s a hell of a lot of movements. No 57 OTU was there with Spitfires but there was also an MU, plus Wellingtons from what is now the Airbus wing factory and a Ferry Pilots Pool. Such was the congestion that in Nov 42, the OTU was banished to Eshott in the wilds of Northumberland.