Originally a WW1 RFC airfield,
opening in March 1918.
Station operated as a Training
Depot until 1919, when it closed and lay dormant until 1930
when civil aviation commenced.
Used during WW2 as RLG
for Brize Norton. Oxfords main user aircraft.
Spring 1940, de Havilland
open Repair Unit. Many types of aircraft are repaired, including
Hurricanes and Spitfires.
at this Unit. Also conversions to DH Rapide specifications.
Unit/factory closed in
1946. Smiths Industries establish their first factory.
WW 1 & 2 buildings
still survive, and in constant use!