RAF Croft, Warrington

September 2011 - Explored with Kenni

RAF Croft near Warrington started as additional living accommodation for H.M.S. Gosling located at Risley. H.M.S. Gosling was commissioned on 8 October 1942 and was paid off in 1946. That station was dedicated to the Fleet Air Arm and was a training base. H.M.S. Aeriel was also paid off and on 1 February 1956 was opened up as RAF Croft to process people in and out of the U.K. Although it was called RAF Croft it should not be confused with another RAF Croft further north and used by the RCAF during the war.

RAF Croft became tenanted by the USAF in 1955 to provide a processing point for personnel and dependants when Burtonwood was assigned the additional function of a MATS terminal for passenger flights between the US and UK. The terminal was located at Prestwick in Scotland.

Unaccompanied personnel were billeted in single rooms and messing facilities were described as being above standard. Exchange facilities were limited as of June 1956 but a large theatre was located on the station and regularly showed 16mm films.

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Comments

On 19th July 2014 Paul wrote:
Great pics! - well done. Its a shame that the base has now gone to housing development.
On 21st July 2015 Oli wrote:
wow, first Burtonwood now Croft? these people don't give two shits about history... My dad said him and his brother would used to run around Burtonwood in the 60's, but ill have to ask him abut this.

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