RAF Cardington Camp

RAF Servicemen & Recruits 1942-1943

RAF group Aug 1943 Chris Chandler 1

Sent in by Chris Chandler we know that this photograph was taken at Cardington as one of the sheds is showing in the background. It is well known that the sheds were camouflaged during the war as can be seen here. Scribbled on the bottom of this image is the year and month the photograph was taken - August 1943 with members of hut number 420. Again please take a close look at these men - and let us know if you recognise anyone.

RAF Unknown recruit Chris Chandler

Also sent in by Chris is this unmarked photograph of a young man at Cardington - again with a shed in the background.

Chris has no idea who this young man is. Can anyone help? He certainly looks relaxed and happy there. It would be lovely to find out who he was and what he was doing at the camp.

Thank you Chris for these intriguing photos.

Mar 17 1943 from EBAY

This photo was taken on Mar 17th 1943 - we don't have names for any of the these young recruits so please take a close look - you might see a relative there!

Thomas Albert Peers March 1942.

5. Thomas Peers 1942

Mike Peers has sent in details of father Thomas Albert Peers March 1942.

“I came across your website trying to find out more about my late father who was at Cardington in 1942. His name was Thomas Albert PEERS, but commonly known as Albert. He is in the front row second from left in the attached group photo taken on18th March 1942. I doubt not many, if any, are still alive. He would have been 21 at the time the photo was taken (his D.o.B. was September 1920 and it would have been his 100th Birthday this September).

5a. Thomas Peers 1942
5b. Thomas Peers 1942

I was wondering if there are any archives from the time so I can find out what his role was there. His home was in Ewloe, North Wales, so he may have been there on national service but I think he stayed in the RAF for a while at that.* I heard mentioned in the past that he may have been an armourer loading ammunition on to aircraft and bombers. Will see if I can get that clarified. I am aware that at one time he was based at RAF Hawarden.

Now I’ve found the photo it needs to be share so please add it to your website hopefully someone might recognise one of the faces. I doubt whether any of those on the photo are still living but it would be brilliant is someone was.
It was good of my dad to put the date and where it was taken on the back of the photo otherwise I would be none the wiser.

After the war and his service to the RAF he joined Vickers Armstrong as an aircraft fitter.

Incidentally his love for aircraft must have passed to me as I worked for 40 years in the aircraft industry all over the UK & Europe with Hawker Siddley, British Aerospace and Airbus. Latterly as lead production engineer on the introduction of the Airbus A380 double decker jet.”

Thank you Mike let’s hope you can find out more about your father - Jane May 2020.

*Given his age at the time of the photo (21) it is most likely that Thomas was at Cardington to enlist in the RAF and was there to receive initial screening and training.

If you or a relative worked at RAF Cardington please make contact.

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