Sedgemoor Radio Control Flying Club
Westonzoyland Airfield, near Bridgwater Somerset -
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The Sedgemoor Radio Control Flying Club is pleased to be associated with, and support the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust.
The nation's airfields, Westonzoyland included, are places of great historical importance and sadly, many are being destroyed or neglected. The Trust aims to advance the education of the public in the history of British airfields and to preserve their historical records. The charity aims to erect memorials wherever possible, to ensure these heritage sites, and the people who served there, are not forgotten. On 28th November 2015, one such memorial was unveiled at Westonzoyland Village Hall, located close to our airfield and was formerly used by the RAF as a Gymnasium and Cinema.
RAF Weston Zoyland (always two words for the RAF) originated in the mid-
In 1942, the Air Ministry decided to upgrade the airfield to bomber standard and, early in 1943, work began on laying concrete runways and the perimeter track The main runway was 5,775 ft in length and set at 110/290 degrees.
Several Squadrons were based at Weston Zoyland, but the longest stay was by No. 16 Squadron RAF who flew Westland Lysanders, and later the Mustang. Later, Spitfires became a common sight being flown by No. 19 Squadron RAF and others. Nos. 286 and 587 Squadrons with their mixture of Miles Martinets, Hawker Hurricanes, Airspeed Oxfords, Vultee A-
There was virtually no further flying at Weston Zoyland until the summer of 1952 when, to meet the Soviet threat, an increase in the RAF's strength and a demand for more aircrews found Meteors and Vampires operating in a training role.
English Electric Canberra squadrons were present during the mid-
The ABCT website ( www.abct.org.uk ) contains more than 2,000 pages and is a fantastic resource.
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