Dear to almost all our hearts, I think, may be the preservation of the memory
of those who fought and died for the freedom we all enjoy today.
The good folks of North Weald village have taken to their hearts many
thousands of Air Force men and women from many different countries, and
supported them with their kindness and generosity of spirit, since the RAF
Station North Weald was first established in 1918, until it closed in 1958
as an RAF station and was then handed over to the British Army. They too
enjoyed the practical good will of the people of North Weald Bassett and
district, and their exemplary service was recognised by the award to The
Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment of the Freedom of the Borough of Epping, nearby.
The history of RAF Station North Weald has now been immortalised by the
production of a DVD covering each era through which the Airfield has passed.
It has been produced privately by a group of people who live in North Weald
and the towns and villages nearby and has been published by Streets Ahead
Productions ( www.streetsaheadtv.com ) Written, Produced and edited by Brian
Cattell, with Arthur Moreton of North Weald Aviation Heritage, it contains
comment by Lord Norman Tebitt and A. Commodore Roger Topp AFC**
It is an excellent documentary with flying scenes dating back to the 1920,
right up to the present day, and naturally includes some scenes of the Black
The war time activities of the airfield are well covered and there are
several scenes which include famous RAF characters such as Lords Trenchard
and Dowding, as well as Victor Beamish and Al Deere who were both one time
Comment is included from various of the local ordinary folk who well
remember the war years and also the creation of the Fighter Plotter station at Kelvedon
Hatch, which is now a museum.
Personal were bussed every day from North Weald to Kelvedon Hatch. Their
accommodation at North Weald was in Seco huts.......not the luxury of the barrack blocks that
we enjoyed. They were scandalously but jokingly referred to as The girls
from Kelvedon Hatch, though there was not one WAAF or WRAF lady amongst
They took it all in good part as off they went with regular monotony to
their underground cabins, to plot the routes of incursion of aircraft from
the USSR for the duration of the Cold War.
North Weald is still operational as an airfield and present day operations
with 'war birds' are included.
The production of this DVD has taken a lot of time and effort, not to
mention the financial outlay.
Please support the North Weald Aviation Heritage by buying a copy of your
own, and in this way help to preserve the memory of all servicemen who worked there and the
villagers whose generous spirit and practical concern for them, lives on as a monument
to the sacrifices made by all those who lost their lives in war and peace, whether servicemen
and women or civilians.
RAF North Weald is perhaps the last remaining operational air base from which the
Battle of Britain was fought. It is deserving in every way of preservation in this way, as a
living monument and tribute to the British way of life, and all those virtues and values we hold dear,
whatever our political point of view or colour or race, for it was not just the white race that
fought and flew from here.
Of necessity today Britishness is not the sole preserve of white people.
Remember the British Commonwealth with its many different races and a multitude of
different colours and shades, rallied to the cause of fighting for the freedom of us all. My bet
is, that given similar circumstances, they would do the same today. Happily, I believe, that
situation is not likely to arise.
It remains therefore our prime duty to respect and get on with all our
As neighbours the people of North Weald were exemplary. I believe they still
Remember North Weald and, if you can, buy a copy of the DVD. Watch it,
review it, remember those days and enjoy it.