ROYAL AIR FORCE STATION UPPER HEYFORD
Memorial Web Site "Gone But Not Forgotten"
Here's just a sample of what's inside!
Established as an RFC aerodrome in 1915, the site eventually became an RAF
bomber station in the 1920's and 30's, with the veritable Handley-Page
Bomber equipping the
16th Operational Training Unit (OTU) in 1940. Not long after WWII, the
USAF leased the air base from the Ministry Of Defense as part of the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance. In 1952, the USAF's Startegic Air
Command (SAC) B-47
bomber aircraft arrived and stayed until 1965. The 66th Tactical Reconnaisance
Wing (TRW) took up residence with the
RF-101C "Voodoo" until 1969. By the mid-1970's, the F-100's of
the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) arrived and were replaced soon after by the
F-111E, "Aardvark". The US drawdown brought a close to US occupancy and
operations at the air base in 1994, at which time the site was returned to the
Ministry Of Defense.
Americans fly home after 43 years Submitted by Jonathan (last name witheld by request).
Click on thumbnail images to enlarge.
Use your web browser's "Back" button to return to this page.
From the 1954 RAF Upper Heyford Yearbook. Submitted by Gerald
"Jerry" Moore, 3918th Headquarters Squadron, Dec 1952 -
Front Gate 1962
Submitted by Phil Ashley, 3918th Transportation Squadron, Sep 1961 - Jun 1963.
3918th Combat Support Group Heyford Minutemen Drill Team
and AP's - Flag Lowering Ceremony - Base Air Police Headquarters
in background. Across from Base Headquarters Building.
Submitted by Jim Seymour.
Submitted by George Tomlinson through Jim Seymour.
Submitted by Charles (Chuck) Abbott, "Jolly" Green Giant, 18th TRS, 1966 - 1969.
Submitted by Shane Gaster, Sgt, 20th SPS, Jun 1975 - Jun 1977.
Dan Determan, 20th SPS, "B" Flight, by base entrance sign.
"The sign entrance at the main gate near the Law Enforcement building where
you accessed the post office."
Submitted by Harold Messimer (pictured), Avionics Specialist
with the "Fighting 55th" (Blue Section); Comm, Nav and ECM,
Sep 1985 - Mar 1988.
"..two [photos] of the RAF UH Guard room a
few days after the Libyan raid. [15 Apr 86]."
An article from the Banbury Guardian, July 7, 2005. Submitted by Dionne Huntington.
If you are having difficulty with images not appearing on this web site,
it may be that you are using a web browser other than Microsoft Internet
Explorer. Click on this link for a free download:
This is not an official web site of the United States Air Force (USAF), the United
States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), the US Department Of Defense (US DOD) or the
Ministry Of Defense (MOD); nor is it affiliated with any government agency. No portion
of this web site should be construed as official statements of the USAF, USAFE, the US
DOD, or the MOD.