Save Winkleigh Control Tower - Open Campaign Meeting
Winkleigh Airfield’s Control Tower stands as the only recognisable reminder of WWII airbase RAF Winkleigh and is a scheduled monument. RAF Winkleigh was built in 1941 and operated night missions operated until the end of WWII in 1945 – the SOE missions carried out from RAF Winkleigh had a 70% success rate. It was host to an incredible array of international squadrons and their support units. The airfield was decommissioned and sold in 1958. The control tower has now been derelict for 25 years.
“The control tower at Winkleigh still stands to its full height close to a modern road. It is highly visible and serves as a graphic reminder of major conflicts in the mid-20th century.” - Historic England Monument Listing
The Save Winkleigh Control Tower campaign was started by a group of concerned historians, and headed by Gina Kennedy. The original idea was to attempt to raise the funds necessary to purchase the control tower and then operate it as a living history museum. Since the sale of the control tower site at auction, we have been unsuccessful in our attempts to contact the new owner to offer our support in the restoration of the control tower and we currently have no idea of the their plans for the site.
However, the ultimate intention of the campaign was always the restoration of the Control Tower so that it, and the history of RAF Winkleigh, can be safeguarded for future generations. Therefore we will be continuing our work in documenting and publicising the unique history of RAF Winkleigh and would welcome the opportunity to work with the new owner towards the restoration of the control tower.
To this end, we are holding an open meeting on Sunday 11th October 2015 at The Kings Arms in Winkleigh at 3pm. All those interested in the preservation of this historic scheduled monument and in the history of RAF Winkleigh are invited to attend.
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