RAF South Cerney

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RAF South Cerney
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg
IATA: noneICAO: none
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator Royal Air Force
Location South Cerney, Gloucestershire
Built 1937
In use 1937 - 1972
Elevation AMSL 364 ft / 111 m
Coordinates 51°41′27″N 001°55′28″W / 51.69083°N 1.92444°W / 51.69083; -1.92444Coordinates: 51°41′27″N 001°55′28″W / 51.69083°N 1.92444°W / 51.69083; -1.92444
RAF South Cerney is located in Gloucestershire
RAF South Cerney
RAF South Cerney
Location in Gloucestershire
Direction Length Surface
ft m
01/19 2,925 892 Grass
09/27 3,225 983 Grass

RAF South Cerney is a former Royal Air Force station located in South Cerney near Cirencester in Gloucestershire, England. It is now known as the Duke of Gloucester Barracks.


During the Second World War a number of training units were posted to the airfield:[1]

  • No. 1 Initial Training School
  • No. 2 Flying Training School
  • No. 3 Flying Training School
  • No. 15 Service Flying Training School
  • No. 23 Group Communications Flight
  • No. 27 Group Communications Flight
  • No. 83 Gliding School
  • No. 1519 Beam Approach Training Flight
  • No. 1539 Beam Approach Training Flight
  • Air Crew Allocation Unit
  • Aircrew Officer Training School

The airbase was handed over to the British Army in 1971 and renamed the Duke of Gloucester Barracks.[2]


The site has two short runways that are regularly used by two commercial freefall parachuting businesses.[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "South Cerney". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Regiments 11 on". British Army units 1945 on. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Skydive South Cerney[dead link]
  4. ^ "Welcome to the SILVER STARS Website". Silver Stars - RLC Parachute Centre. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 

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