RAF Fauld

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RAF Fauld
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Located near Hanbury in Staffordshire
RAF Fauld is located in Staffordshire
RAF Fauld
RAF Fauld
Coordinates 52°50′50″N 1°43′50″W / 52.8471°N 1.7306°W / 52.8471; -1.7306
Type Bomb Store
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Controlled by Royal Air Force
Open to
the public
Condition Sealed
Site history
Built 1939 (1939)
In use Royal Air Force 1939-1966
United States Army 1967-1973
Battles/wars Second World War

Royal Air Force Fauld is a former Royal Air Force underground munitions storage depot located 2.0 miles (3.2 km) south west of Tutbury, Staffordshire and 10.4 miles (16.7 km) north east of Rugeley, Staffordshire, England.


The site was controlled by No. 21 Maintenance Unit RAF which stored munitions underground.

The explosion[edit]

At 11:11 am on Monday, 27 November 1944 an explosion destroyed a large part of the site and killed about 70 people.

Post 1944[edit]

The depot was used until 1966 when the site was closed. However, in late 1966 when France withdrew from NATO's integrated military structure the site was briefly used between 1967 and 1973.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reed, John, (1977). "Largest Wartime Explosions: 21 Maintenance Unit, RAF Fauld, Staff. November 27, 1944", After the Battle, 18, Pp 35 - 40. ISSN 0306-154X.

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