RAF Stoke Orchard

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RAF Stoke Orchard
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Stoke Orchard, Gloucestershire
Built 1940
In use 1941–1945
Coordinates 51°56′46″N 002°06′45″W / 51.94611°N 2.11250°W / 51.94611; -2.11250Coordinates: 51°56′46″N 002°06′45″W / 51.94611°N 2.11250°W / 51.94611; -2.11250
RAF Stoke Orchard is located in Gloucestershire
RAF Stoke Orchard
RAF Stoke Orchard
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Royal Air Force Stoke Orchard or more simply RAF Stoke Orchard is a former Royal Air Force station near the village of Stoke Orchard, north west of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire during the Second World War.


The airfield was developed in 1940–41, originally as a Relief Landing Ground. In September 1941 it became a training airfield[citation needed] for No. 10 Elementary Flying Training School RAF[1] with 50 de Havilland Tiger Moths were based there. From July 1942 to January 1945 the airfield specialised in the training of glider pilots and instructors[citation needed] with No. 3 Glider Training School RAF (3 GTS).[1]

Aircraft production[edit]

It was also home to a Ministry for Aircraft Production shadow factory run by the Gloster Aircraft Company at Brockworth. There were two large buildings, one for production and one flight shed. This site became the Coal Research Establishment of the National Coal Board following the war.[citation needed]

Current use[edit]

Today the airfield has been returned to agriculture/waste plant.

The Former Coal board site has now been developed as a housing estate by Bloor Homes, with the streets have been named after significant names relating to the former RAF base and Gloster Aircraft Company such as Armstrong Road, Whittle Close, Feddon Close, Hurricane Drive and Zura Drive.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Stoke Orchard". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 

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