Entrance to RAF Northolt in South Ruislip
South Ruislip shown within Greater London
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South Ruislip is an area of west London in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
Schools in South Ruislip include Bourne Primary, Deanesfield, Field End, St Swithun Wells and Queensmead.
South Ruislip station is served by the Central line of the London Underground. Chiltern Railways serve hourly, with trains to London Marylebone and High Wycombe. Although no bus route directly serves the station, London Buses route E7 serves one end of nearby Station Approach and route 114 serves the other.
The Royal Air Force station, RAF Northolt, is situated in South Ruislip near the A40 and the tube station. Most early RAF airfields were named after the nearest railway station; in this case Northolt Junction, the original name of South Ruislip station.
Polish fighter pilots during in the Battle of Britain were based at RAF Northolt, and the Polish War Memorial was built later after the conflict. The memorial stands next to the A40 adjacent to the airfield, and is dedicated to the memory of the Polish airmen who fought with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.
A damaged Vickers Wellington, attempting to land at RAF Northolt, crashed in Station Approach in October 1942. The resulting fire caused the remaining ammunition on board to detonate, and 21 people were killed.
In the 1950s and 1960s RAF South Ruislip supported by RAF West Ruislip was Headquarters, 7th Air Division of the Strategic Air Command (SAC), supporting SAC operations in the UK until 1958 when the 7th Air Division relocated to RAF High Wycombe, and the station became Headquarters, 3d Air Force and transferred to United States Air Forces, Europe. In 1972 HQ, 3d Air Force relocated to RAF Mildenhall and the buildings remained empty until 1995 when they were demolished.
In 2012, the BBC announced it would be moving the Digital Media Services branch of BBC Studios and Post Production from BBC Television Centre to the Odyssey Business Park near RAF Northolt between February and March 2013.
- "A focus on South Ruislip" (PDF). London Borough of Hillingdon. January 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
- "Polish War Memorial". London Borough of Ealing. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
- Bowlt 1994, p.135
- Bowlt 2007, p.91
- Drewett, Zoe (31 October 2012). "BBC moving to Ruislip to preserve classic television". Uxbridge Gazette. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- Bowlt, Eileen. M. (1994) Ruislip Past. London: Historical Publications ISBN 0-948667-29-X
- Bowlt, Eileen. M. (2007) Around Ruislip, Eastcote, Northwood, Ickenham & Harefield. Stroud: Sutton Publishing ISBN 978-0-7509-4796-1