North Weald Airfield Museum is a registered charity, No 1081157. Run and staffed by volunteers.
Theairfieldopenedin1916,todefendLondonagainsttheGermanAirshipandBomberraidsoftheFirstWorldWar,Operationalflyingceasedin 1919,butrestartedwhentheairfieldbecameanoperationalRAFFighterstationonceagainin1927.Morethan52squadronsfromsevennations, includingtheU.S.andNorway,flewfromthebasebeforethelastoperationalfightersquadronleftin1958.It'sroleintheBattleofBritaininevitably brought the community into the firing line and during enemy raids on the airfield many bombs fell on North Weald village and the surrounding areas.
Several buildings received direct hits and in one of these air raids nine young soldiers taking cover in a shelter were killed and the Woolpack pub destroyed. Throughout the war local people continued to welcome the airmen and women into their community, many of who returned and still live here today. A lasting reminder of those epic days is provided by the Airfield Memorial, sited at the former main entrance to the airfield and dedicated to all who served at RAF North Weald between 1916 and 1964. It incorporates the Norwegian Memorial Stone erected by the people of Norway in 1952 and a Debt of Honour to the 264 people who died while serving here.
The Airfield 1960
Owned by Epping Forest District Council this 385 acre example of our heritage is a working airfield with facilities for all kinds of aviation activities; including gliding, veteran and executive aircraft. It is an active base for companies involved in aircraft restoration, maintenance and sales, providing a home for a number of classic aircraft collections and the unique ‘ Squadron’.
Add to this; an international air fair, fly-ins, model aircraft flying, gymnastics, a golf driving range, archery, shooting, various motor sports / training. Couple it with a Saturday and Bank Holiday Market that is reputed to be the biggest in the U.K [attracting more than 25,000 people each week] and a thriving business community on the south side of the airfield and it becomes abundantly clear that the old fighter station continues to play an active role in the life of the district, county and local community.
North Weald airfield is steeped in aviation history but retains its vitality through the people that continue to work, live and play there. Over the years it has become the very heart of a community that has grown around it – an RAF Fighter Station that has had a great past, and an airfield that deserves a safe future.
OwnedbyEppingForestDistrictCouncilthis385acre exampleofourheritageisaworkingairfieldwithfacilities forallkindsofaviationactivities;includinggliding,veteran andexecutiveaircraft.Itisanactivebaseforcompanies involvedinaircraftrestoration,maintenanceandsales, providingahomeforanumberofclassicaircraftcollections and the unique ‘ Squadron’.
Addtothis;aninternationalairfair,fly-ins,modelaircraft flying,gymnastics,agolfdrivingrange,archery,shooting, variousmotorsports/training.CoupleitwithaSaturday andBankHolidayMarketthatisreputedtobethebiggestin theU.K[attractingmorethan25,000peopleeachweek]and athrivingbusinesscommunityonthesouthsideofthe airfieldanditbecomesabundantlyclearthattheoldfighter stationcontinuestoplayanactiveroleinthelifeofthe district, county and local community.