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PREFACE – This second edition continues to be a tribute to the RAF, a subject that I have lived with since I purchased , in the early 1960s, a copy of Richard Collier’s “Eagle Day – the Battle of Britain”.

Since then, my reference library has grown in stature and I have made many friends and probably been in contact with approaching one thousand people who served at Warmwell, in an effort to record their personal reminiscences. What began as an interest has become an obsession. Nevertheless, such a project can only be conducted with the help of one’s family. Carol, my long suffering wife, has had to endure much and became a ‘grass widow’ to my preoccupation with the historic events surrounding Dorset’s only fighter station.

The history of RAF Warmwell is the history of the people who served there. It is the people who make history – the men and women who, of all service branches and many nations, bought with their bodies and minds the freedom we readily accept today without a thought. They were young once, full of confidence and lived for the day; because ‘today’ literally might have been the last day of their lives.

Today, they are old and frail, their bodies and minds are still paying the price of that conflict over half a century ago. I ask you to remember them, their yesterdays bought us our tomorrow. Their legacy is our freedom.

The anecdotal stories related between these pages are quoted verbatim from the material veterans have supplied. Their words describe the events they experienced.

To everyone who has helped and assisted me over the years, I can only express my thanks for your kindness, time and effort. I hope you will not feel it was wasted.

Meanwhile the work continues……Anthony Cooke


Reflections of RAF Warmwell – a book by Anthony Cooke. — 8 Comments

  1. Me and a couple of members of friends and family were wondering. Where exactly the Warmwell airfield was. We’ve been out and had a look and can’t find any trace. We have paid our respects to the fallen at Warmwell church. The graves and suroundings are well kept. They have paid the greatest price for us and we are grateful. It would be great if there were plaques at all the airfields or sites of. We are in particular interested in the Battle of Britain. We are going to a publc talk tomorrow at 7.30 at The Sandbanks Hotel. The subject this tme Hurn Airport the history of. I intend to purchase The Warmwell book and learn more about the brave hero’s.
    With kind regards Rod’ Wood.

    • Hello Mr Wood

      MANY thanks for your email and going thro’ my website to ask this question. Well – it is also a bit of a good question, as it were!! There is very little of the original airstation left as I understand it.

      I have a plan to go to an arae of woodland to the west of the actual station area as I seem to recall there are some remnants of old nissans and open air fighter plane “stands”. However it’s been a while since I went there and I KNOW a lot of gravel pit activity in the area has happened.

      I’m afraid I can’t really enlarge more than that unless we can find someone else who knows more….

      I agree with your sentiments re the station and the men and women who were stationed there. However it seems “progress” has taken a lead…

      I hope you enjoy your talk at Sandbanks, regarding Hurn Airport….

      One other thing you might like to do is add a comment on our Facebook page and click the “Like” link…need to try to get this recognised more as well…

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      Many thanks


  2. As regards to the location of warmwell as a child my gram lived at crossways next to the old airfield. if on your next visit if you take the road from dorchester passing through west stafford although the road layout has changed recently leaving west stafford behind you , carry on till you go over a level crossing about a mile after this crossing you will see a house on your left it has a flat roof that used to be the control tower for the aerodrome looking to the right at that point was the airfield , i fear the air field might have been built on since its a while i ve been to crossways

    • Hello and thanks for your comment Mr(?) Mitcham. That house is still there if I’m on the right track, but the old station is now a quarry and refuse pit area now…
      How it would appear to you now – well, probably quite unrecognisable…

      Many thanks


  3. Hi I live on the west side of the old airfield and have lived here for 47 years.

    I remember as a child walking along the old runways and me and my brothers going in and out of all the tunnels and passages that run threw the woods.

    Over the years I have seen the destruction of the buildings although at present some still remain in the woods, I walk the woods every morning with the dog and more recently have tried to imagine what it was like 70 odd years ago.

    There are still initials carved on the trees, although now the land has been sold to a big holiday company so I don’t know how long they will survive.

    For anybody who lost or had family there at present these woods are loved

    • Hello and many thanks for your comment here on our site.

      It’s a while since I walked those woods and I recall seeing the old huts and open parking areas for the aircraft.

      Glad to have you on here and if you have any old photos to add – please do wither register to post or email them over to and I’ll post them on your behalf…

      Many thanks

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