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Site Details

NPRN 407791

Map Reference ST59NW

Grid Reference ST52379566

Unitary (Local) Authority Monmouthshire

Old County Monmouthshire

Community Chepstow

Type of Site AIRFIELD

Broad Class DEFENCE

Period Modern

Site Description Chepstow racecourse was a Satellite Landing Ground (SLG) for aircraft from 19 Maintenance Unit (19 MU) based at St Athan from 3 May 1941. Shields were made of wire wool and netting to protect and camouflage the aircraft, but these were replaced in 1942 by bays created by clearing areas within the surrounding woodland. Some of the original racecourse buildings were used by personnel. Of the waritme buidlings, the Watch Office (now an abandoned residence) and walls that once formed the latrine block are still extant

Event and Historical Information
The racecourse was given the designation 7 Satellite Landing Ground (SLG) and protected by local Home Guard reinforced from time to time with available army units. On 21 February 1942, the landing ground was handed over to 38 Maintenance Unit (MU), Llandow. The aircraft stored included Supermarine Spitfires, North American P51 Mustangs, Havoc Bostons and Armstrong Whitworth Ablemarles. The landing ground and storage areas were declared closed by December 1944 and were returned to the landowner on 31 March 1945.

Sources include:
Defence of Britain Project
Jones, I, 2007, Airfields and Landing Grounds of Wales: South, pg9-13
Phillips, Alan, 2006, Military Airfields Wales, pg63-3
Smith, David J, 1982 Action Stations 3: Military Airfields of Wales and the North West, pg63

RCAHMW, June 2008.

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