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Airfield control tower goes under the hammer

By This is Devon  |  Posted: November 20, 2009

UP FOR SALE: The control tower at Winkleigh Airfield.

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A CONTROL tower at a North Devon airfield which played host to forces from across the globe during the Second World War is going under the hammer.

The former control tower at Winkleigh Airfield is seen as one of the most notable reminders of the role this area played in the war.

The tower, together with 11 acres of land which includes the remnants of a variety of outbuildings and shelters and a large segment of the taxi runway, will be sold by auction next Thursday, November 26. There is a guide price of between £200,000 and £300,000.

Winkleigh was strategically important during the war years as it was just five minutes flying time to the north Atlantic coastline of Britain, and less than an hour from the battlefronts of France.

Historians have recorded how experiments in new radar technology were undertaken at Winkleigh, together with munitions developments and the planning of secret operations.

The USAAF at Winkleigh is thought to have been involved in secret operations involving explosive packed aircraft which would be guided to its target by another plane using radio control after the crew had bailed out.

It is also believed that Joseph Kennedy, the older brother of the future American President John F Kennedy, was a visitor to Winkleigh.

Following the war the control tower is thought to have been used as office premises.

Agents say there may be potential to build a themed holiday park on the site.

See the Property pages of this week's North Devon Journal for more details about the property.

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