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Did you serve at Culdrose?

Published: 13 Jul 2014

Historians at RNAS Culdrose want to hear your stories of life at the Cornish air station over the past 67 years.

The base’s heritage committee want to flesh out the official story with first-person accounts from those who have served there.

DO YOU have a dit about Cornwall’s premier air station?

If you do – and a good many of our readers probably will have – the RNAS Culdrose Heritage Committee want to hear it.

They're looking to build up a comprehensive anthology of life at the Lizard Peninsula airbase, which has served the Fleet Air Arm since 1947.

The history of the base is fairly well charted through official documents – but it’s the human stories the committee, which meets three times a year, is keen on receiving to bring the past to life.

“It’s the personal experiences of people who’ve worked at or been associated with the base over the years that is the most interesting and needs to be preserved,” said Lt Helen Dobbs, Sea King engineering officer and chairwoman of the heritage committee.

"Whilst we have a good deal of documentation and historical material in our archives both here and at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, we'd welcome stories and reminiscences from anyone who’s had a connection with Culdrose and who’d like to share those memories and experiences.”

You can see some of the heritage committee’s work at Culdrose Air Day on Thursday July 1 when several historic airframes and displays will be on show.

Anyone wishing to share their memories should contact Lt H Dobbs, Station Heritage Committee, RNAS Culdrose, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 7RH or email [email protected].


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