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DO YOU REMEMBER: Air Training Corps at Northwood HQ

 Published on: 12th July 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

The military have had a presence in Northwood since at least 1938, when Eastbury Park was taken over by the Royal Air Force (RAF) for use as a coastal command post, with underground bunkers dug underneath.

It became an important site for NATO in 1953, now designated as Northwood HQ, with the RAF vacating in 1969 as the Royal and NATO navies moved in. The site was centre of operations during the 1982 Falklands War.

The site was handed over to the Permanent Joint Headquarters in 2002, with the location now acting as the centre of where all of the British armed forces’ overseas operations are planned out.

This picture is from the HQ’s RAF days, with the volunteer-led Air Training Corps carrying out a march through the site.

Do you have any pictures of Northwood’s military history? Or any other photo memories of the area? Feel free to send them to us at and it could feature!

Photo Credit: Glenn Copus,  ANL, Shutterstock

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