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Offline M_ONeill

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WWII RAF Bases near Atherton, Lancashire?
« on: Saturday 12 December 20 02:00 GMT (UK) »
Hey all,

I've just found a marriage record for a cousin of my grandmother, a Dennis Henry Monckton. He married a Leonora Ibbotson Gerrard in Atherton, Lancashire in 1945.

The record lists him as being in the RAF and I wondered what the nearest RAF base/airfield would have been to Atherton. I'm assuming that he would have likely been stationed somewhere up there as he was originally from Pattinham in Staffordshire (in fact, Clive Road Pattingham is still listed as his home address).

There was also an RAF Cosford near his hometown, so I suppose he could have been based there as well, though how he'd have ended up marrying and settling in Lancashire, I wouldn't know.

Does anyone have any RAF knowledge of this area? Any info greatly appreciated!

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Re: WWII RAF Bases near Atherton, Lancashire?
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 12 December 20 09:15 GMT (UK) »
RAF Ringway, Manchester and the Main HQ and Training Centre, RAF Blackpool.

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Re: WWII RAF Bases near Atherton, Lancashire?
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 12 December 20 11:58 GMT (UK) »
RAF Padgate, not far north-east from Warrington.  Seems to have opened in 1939.
Ballingall, Donaldson, Fulton, Gillespie, Ramsay, Walker - in Fife.
Bury - in Salford & Liverpool.
Jack - in Glasgow, Dunfermline & Dundee.
Bermingham/Birmingham - in Cork.
Eagle - in Norfolk, Edinburgh & Glasgow.


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Re: WWII RAF Bases near Atherton, Lancashire?
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 12 December 20 13:05 GMT (UK) »
though how he'd have ended up marrying and settling in Lancashire, I wouldn't know.


As his wife Lenora was born in 'Leigh reg district ' in 1921 then surely that was as good a place to live as any after they married  :).   Have you located her in 1939.
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