During the mid 1930’s it became clear to those in government that the situation within Germany could easily threaten Great Britain and her allies. Therefore during this period steps were taken to strengthen Britain’s Armed Forces.This era became known as “The Expansion Period”, and saw the construction of a large number of airfields across the country, Little Rissington was one of these airfields.

One of the highest mainland RAF stations ever built, the airfield was situated some 700 feet above sea level on a Cotswold plateau. Little Rissington was built by the War Office’s contractors following consultation with the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE). This body ensured that the station’s buildings were in keeping with the local surroundings, with such attractive villages as Bourton on the Water and Great Rissington. Hence the station benefited from dry-stone walling and many buildings constructed from Cotswold Stone.

Little Rissington airfield was intended for use as a Flying Training School, and as a Maintenance Unit for the storage of aircraft. The majority of buildings, including instructional facilities, quarters and hangars were built to the north of the airfield site itself. Storage hangars, which were to be in much demand as the war started, were dispersed to the south and east of the airfield.

RAF Little Rissington – Origins & WWII

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Messrs Oxton and Hicks, broadcasting from the ex-RAF base in Upper Rissington, UK.

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