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RAF Carew Cheriton

   RAF Carew Cheriton near Tenby in Pembrokeshire was first used during the First World War as a Royal Naval Air Station. During World War Two the site was rebuilt as a Coastal Command Station. During the evening of 15th July 1940, bombs were dropped near RAF Carew Cheriton. The airfield was handed over to Technical Training Command in 1942 and became home to No. 10 Radio School.

Today some of the runways and buildings remain, there is a museum on site.

Squadrons stationed at RAF Carew Cheriton

  • No. 1 AACU
  • 75 Squadron
  • No: 254 Squadron. May to Dec 1941
  • No: 248 Squadron. June 1941 to March 1942
  • No: 22 Squadron. March to April 1940


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Those known to have served at

RAF Carew Cheriton

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Carr Ronald Richard. Aircraftman 2nd Class (d.25th April 1944)
  • Coates William. WO.
  • Johnson Robert Irvine. Flight Lieutenant (d.25th April 1944)
  • Ogden Micky. F/Lt
  • Prager H.C.. Off.
  • Tudehope Reginald Joseph. Flight Sergeant
  • VanKooy M.R.. Lt. (d.25th February 1941)
  • Young Sydney James Herbert. Flight Sergeant

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Flight Lieutenant Robert Irvine Johnson 10 Radio School (d.25th April 1944)

Four men who served at Carew Cheriton and lost their lives were the crew of Anson DJ639, lost at sea on 25 April, 1944. They were on a training mission with No 10 Radio School and did not return. An aircraft was seen to crash into the sea off the coast of Wexford, Ireland. Only the body of AC2 Carr was recovered. The crew were: F/Lt Robert Irvine Johnson 118115 F/Sgt Sydney James Herbert Young 424503 RAAF F/Sgt Reginald Joseph Tudehope 424479 RAAF AC2 Ronald Richard Carr 3025469

Dennis Burke

Aircraftman 2nd Class Ronald Richard Carr No. 10 Radio School (d.25th April 1944)

AC2 Ronald Richard Carr is buried at Morval (St Wenna) Church Cemetery.

F/Lt Micky Ogden 236 Squadron

My father, then F/Lt Micky Ogden, served at RAF Carew Cheriton very briefly in 1942 with 236 Squadron. It is recorded in his logbook 18-1-42 he flew Beaufighter "F" to St Eval and back with F/Lt Cairns and Sgt Thomas for 1 hour 30 minutes and then Beaufighter "M" for airtest for 15 minutes. Two weeks later on 2-2-42 he flew a new Beaufighter from Filton to Portreath on route to Gibraltar, Malta, and Egypt.

Michael Ogden

Off. H.C. Prager No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF

On 8th March 1941 the Hudson T9356 'Brantas' of 320 Squadron crash landed at Carew Cheriton. The crew were:

  • Off. H.C. Prager - OK not wounded
  • Off. F. Overeijnder - wounded
  • Cpl. J. Zuurveld - wounded
  • A. Van Mastbergen - wounded
  • H. Jongman - OK not wounded


Lt. M.R. VanKooy No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.25th February 1941)

Hudson T9364 'Ypenburg' of 320 Squadron crashed immediately after t/o from Carew Cheriton.

The crew were:

  • Lt. M.R. Van Kooy - Killed and buried at Carew Pembrokeshire
  • Sgt. J. Brugman - survived
  • Sgt. J. Michels - Killed buried at Carew, Pembrokeshire
  • Stoker F. Overdijk - Killed, buried at Carew, Pembrokeshire
  • Cpl. C.J.I. Rademaker - Killed, buried at Carew, Pembrokeshire


WO. William Coates

William Coates was a navigator and wireless operator in Coastal Command. He spent time at the RAF Cranwell and Cambridge colleges. He lived in Emmanuel and trained in Downing. He was also in Ancienne Lorette, Carew Cheriton, Killadeas and Lossiemouth. He was in charge of German prisoners at some point.

Jan Coates

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