Eric Hayward had worked at Dunsfold for many years and over that time was able to take photographs of the activities and aircraft that he saw. His whole collection has been scanned and assembled into an album on Flickr. Whilst it is a diverse collection, in no particular date order, many images are from Dunsfold, and some are of very significant aircraft.
If you can assist in identifying aircraft and locations, please do add the detail in the comment section.
Historic England have recently published their “9 places that tell the story of the RAF” and include Dunsfold at No.8 in their list for its significant part it played in the development of some of the key aircraft of the past 60 years.
The Secretary of State has now decided on the fate of the airfield. After the 3 week long Planning Inquiry on the development plans his Planning Inspector approved the proposals and the Secretary of State has agreed with that judgement. The full details of the decision is here.
The monument stands in front of the Watch Office/control tower that is located to the north of the main runway in the centre of the WWII and latter aircraft development industrial sector. It was Listed by Historic England in December 2017.
A large six sided memorial carved with 3 maple leaves, 3 regimental insignia and an inscription:- Opened by Lieutenant AGL McNaughton GOC of First Canadian Army and handed over to Air Marshall H Edwards Air Officer Commanding in Chief RCAE overseas for the use of the royal Canadian Air Force 16 Oct 1942.
These were the Royal Canadian Royal Airforce , Royal Canadian Engineers, Canadian Forestry Corps and First Canadian Army.
Other monuments by the sculptor Stephen Trenka include one at Young Street (Leatherhead Bypass) and at Young Street in Toronto, Canada. (Trenka was a designer of coins including the reverse of the Canadian Dollar).
Since application for a Conservation Area and Waverley Borough Council’s rejection there have been a number of assets considered for Listed Building Status. Historic England have since designated 5 Listed Structures on the Airfield site:
Engine running pens and VTO blast grid at Dunsfold Airfield, Cranleigh, Surrey – Awarded Listed Building Status
The latest news from Historic England is published here:
Following the application to add the above building to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, we have now considered all the representations made and completed our assessment of the building. Having considered our recommendation, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add the Engine running pens and VTO blast grid at Dunsfold Airfield to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. They are now listed at Grade II.
Please click on the link below to download a copy of Historic England’s advice report, which gives the principal reasons for this decision. The List entry for this building, together with a map, has now been published on the National Heritage List for England, and will be available for public access from tomorrow. This List can be accessed through the Historic England website.
The local planning authority will now be preparing the statutory notices required under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
DAHS Editor’s note: This brings the total of Listed Structures on the Airfield site to 5: