Monument record 0849900000 - Oakley airfield


WWII military airfield now used for agriculture, industry, and recreational flying

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded


Type and Period (1)

  • MILITARY AIRFIELD (Modern - 1942 AD to 1945 AD)


Opened on 27th May 1942 as a second satellite of Bicester but with opening of Westcott it became its main satellite airfield. As a full size bomber airfield aircraft returning from bombing raids over enemy territory, and in trouble, would often divert to Oakley. Closed to flying in August 1945 (B1).
There were three concrete runways 50 yards wide and of lengths 2000, 1400 and 1700 yards. Two hangars type T2 and B1. It had hardstanding for 27 heavy bombers. Accommodation for RAF personnel was 82 officers, 300 NCOs and 846 Other ranks, to total 1228. WAAF accommodation was for 4 officers, 8 NCOs and 225 Other Ranks, to total 237 (B3).
Plans of the Technical Areas and accommodation sites were made just after the war (B2).
At the end of the war hundreds of repatriated Prisoners of War were received here. The B1 hangar was equiped for the provision of refreshment and succour (B4).
Oakley airfield was considered to be able to be returned to agriculture in 1950. The Air Ministry considered that all the highways across the airfield could be reopened. The Ministry of Agriculture had suggested that certain bridleways should be realigned along the main runway and perimeter tracks and also that a footpath should be diverted. Oakley and Worminghall Parish Councils had raised no objection (B5).

Sources (12)

  • ---SBC22349 Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. 1946 RAF vertical APs.
  • ---SBC22350 Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1950. 1950 RAF vertical APs.
  • ---SBC22351 Aerial Photograph: Fairey Air Survey. 1966. 1966 FSL vertical APs.
  • ---SBC22352 Aerial Photograph: Cambridge Committee for Aerial Photography. 1985 Bucks County Survey vertical APs.
  • ---XYSBC22565 Graphic material: Air Ministry (RAF). 1944. RAF Oakley record site plan. Drawing no. 4312/44. [Mapped feature: #31035 ]
  • ---SBC22566 Graphic material: Air Ministry (RAF). 1944. RAF Oakley record site plan. Drawing no. 4313/44.
  • <1>SBC19271 Bibliographic reference: Robin J Brooks. 2000. Thames Valley Airfields in the Second World War. p173-p178.
  • <2>SBC22296 Digital archive: Web site. 2005. Oakley plans.
  • <3>SBC22314 Bibliographic reference: Steve Willis and Barry Holliss. Military Airfields in the British Isles 1939-1945.
  • <4>SBC22307 Bibliographic reference: Michael J F Bowyer. 1983. Action Stations: 6. Military airfields of the Cotswolds and the Cental Midlands. No. 6.
  • <5>SBC22810 Article in serial: 1950. 745 people living in Hutments.
  • <6>SBC25359 Digital archive: UK Pillbox Study Group. 2020. UK Pillbox Study Group - Database of Modern Defence Sites.


Grid reference Centred SP 63670 09868 (2491m by 2525m) (2 map features)
Civil Parish OAKLEY, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire
Civil Parish WORMINGHALL, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

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Record last edited

Nov 11 2020 7:23AM

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