When: 23rd March 2019 2pm
Where: Meet at Dispersal Bay near the Knightstone Tea Rooms, Yelverton, PL20 6BT
Description: Plymouth City Council began to look at future airfield sites for Plymouth in the mid-1930s and a report from 1937 shows that three sites were being considered: Chelson Meadow, Roborough, and Harrowbeer. Of these, Harrowbeer was selected as the preferred option. Opened in 1941 and expanded in 1942, Harrowbeer became an effective fighter base with fighter-bombers operational from 1943. From 1943 until 1945, many U.S. light aircraft used Harrowbeer and the base played a key role in the invasion of Europe in 1944. After being closed in 1945, the airfield was eventually demolished but much tangible evidence still exists of its wartime history.
This walk (which will be led by Stephen and Claire Fryer) will be approximately 3 hours but may run over with enthusiasm. Flat walking and some grass. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the day.
Tickets cost £5 per person (accompanied under-16s free) and can be bought on the day or in advance at the Tavistock Visitor Information Centre. They can also be booked online through Tavistock Heritage Trust website: https://www.heritageintavistock.org/events