In 1941 Croome was requisitioned by the Government, to become R.A.F. Defford. In
May 1942 it became the base for the Telecommunications Flying Unit, established to
test various types of radar equipment which was being developed at the nearby Telecommunications
Research Establishment in Malvern.
R.A.F. Defford was a top secret military establishment, in the heart of the Worcestershire
countryside, which helped to change the course of World War II. The work carried
out here was both ground breaking and dangerous, with numerous incidents, accidents
and fatalities along the way. At it’s peak Defford was home to upwards of 100 aircraft
and over 2500 personnel
Today this remarkable, if somewhat brief, part of Croome’s history is commemorated
in the renovated R.A.F. hospital buildings. Originally housing an Airmen’s Recovery
Ward, a Surgical Unit and a Decontamination Chamber, the buildings now comprise the
National Trust reception area and the visitor canteen …… and an extensive audio/visual
display on R.A.F. Defford, together with a variety of World War II posters.
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