RAF Ibsley Watch OfficeWartime monument to human courage
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Last hope for this inspirational survivor
RAF Ibsley Watch Office once played a crucial part in Britain’s fight against the dark forces of Hitler’s planned invasion. The building at the former Second World War airfield in the New Forest now stands derelict and in peril.
From its runways, between 1941 and 1944, both RAF and USAAF airmen flew out into hostile skies to defend Britain with great courage and at huge personal cost.
The Watch Office itself is a rare surviving example of its type, with a Meteorological Section, large Crittall windows and a concrete viewing balcony. Its survival is remarkable, but it is in a state of extreme dereliction.
“Although it had a very short life, what a life it had to tell as both an RAF Fighter Station and United States Army Air Force Fighter base… what a magnificent contribution Ibsley made to the defence of England in those turbulent wartime days.” Wing Commander Christopher ‘Bunny’ F Currant (1911-2006), DSO. DFC and Bar, Croix de Guerre Station, Commander at RAF Ibsley 1941-1942
How your donation could help
could help replace lost and damaged Crittall windows with energy efficient equivalents
could support repairs to the unique concrete viewing balcony
could support the sensitive repair of crumbling and damaged brickwork
provides a tin of paint to replicate the wartime decorative scheme
Help rescue this precious fragment of wartime history
It must have seemed to many in the summer of 1940 that the world was about to end. Later that year newly constructed RAF Ibsley became a crucial link in the chain of Britain’s air defences. Now, with your support we can rescue this precious fragment of wartime history.
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Other ways to donate
Please call us on 01628 512124 to make a donation over the phone.
Please mail any donations by cheque or CAF voucher to:
RAF Ibsley Appeal
The Landmark Trust
Leave a gift in your Will
We depend on the generosity of individuals, and gifts in wills play a vital role. Every gift, small or large will help protect important historic buildings, as well as the flora, fauna and marine life on Lundy.