RAF Bodorgan

16 Jan

In 1940 work began on a small airfield close to the Anglesey village of Malltraeth. The land was requisitioned for use by the Air Ministry, from The Bodorgan Estate, and was initially known as RAF Aberffraw.

In its infancy Aberffraw was home to pilotless aircraft that were used by the gunners at nearby Ty Croes artillery range. The drones were known as Queen Bees and were radio controlled.

In May 1941 it was renamed RAF Bodorgan (apparently was easier to pronounce for non-natives!) and more land was requisitioned. At this point it became an overflow facility for the Maintenance Unit at RAF Hawarden and both fighters and bombers were stored at the site.

Although the airfield was never a victim of enemy action, tragedy did strike on a number of occasions when aircraft from RAF Bodorgan crashed killing members of the crew.

By late December 1945 RAF Bodorgan was no longer needed and although it housed Italian ‘co-operators’ for a time it was handed back to the Bodorgan Estate.  Today a number of buildings from 70 years ago still remain including this pillbox. 

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3 Responses to “RAF Bodorgan”

  1. liverpoolblitz January 17, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    I’ve been through that area when I did the Anglesey Coastal Path, had no idea about this site, but you can see the history all around you on that walking route.

    • homefrontmuseum January 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

      That area of Anglesey, in particular, is rich with WW2 history. As well as the remains of the RAF airfield, concrete tank traps are still visible on the shoreline at Malltraeth while Newborough Warren was home to a Q site – the decoy for RAF Valley. Meanwhile Ty Croes at Aberffraw was used as an artillery range. The local cemeteries are worth a walk round too as many airmen are buried in them – victims of tragic accidents in the skies above Anglesey.

      • liverpoolblitz January 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

        Interesting, I don’t think I saw much of those when I passed through, but I know the areas you mean.

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