FRADLEY AERODROME

THE HOME OF R.A.F LICHFIELD

Fradley is unique amongst the villages of Staffordshire as during the Second World War, it was chosen as the site of an important R.A.F. base. It was given the title R.A.F. Lichfield, but to many villagers, it was always Fradley Aerodrome. The airfield became both a Maintenance and an Operational Training Unit under the auspices of the R.A.F. until April 1958. It was eventually sold off by the Air Ministry on the 1st. of May 1962.  Thereafter, the site was converted to commercial use; initially under the Birmingham based company of Joseph Lucas.

OUR AIM

The aim of Fradley Heritage Group is therefore:

  1. to try to preserve the memory of the airfield
  2. to honour the men and women who served at the base, both military and civilian, many of whom lost their lives serving their country, or in some cases Commonwealth.
  3. to assess the impact of Fradley Aerodrome on the   development of the village and the effects upon the everyday lives and memories of the villagers at the time and in the present.
  4. to develop an archive of photographs, maps, drawings, documents, memories, personal anecdotes, illustrating this significant period in the history of Fradley. 
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List of Casualties

View the list of casualties from the Fradley Cemetery

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Fradley’s memorial to RAF Lichfield was opened in 2001, located opposite St. Stephens Primary School. To see further details about the memorial, please click here

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War Graves

View the gallery of war graves in Fradley cemetery

LEARN MORE

Click on the links below to see more information about some of our influential figures within R.A.F Lichfield’s history
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Construction Of The Aerodrome

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All Units

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Training Accidents (1941-1945)

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On Op’s-Operational Losses 1941-1945.)

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R.A.F. Lichfield Second World War Graves Study

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Those Who Served

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Village Memories Of R.A.F. Lichfield

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The Demise Of The Airfield And What Remains Today

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Rollo Roy Stephen Sharpe

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Training Accident 13th / 14th March 1943

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Rollo Roy Stephen Sharpe

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Training Accident 13th / 14th March 1943

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Training Accidents (1941-1945)

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Newspaper Clippings

In association with

THE RAF LICHFIELD ASSOCIATION