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.
The aim of Fradley Heritage Group is therefore:
- to try to preserve the memory of the airfield
- 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.
- 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.
- to develop an archive of photographs, maps, drawings, documents, memories, personal anecdotes, illustrating this significant period in the history of Fradley.