RNAS Stretton. HMS Blackcap.
The base closed in 1958. Two members of the Antrobus Heritage group attended the 60th Anniversary celebration of Royal Naval Air Station, Stretton. It had been organised by the Manchester branch of the Fleet Air Arm Association and they also mounted an exhibition of photographs.
The idea for this book and an accompanying archive came after we identified that there was a clear need to record the heritage that was the Royal Naval Air Station, Stretton.
HMS Blackcap was in fact located in Appleton and the surrounding area including part of Antrobus (Crowley).
With the majority of the airfield buildings demolished and the number of surviving personnel and locals of that era dwindling fast we felt there was no time to lose. This book is based upon the many personal accounts, memories and photographs that we received from former personnel, local inhabitants and others.
We have tried to verify or corroborate facts as far as possible, within our resources.
Antrobus Heritage 2004
There are 112 pages in part one, with sections on Fleet Air Arm, Architecture and Aircraft. The full contents are listed on page 8.
There are 102 pages in part two, with sections on Work and Memories. Extra photographs are included in part three.
Click on the links to view a pdf: HMS Blackcap part one. HMS Blackcap part two. HMS Blackcap part three.