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The primary fighter aircraft at this point would be the Hurricane with other examples including the Miles Master and Magister.

However, being a fighter training site, these were not imposed and whilst two of the runways were extended (1,800 and 1,300 yards) they were not to the full Class A specification.

Like many airfields though, this figure was surpassed with the actual ‘on roll’ totals varying considerably reflecting the constant movement of staff.

Including the numerous support staff, it is believed that some 3,300 people were employed at Milfield at its height.

Known at the time as Woodbridge, it would be a quiet little site that would soon disappear, quickly returning to its agricultural roots once war was over.

As a second war with Germany seemed inevitable, the need for new airfields became evermore apparent, and so the Air Ministry implemented the airfield expansion scheme.

This programme developed so quickly that by 1942 there was a front line airfield opening at the rate of one every three days!

As the German forces moved ever more quickly, and the Fall of France led to the Battle of Britain, the need for fresh, well-trained pilots became paramount.

However, this airfield was no ordinary training facility.