RAF Greenham Common was an RAF and US Air Force base south of Newbury & Thatcham in Berkshire. This was once an airfield that operated through World War Two, the Cold War (with USAF Strategic Air Command and B-47s) and later with the US Air Force 501st Tactical Missile Wing with 96 Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCM). Despite protests and controversy, the mission was achieved and the Cold War was won. Greenham Common closed in September 1992 but the base lives on in our memories as a victory for freedom and a validation of a strong defense posture.
Take time to have a full explore of the site by the menu at the top and bottom of the page. You will find a wealth and range of material of Greenham Common and its history. You may also like to know that a book is now available on the history of Greenham Common and Welford. Details at the bottom of the page.
This site is dedicated to the history of Greenham & RAF Welford and all those who were there as Airmen, civilians, DoD, Police, local people and more.
Greenham Common map (click to expand)
Greenham Control Tower reopened as a museum and visitor center as of September 2018. The site is temporarily closed amid the Covid-19 emergency.
Since May 7 2018