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.
Please take time to have a full exploration of the site by the menu at the top and bottom of the page. You will find a wealth and range of material of the base 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.
It has been a pleasure to have met up with a number of you on visits back to Newbury over the years and I would be glad to see others of you again as time allows. Greenham as it was is now very much gone; what the Soviet Union could not destroy has been torn down by the cunning planners of local government and much of the history with it. This site is a look back for many of you who had some of the best days of your lives here in the small town of Newbury in Southern England....
Greenham Control Tower reopened as a museum and visitor center as of September 2018. A visit is strongly advised: Open Thurs-Fri mornings till 13.30 and all day Saturdays and Sundays.
My book on the full history of Greenham and RAF Welford is available from lulu.com: In Defense of Freedom: A History of RAF Greenham Common.
Since May 7 2018