C-5 Galaxy at Greenham Common in 1989

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.

  

 

Map of Greenham Common in 1957.jpg

Greenham Common map (click to expand)

NEWS:

A revised version of In Defense of Freedom; a History of RAF Greenham Common is now available

Order your copy online here

 

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