RAF Stormy Down Memorial
On 2 July 2017 a Memorial Stone was unveiled on the site of Royal Air Force Stormy Down to commemorate those who trained and served there during the War, but more importantly in the memory of the 53 individuals who lost their lives whilst undergoing their training during World War 2. The event was attended by approximately 600 guests including a significant proportion of dignatories; the Secretary of State for Wales Mr Alun Cairns, First Minister for Wales Minister Mr Carwyn Jones, The Lord Lieutenant Mrs Kate Thomas, Air Commodore Dai Williams (RAF) and on behalf of the New Zealand Air Force in honour of their allied contributions, Wing Commander Lisa D’Ovileira.
The RAF aerodrome at Stormy Down, served a very important role in the training of both air and ground crews during the 1939-45 war period, including 7000 Air Gunners, 400 Air Observers and later, some 2,000 Flight Engineers training at St Athan did a short ground gunnery course at Stormy Down. In total, over 10,000 aircrew passed through the school, not including pilots, many of which were Fleet Air Arm, who underwent the armament phase of their advanced training before qualifying for their ‘wings’.
For a period of 18 months from June 1940 a Ground Armament School was established, it trained 1,800 RAF and WAAF armourers as well as several hundred sailors destined to become Telegraphist Air Gunners with the Fleet Air Arm. Towards the end of the war RAF Stormy Down ceased to be a flying station, the laying of the Memorial Stone is a gesture in tribute to those that are gone but not forgotten.