This website has been set up as a tribute to RAF Cardington in Bedford which finally closed in the year 2000. Now 16 years later in 2016 new homes have been built on parts of the old site and further houses are in the pipeline as we speak.
By way of explanation I live across the road from the former Camp in Shortstown and in 2009 I set up a website about the history of Shortstown (www.shortstownheritage.co.uk) which has always been linked to the camp because it housed many of the civilian workers there. I had dedicated a few sections on that website to RAF Cardington but it soon became apparent that the Camp deserved a wider platform to celebrate its history. Some of those pages are repeated here on this website where it has been deemed relevant.
Whilst beginning my research into the Station I quickly realised that this was a massive undertaking and would never be completed. I have only scratched the surface of many of the topics mentioned here but one has to start somewhere and I hope people will support this site by sending in their stories and photographs for everyone to enjoy.
I would also like to apologise to any RAF people out there if I have got anything wrong. I do not have an RAF background so am not familiar with some of the terminology used.
And finally if you have any memories of Cardington which you would like to share please make contact (details on the Contacts page).