Aircrew Pubs - WW2

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I know there have been a couple of topics over the years that addressed this, but I spent the last year consolidating a lot of research and built an interactive map that documents the pubs used by the RAF and the USAAF during WW2.  It groups them into pubs that are still active and those that have closed.  I think it is fairly comprehensive, though I have about 20 more to add in the coming weeks.  I thought it might be interesting to people here.

If there are any I missed please let me know. Also, I am really looking for stories about the social and pub life of aircrew personnel. If you have any you would like to share, please pass them on.  

Website is here:

www.ww2pubs.com

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A couple you can add for RAF Hartford Bridge/Blackbushe. The Cricketers on Cricket Hill Yateley. The Cricket pitch and other open land  in front of the pub became a domestic site in 1942. It was very popular as the pub remained open. I don't think cricket has been played there since?  Other one was The Anchor, Vigo Lane Yateley. This was on the way between the base and many of the billets in the village. It did have lots of photos from the airport the 40's and 50's but these dissapeared in the early 2000's during a refurb.

 

Rob

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Sadly the Startled Saint, West Malling is due for imminent demolition to make way for housing. Another piece of this countries rich aviation heritage gone. Guy Gibson, among others used to drink there when he was based at West Malling. 

Old Towzer.

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That's tragic.  I knew that it was closed, but no idea that it was to be demolished.  One of the downers working on this project has been how frequently I would read about a truly fascinating pub, start researching it, and discover it was recently turned into housing or knocked down.