Date: Tuesday 27 January 2015
Historic military signage discovered at our forthcoming Pine Trees development in High Wycombe has been handed back to the local community.
The former RAF Daws Hill site was the nerve centre for the United States Army Air Force’s European bombing campaign during the Second World War. High Wycombe Air Station, as it was known, also played a major role in the Cold War and was variously run by the USAF and then the US Navy. For around 45 years it was also a school campus for the dependent children of US Military personnel.
The sign, which dates back to the Cold War, was salvaged at the start of demolition works to prepare the Daws Hill site for the construction of 441 new homes.
A formal handover ceremony took place on Wednesday 21st January when our representatives presented the sign to Cllr Lesley Clarke OBE, Chairman of Wycombe District Council.
The event was also attended by author Sean Kelly, who used to be based at USAF Daws Hill and has written about the US military presence in the UK. He was part of the team, also including Cllr Clarke, which discovered the sign during a walk-through of the base late last year. He also attended the school and worked at the base over the years.
The council plans to display the sign at the new community centre to be built at Pine Trees, along with an information plaque explaining its historical significance.
Emma Jones, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey West London, says: “We are proud to have played a part in preserving a piece of the fascinating history of Daws Hill and are delighted to hand this sign over to the council.
“We look forward to seeing it on display in the new community centre at Pine Trees to remind future generations of the unique heritage of this site.”
Pine Trees lies a mile south of High Wycombe town centre, and enjoys a tree-lined setting neighbouring Wycombe Abbey School on the edge of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The development will include a village centre with convenience store, community centre and bus hub, as well as a primary school, an Air Training Corps facility and employment space.