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 No. 3 Radio School


Royal Air Force Compton Bassett





RAF Compton Bassett opened its gates in 1940, and was for a time, a recruit training station. In 1947, Telegraphist boy entrants were introduced to RAF Compton Bassett, where they did their eighteen month training in telegraphy

In 1950 a new trade structure was introduced for airmen and airwomen in ground trades. As a result Trade group eleven came into being, and was named as the "Ground Signalling Trade,"

In 1952, the Boy Entrants were transferred to RAF Cosford.

The following trades were taught at Compton Bassett. Wireless/Teleprinter operators, Teleprinter and cypher Mechanics,Tape Relay ops, Direction Finding ops, Teleg 2's, Teleg 1's,  telephonists, and Ground Wireless mechanics. Ground Radar Technician training was introduced at a later stage

This site is designed in a light hearted way to allow ex comptonites to join in and chat on the forums, post and share any old pix they have of that time they spent at Compton, or perhaps to link up with old friends from yesteryear. So if you wish to share a memory, or you have a few pics of your time at Compton, why not send them  to me, and I will post them on this site. I am available on the Contacts Page.

The Sparks lapel badge and the sparks tie are available to buy from IOLAIRE  a business run by Tez Watson. A link is shown on the LINKS  page for those of you who are interested, giving full details of prices and merchandise.

RAF Compton Bassett Lapel Badges are available for sale by Bill Hauxwell price 4.00 pounds plus fifty pence postage. To contact Bill, go to the RAF Yatesbury association website and click in merchandise, all the information needed to purchase is on there.


Compton from the Air



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CB early days.

Compton Bassett

RAF Compton Bassett was built in 1940 and training started on

21st December 1944. Its main function during the whole of its existence

was to train men and women in communication skills.

Initially it trained :

RAF Regiment Officers and O. R's in signaling,

RAF and WAAF Wireless Operator Slip Readers,

RAF and WAAF Ground Wireless Operators

RAF Telegraphist Wireless Operators.

In March 1945 a total of 77 trainees successfully passed out from the


By June 1945 there were 93 RAF and 13 WAAF Officers, 1256 RAF

and 429 WAAF Other Ranks under training. This presumably was the

peak wartime establishment as the war in Europe had ended and the

Station began to run down.

A large number of redundant aircrew were posted to the camp awaiting

demobilization and by all accounts were not well treated by the station.

In 1946 it amalgamated with No. 5 Radio School from Oxford,

It continued to train Wireless, Teleprinter and Telephone Operators up to

its closure in August 1964.

In September 1964 the Eastern side building were put up for auction and

the formal closure took place 18th September 1964.