Thursday, August 24, 2017

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RAF Eastcote Commemorated

Pembroke Park was the focus of the local community this morning, as a commemorative plaque was unveiled to mark the history of the site as a former RAF Outstation.

The community turned out in force today to watch the mayor reveal the plaque, erected to inform residents and visitors of Pembroke Park's history.

Chris Groom, Chair of Eastcote Residents' Association, explained the history of the site as a strategic RAF base and an outstation of Bletchley Park, which is renowned for its code breaking efforts during WWII.

 The Worshipful Mayor, Cllr Catherine Dann then revealed the plaque, while serving members of the Royal Air Force and members of the Eastcote branch of the Royal British Legion laid wreaths as a fitting tribute and to mark armistice day, which took place 10 days before.

Pembroke Park's role during WWII was pivotal to enable the secret code, used by enemy forces to communicate, to be cracked. Known as HMS Pembroke V during wartime, the site housed hundreds of Wrens, who would utilise Bombe machines in association with Bletchley Park to decipher the codes created by the German Enigma Machine.

The plaque was installed as a joint effort by members of the Ruislip, Northwood & Eastcote History Society, The Eastcote Residents' Association and developers Taylor Wimpey. While they also played a significant role in ensuring the site's legacy was retained by suggesting the names of the roads and buildings which now occupy the site.

Members of Pembroke Park Residents' Association attended the unveiling and conveyed their thanks to all involved in the installation of this significant historical plaque.

To see more pictures of the event, please visit the Pembroke Park Residents' Association Facebook page.