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Royal Air Force - RAF Valley on Anglesey, in North Wales.

Royal Air Force Valley crest

Royal Air Force Valley crest.

RAF Valley, or `Valley Camp` as it is locally called has been a major part of Anglesey life since it was being built in 1939. During the building of the station the Celtic hoard of Llyn Cerrig Bach was discovered, and an amazing part of Anglesey's history was uncovered with it.

The station opened in 1941 and operated as a fighter base until 1943 flying mainly hurricanes, and from November 1941 Spitfires. Apart from its defence training role, as number 4FTS (Flying Training School) which it became during the 1950`s, the camp as a side product has supplied many a husband for Anglesey's young ladies. As a result there are many ex RAF who have stayed on Anglesey ever since. This webmaster is one of them.

In the early days, and right up to a few years ago, the camp was manned by predominantly Royal Air Force personnel, backed up by a good local workforce of `civvies`, employed by Babcock Defence Services. In the recent past this has changed, and now the camp is manned by a majority of civilian workers who have been trained to high skill levels. It is therefore accurate to state that the camp has also provided much needed work for Anglesey's population, and particularly in the case of the younger workers, experience and skills that will hold them in good stead for the rest of their lives.
RAF Valley is also the home of the 22 Squadron Search and Rescue Sea King helicopters, responsible for many lives being saved on Snowdonia and at sea. It is here that Prince William served as a search and resue pilot.

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