RAF Defford at Croome

During the Second World War and the Cold War years that followed, RAF Defford the secret airfield built in the grounds of Croome park, was one of the most secret places in the country. For it was at Defford that Airborne Radar was tested, developed and proven. Airborne Radar provided a decisive factor in Victory for the Allies.

Poster displays in RAF museum

RAF Defford museum at Croome 

Discover the secrets of the Second World War airbase wartime buildings which are now our Visitor Centre and museum.

 Meteor WD686 at Farnborough

Meteor WD686 returns to Croome 

The restored forward fuselage, nose and cockpit of the 'last plane to fly out of RAF Defford' over 60 years ago will be making a 90 mile journey by road to return to the National Trust Croome on 28 August.

Wendy Hogarth Wedding closeup

RAF Defford a wartime romance 

A story of wartime romance at RAF Defford

The RAF Defford Walk booklet

RAF Defford guided walk 

Join our tour guide who will show you where during the Second World War, a substantial part of Croome Park was requisitioned for the building of a large military airfield, known as RAF Defford.