During World War Two, Sleap was a Bomber Command training base. From January 1944 it was used to train glider pilots for the airborne assaults of D-Day and Arnhem. Through the co-operation of the Shropshire Aero Club, the Wartime Aircraft Recovery Group operates a museum on the site. This all-volunteer group investigates crash sites and recovers and displays artifacts as a memorial to pilots that gave their lives operating in the Shropshire area during World War II. The displays include a number of aero engines, and a reconstruction of an airfield Flight Office. The location was previously known as the Wartime Aircraft Recovery Group Aviation Museum.
Sleap Aerodrome, south west of Wem, Shropshire. Wem is on the B5476 north of Shrewsbury, and Sleap can be reached from a ‘C’ road off the B5476.
Open Saturday and Sunday, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, from May to October. Other times by prior arrangement.
List of Aircraft Exhibits
|Displayed I.D.||Aircraft Type||Real Identity||Condition||Status|
|‘K7271’||Hawker Fury II||BAPC.148||Reproduction||Displayed|
|‘EN398’||Supermarine Spitfire IX||–||FSM||Displayed|
Notes: Percival Provost T.1 WW388 has left this location. Vickers F.B.5 replica ‘GBH-7’ has moved away.
WARG, 2 Fields View, Lodmore Lane, Burleydam, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 4BD.