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The site of RAF Cranage is now farmed but the owner kindly gave me permission to wander around the fields to look at some of the remains. The building in the photo above was the detonator store. Note the bomb blast walls protecting the doors. The runways were in the fields just beyond in this view.
This excellent website by Craig Singleton, RAF Cranage has lots of photos, stories and diagrams about the air base.
For a time RAF Cranage was home to 96 Squadron – night fighters defending Liverpool and Manchester against Luftwaffe attacks in Hurricanes and Boulton-Paul Defiants.
Below; artwork of a 96 Sqn Defiant night fighter from Wings Palette
Below an unusual pill box
Interior of the pill box.
The pilots of the 96 Sqn Defiants mentioned in the two photos below were New Zealanders.
Crash site of a Junkers 88 which was shot down by a 96 Squadron Defiant based at RAF Cranage, though the claim was apparently disputed with the crew of a Defiant from 256 Squadron at RAF Squire’s Gate.
Crash site of Boulton-Paul Defiant above the Derwent Valley. The 96 Squadron crew safely bailed out when their Defiant developed engine trouble.