It’s Magna Park - in a previous life!

Where the airfield would have been, on top of Magna Park.
Where the airfield would have been, on top of Magna Park.

The ghostly form of the World War Two Bitteswell Airfield seems to loom through the mist at Magna Park near Lutterworth.

This picture was created to show how the historic airfield would have fitted the landscape now occupied by the distribution centre.

A memorial to honour Bitteswell Airfield and the personnel and units who served there is to be erected at Magna Park.

The Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust (ABCT) worked with the owners of Magna Park, IDI Gazeley, to secure planning permission for the granite stone to be erected at the e​ntrance to the park.

The memorial will be placed in the central reservation of Hunter Boulevard. A date for the unveiling will be announced shortly.

Gwyn Stubbings of IDI Gazeley said: “We are tremendously aware of Magna Park’s proud history as an airfield and were really pleased to help when the ABCT came to us with a proposal to mark the many thousands of servicemen and women who worked and flew here.”

Kenneth Bannerman, founder of the ABCT, said: “We are delighted to be able to mark Bitteswell Airfield and all who served there with one of our memorial stones.”

Bitteswell Airfield is regarded as an important site in British military and aviation history.

During the Second World War it was a base for bombing missions.

In the post-war years it became an important aircraft final assembly and maintenance centre. At one stage it was also the maintenance base for the Red Arrows.

Many of the roads in Magna Park are now named after famous aircraft.