You are Heinz Beanz, a top secret German spy and your mission is to discover and report back on the British WW2 airfields of North Shropshire. As a spy, you will naturally be well versed in the recognition of British WW2 aircraft and have a smattering of morse code under your belt - you never know when you might need these skills!
To complete your mission, you will need to find a total of 13 caches, all near old WW2 airfields in North Shropshire. The caches are split between Yellow ("elevated"), Orange ("high") and Red ("severe") alert levels. The Yellow level caches give you the details needed to find the Orange level caches, which in turn give you the details to find the Red level final cache of the series.
This cache is on Yellow alert level and is one of the caches needed to find the Orange level caches and contains the north co-ordinates for Behind Enemy Lines - High Ercall. We've included a chart which sets out the series and can be used to track your progress round the series.
Welcome to RAF Sleap. Sleap was opened as a satellite airfield to RAF Tilstock in January 1943. Regular flying began in April of that year with Whitleys of 81 Operational Training Group. The role of the airfield was to train bomber crews - this was extended in early 1944 to training of crews for glider towing. The Whitleys were used to tow the Horsa gliders up into the air. Other types of aircraft seen at Sleap were Wellingtons, Ansons and Oxfords.
In the summer of 1943 the control tower was run into by bombers twice in the space of a few days. In the second incident a Whitley bomber hit the tower while taking off and burst into flames. Seven people died, including two WAAF girls, who are rumoured to haunt the control tower to this day.
Today the airfield is home to the Shropshire Aero Club (of which we are members!) with the main activity being pilot training and the flying of private light aircraft. Helicopters from nearby RAF Shawbury also visit frequently for pilot training. The old wartime airfield is very well preserved, with many of the original buildings still in use and all the runways and taxiways in place - some are now quite overgrown though. Parts of two of the old runways are still used.
The cache is to be found close to the road into the airfield. Please park considerately so you don't block the road as it's in use all the time..
To visit the airfield itself, carry on along the road past the cache and turn left as signed to the airfield - you can park your car by the control tower. The cafe and bar on the first floor of the control tower is recommended. Here is a map showing where the runways used to be.