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    Default Ternhill or Tern Hill?

    Which is correct. RAF Tern Hill or RAF Ternhill, or even RAF Tern Hill in the village of Ternhill or vice versa?
    The ORB of 5SFTS uses the term RAFTern Hill but also uses Ternhill when listing event on the airfield.
    Google and Google Maps has both. raf.mod.uk and MOD uses Tern Hill.
    www.controltowers. and transportcafe.co.uk uses Ternhill!
    I guess I might be answering my own question here.

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    Motherbird,
    Current OS maps use "Ternhill". Therefore (3 dots!) Ternhill is the correct spelling. If the RAF/Army/MoD have used different spellings in the past they might have been locally 'in use' at the time, but I suppose both spellings will get you to the right place (Google will accept either!).
    But I would accept the word of Ordnance Survey over that of Google!
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    Default Ternhill

    G'day Motherbird


    R.A.F. Station Ternhill
    Postal Address: Ternhill, Market Drayton, Shropshire
    Telegraphic Adress: Aeronautics, Market Drayton
    Telephone Number: Market Drayton 2213/3

    No. 24 Maintenance Unit
    Postal Address: Stoke Heath, Market Drayton, Shropshire
    Telegraphic Address: Rafmain, Market Drayton
    Telephone Number: Market Drayton 2217/8/9

    Cheers...Chris

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    G'day again.

    Forgot to post the source: It is a wartime Air Ministry publication.

    'Geographical Index of R.A.F. Units' October, 1944 (Amended to SEPTEMBER), 23rd 1944)

    Cheers...Chris

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    Hi Motherbird,

    i have seen it spelt both ways in many documents, but i would go with Tern Hill, which is how i spell it in my research and consider to be correct. Rather confusingly despite OS spelling it as one word on the maps, the road sign when i drove through it three hours ago has Tern Hill and local businesses also spell it Tern Hill (http://www.ternhillhallhotel.co.uk/). All the ORB's i have for the various units stationed there also spell it Tern Hill in the title pages, front pages etc (24 MU, 10 SFTS, 5 SFTS, HQ No 9 Group, 131 Sqn, 306 Sqn, 6 FTS, CFS etc etc) although they then may also spell it 'Ternhill' in the text later on (and i've even seen 'Turnhill')!

    The name refers to the River Tern (which runs adjacent to the airfield) and grammatically i would say that 'Tern Hill' is correct as it refers to the hill bearing the name of the river.

    Anyway, hope all that makes sense, i'm pretty shattered after a long day and rambling a bit!

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakota View Post
    'Geographical Index of R.A.F. Units' October, 1944 (Amended to SEPTEMBER), 23rd 1944)
    Cheers...Chris
    Seems even RAF official documents could not agree on presentation of the name:

    The Geographical Index to Home Units in the RAF's Air Force List of March 1939 has Tern Hill.

    Google on the other hand brings up about 260,000 Ternhill but only 16,000 for Tern Hill.

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    AHHH!!!
    Thanks to all

    I think I will go with the ORB of 5 SFTS and use RAF Tern Hill but maybe slip in the odd Ternhill just to please those who feel it should be spelt that way!

    motherbird

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    Default RAF Tern Hill

    I have been sent a copy of the programme for a 1965 RAF "At Home" there which spells it as Tern Hill, and Group Captain E.W. Deacon D.S.O, D.F.C., A.F.C., spells it as Tern Hill in the programme foreword - so I shan't argue with him.
    However, having said that, a retired RAF officer took me to task for spelling it as two words in my Shropshire airfields book!

    hellcat1839

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