Professional Development Centre, Cottesmore Close
was the Officers' Mess of RAF Peterborough where Number 7 Flying Training
School was established in 1936. The School trained pilots from Britain and
allied European countries, many of whom lost their lives in subsequent
operations during World War II. After the War, Westwood Airfield continued
in civil use as a base for a Royal Mail delivery service for East Anglia
using early helicopters. The School is still fully operational as an RAF
Flying Training Unit, now based at RAF Chivenor in Devon.