After the end of the Airship programme the building once again came into prominence as it played its part in the Second World War. Now known as RAF Cardington* the site had many purposes serving as a Balloon Unit and recruitment and later demob centre handling hundreds of thousands of people passing through the RAF. Many people who worked here at this time still refer to the building as Station Headquarters.
However it is perhaps testament to those families who originally took up residence back in 1917 and remained in Shortstown for many years after that the building is still known as The Shorts Building.
*Very little is known of the function and roles of the people who worked here in these years - if you can help in any way with my research into RAF Cardington please make contact. Thank you.