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Report - RAF Bicester - Feb 2011

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by gibexplorer, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. gibexplorer

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    Ok this was the main reason me Rossco22 and Nickvinnie went out, Lear corp was just a trial run really.

    There's lots of history with RAF Bicester dating back to 1911.
    It was used for Bristol Fighters returning from France in WW1 and was then closed from 1920 to 1925 when it was re-developed into a bomber station.
    With the onset of WW2 Bicester became home to 4 squadrons of the Bristol Blenhiem bomber, Spitfires and Avro Anson support aircraft, collectively called the No1 camouflage Unit, they were used as training aircraft with no operational missions flown. Throughout WW2 Bicester was home to a varied collection of aircraft which were mainly all for training.Wiki reports that Bicester was used for several successful glider missions into Germany
    The airfield was used after the war for maintenance to salvage/repair damaged aircraft then the RAF stopped using Bicester in a military capacity in 1976 but continued to train servicemen in the gliders.
    The airfield is now home to Windrushers Gliding Club.

    With so many buildings this was a nice explore, unfortunately most of the buildings had some form of damage from fire or vandalism and almost anything interesting had gone. There are still a few buildings that we didn't get access to and are left to explore another day.

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    pics below for buildings 1,2,3,4,5,6&7
    Buildings 8,9,10&11 were either inaccessible or too risky to try on our visit
    Building 12 was even less interesting being just a large storage building with a leaky roof!

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    Building 5 is just an empty hangar but with this in the toilets

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    Building 6 was a much more modern building which was just separated into offices and really wasn't worth any photos. It had a basement but it was over a foot deep in water and locked.

    Building 7 is a pumping station with crates of bottled water in it with expiry dates of sep 2012. ???

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    Building 8 looks like another hangar but has been freshly boarded up so could be interesting
    Building 9 is the one we want to get into next, the massive metal doors were on rollers, well seized by now, locked and then welded shut, the imagination starts to work away.

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    Buildings 10&11 were just too close to the road to attempt access although it looked more than easy, one for next time.

    Constructive comments welcome, thanks for looking
     
    #1 gibexplorer, Feb 9, 2011
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