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Report - RAF Cheddington/RAF Marsworth Buckinghamshire Revisited - July 2014

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Rik UE, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. Rik UE

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    History​

    RAF Cheddington (also known as RAF Marsworth) is a former Royal Air Force station located 1 mile south-west of Cheddington, Buckinghamshire, England. The airfield was closed in 1952.
    Cheddington was used as a First World War aerodrome briefly during 1917. The airfield was closed after the armistice.
    During the Second World War, Cheddington Airfield opened in March 1942 as a satellite station to RAF Wing, with 26 Operational Training Unit, Vickers Wellington bombers (these had the codes "EU" on the aircraft sides).

    My Visit​

    Visited with Southside Assassin, nice boiling hot day after the ROC post

    I wanted to go back here as my first visit was interrupted by a business owner on site, and even though he was a nice enough chap I didn't get to see the extra parts like the explosives store with the massive door and the shelters that are on the site.

    Sadly the main hangar is on its last legs, the wall has collapsed since my last visit one side, it is only a matter of time before it all collapses, so if you want to see that again be quick!

    Also there is a bonus little few photographs at the end of this report, found a great bonus explore! Big red thing! :)

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    First Shelter​


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  2. Rik UE

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    Circular Shelter​

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    The bonus explore of the day!​


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    Thanks for looking!
     
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    top report mate, great set. and u captured that engine rather well. :thumb
     
  4. Fairdo's

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    Very nice m8....
     
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    very nice mate ,is the circular shelter not a pillbox of some sort ?
     
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    Love the WW2 stuff. What a shame I missed this last week when I visited Cheddington ROC.
     
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    Re Post #5 - Known as a Cantilevered pillbox for airfield defence. The cantilevered design allowed a 360 degree embrasure for all round defence against air landed troops at the expense of some protection. Weapons were mounted on a tubular rail for 360 degree traverse. The type is also known as an F.C. Type, Mushroom Type or Oakington Type.

    There are 53 examples of this type still extant

    Cantilevered Pillbox
     
  8. Rik UE

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    Thank you for the comments guys, I am just soo happy to get back to this place as it is falling apart quite quickly, nice to document it properly, once again thanks to SA for the day out :)

    Thanks Ordnance for clearing that up, I knew it wasn't called what I called it :)
     
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    i live not too far from this, seeing how its decaying so much, im deffinitely gonna visit asap! thanks
     
  10. Rik UE

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    I would as a lot of it has fallen down already and the rest in the next few years, maybe one possibly :)

    Don't forget the ROC post as well.
     
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    This place looks quality. Loving the Bunker's.
     
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    nice report, i like the machine gun bunker!
     
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