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Report - RAF Little Rissington, Gloucstershire - December 2014

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Goldie87, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. Goldie87

    Goldie87 28DL Regular User
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    RAF Little Rissington officially opened in 1938, comprising the domestic site and a grass airfield. During 1942, three asphalt runways were laid. Up to 1945 the station accommodated No.6 Service Flying Training School and No.8 Maintenance Unit RAF. On 21 October 1941 a RAF bus was in collision with a stationary lorry on the London Road, Charlton Kings, near Cheltenham. The bus caught fire and nine airmen were killed, as well as 12 others being injured. The men has been in Cheltenham for a night out and were on the way back to base when the crowded RAF bus hit a broken down lorry at shortly after 11pm.

    In 1946 the Royal Air Force Central Flying School moved to Little Rissington. The airfield also became the home to the RAF's aerobatics teams which included the Red Pelicans and later the Red Arrows. The airfield was expanded during this period, and a new fire station and control tower were built. After CFS's departure, the airfield was used by the Army, and with the arrival of the Royal Irish Rangers Little Rissington became "Imjin Barracks".

    With the arrival of the United States Air Force in Europe, Little Rissington became the largest military contingency hospital in Europe. The aerodrome was cleared for C-130 Hercules and C5 Galaxies. The USAF left Little Rissington in 1993 and it was handed back to the Royal Air Force. Little Rissington was identified as surplus to requirements in the Government's "Options for Change" package and the entire site was put up for sale. The domestic and main technical sites of the station were sold to a property developer and became a business park. At the end of 2011, the Upper Rissington Business Park owner Reland commenced the demolition of the main technical site. This demolition forms part of their future plans are to turn the technical site and former married quarters into an eco-town.

    Been meaning to get round to going here for years and finally did a few weeks ago. Bit of a personal one for me, as my grandad was stationed here for a few years during the second world war.

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    Now for some old photos from my grandads albums, apologies for the quality, they are a mix of old scans and phone pics of photos. The 1940's originals are much better! My grandad is the guy in the second photo. The last photo is the bus disaster funeral.

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  2. The Wombat

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    That is an excellent report Goldie :thumb
    looks a good place too
     
  3. Bigian88

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    Fascinating report man. The old photos really make it into something special
     
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    I'll have to get here before it's properly too late.
     
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    Interesting thread, always enjoy the stuff you lads turn up :thumb
     
  6. Mr Sam

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    liking that cockpit shot in the plane :thumb
     
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    Not far from me, but every time I've got up there something's stopped me. Might have a shufty.

    Thanks for posting your grandad's pics, really makes the report.
     
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    Really fascinating report Goldie. Would really like to feature this in the Gloucestershire Echo if possible.
    Let us know if that would be ok
     
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    I always enjoy 'Then & Now' shots in a report, and with a little effort it is sometimes nice to frame a comparison shot if the building still exists.

    Is the airfield still used by 637 Volunteer Gliding Squadron? who provide elementary flying training for Combined Cadet Force and Air Training Corps cadets. Plus the airfield was used by the forces as a relief landing ground, training area and parachute dropping zone as late as 2012 to my knowledge?

    RAF Little Rissington (airfield) is listed in the MoD CORE LOCATIONS, CORE SITES AND DISPOSAL LIST dated 2008 as a 'Core Site' to be retained till at least 2030

    http://webarchive.nationalarchives....tes.mod.uk/publications/dedp/DEDP_Annex_B.pdf
     
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