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Report - RAF Luffenham Live Fire Range Rutland July 2011

Discussion in 'Diehardlove' started by diehardlove, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. diehardlove

    diehardlove 1 of them cnuts off 28dsl
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    Went here with carl747 this is a live fire range and is 100 percent used as you can tell from the new buildings and brand new cratters :eek:
    RAF North Luffenham was a Royal Air Force station in Rutland, England, 1940 - 1998. It is near to the villages of Edith Weston and North Luffenham.

    The station was built as a training airfield, opening in 1940. It was later taken over by 5 Group of RAF Bomber Command as a heavy bomber base, and was expanded by the building of concrete runways later in the war. In 1951, the station was transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force to become the temporary home of 1 Fighter Wing, the first Canadian NATO base in Europe. 1 Wing moved to Marville, France in 1955.

    From 1959 to 1963, North Luffenham was home to PGM-17 Thor intermediate range ballistic missiles.

    In mid-1964 No.3 Ground Radio Servicing Squadron was transferred from RAF Norton, Sheffield, Yorkshire. No. 3GRSS was responsible for the third-line maintenance repair of all ground radar and radio communication/navigational and landing aids located at airfields throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    A unit of the RAF School of Aviation Medicine was also established in early 1960s - a very large then state-of-the-art decompression chamber was installed at this facility for aircrew experimentation and research purposes.

    From 1965 to 1997 part of the Joint Services Language School was based here. Russian-language graduates of the school were employed at radio monitoring stations located close to the USSR border in order to monitor Russian air-to-ground radio voice traffic during airborne interception/ border incursion etc. A plaque to commemorate the Language School was unveiled in 2005 by Air Commodore Bruce Benstead, the last Station Commander at RAF North Luffenham.[1] Recruits from RAF Swinderby competed their fieldcraft training at this base in the 80s and early 90s.

    Notable former rugby players from RAF North Luffenham include Sir Augustus Walker RAF & England Peter Larter Northampton & England and Martin Whitcombe Leicester Tigers & England 'B' international.

    The station was taken over by the British Army and renamed St George's Barracks. As an army base it has been home to battalions of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the King's Own Royal Border Regiment, (later 3rd Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment). In August 2007, 16th Regiment Royal Artillery relocated here from the Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich.

    When the RAF vacated the base, the pair of gates from the main entrance was donated to the village of North Luffenham. The gates were later erected at the entrance to the village recreation ground.

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    #1 diehardlove, Aug 6, 2011
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