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Report - RAF Newton, Notts.

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Oxygen Thief, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. Oxygen Thief

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    Visited with The Riddlers, Zippy, Stumpy, Disco, Dweeb, Turkey and Raddogextreme.

    Got busted as soon as we arrived. We then took a walk up to the base, where we got split up thanks to security inconsiderately driving around. I split over a field with Stumpy and we made our way to the hangars and control tower. The pictures aren't great but I was hiding at the time...

    We made our way back through dozens of barracks and stores, through the naafi building which was just massive, then got lost.

    A great site with a suprisingly lame unaccomplished history...

    "It was an expansion scheme airfield built in 1938 to the usual pattern with four Type C hangars fronting the bombing circle with a fifth hangar tucked in behind that on the eastern side. The technical administrative and barrack buildings were of brick construction with flat roofs, most with central heating. During 1940-41, a total of 24 pan aircraft standings were put down, 18 on the south side of which all but four were connected to three taxiway tracks, and six on the north side where three were linked to a hard track. Later the number of standings was raised to 35. Grass runways were established as 07-25 at 1,230 yards, and 13-31 and O1-19 both at 770 yards.

    In June 1940 Newton was one of the stations assigned to No. 1 Group when it gathered its battered Battle squadrons together after their mauling in France. Nos. 103 and 150 Squadrons arrived at the airfield in July and made the occasional night foray over occupied Holland during following weeks until re-equipped with Wellingtons in October. Thus endowed, attacks on German targets were pursued until July 1941 when No. 103 went to Elsham Wolds and No. 150 to Snaith. The move was occasioned by more suitable bomber airfields and the decision to turn Newton over to training activities. At this time Newton was able to accommodate 1,773 males and 304 females. This marked the end of Bomber Command's operational use of the station, a year in which one Battle and 15 Wellingtons had been lost.

    For the next five years No. 16 (Polish) Service Flying Training School provided basic and advanced training for the hundreds of Polish airmen serving with the RAF, the unit only being disbanded in October 1946. Although various training activities continued, the station then became the headquarters of No. 12 Group, Fighter Command, In 1958 Technical Training Command took over and several ground schools followed during the `sixties and `seventies. Flying continued by the East Midlands University Air Squadron with Bulldog aircraft and the civilian operated Slingsby Fireflies on behalf of RAF Cranwell. In 1996 part of the camp was sold and the airfield closed in November 2000."

    (quoted from http://www.raf.mod.uk/bombercommand/s75.html )

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  2. turkey

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    Easily my favourite picture of the Evening!

    loving my new camera soo much...

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    Nice Pics!

    Did you guys get in the club???

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  4. NoW

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    did a little recon around the back of the site today. on the road which goes to radcliffe theres some little bunker type mounds visable from the road which look easy to get too depending on where the security is. Also had a look at the main gate where theres several footpaths but im sure they will be watching the main entrance and the 46 entrance. Theres a gate on the road that goes around the back which could be useful, have included pics :)

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  5. Simon Taylor

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    Re: RAF Newton, Notts. REPORT

    A couple of pics taken today 20/07/06

    Control tower, with ancillary building on left and former fire tender shed on right!

    Second pic was taken in fron of the old ident square!
     
  6. Simon Taylor

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    BEHOLD!!!!!

    Best I could do was a shot through the windows, the doors are locked and it looks like they're renovating the place.

    First pic, downstairs front office. Second, upstairs control room. Last, a view accross the grass airfield from the top balcony.
     
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