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Report - RAF Upwood, Cambridgeshire, 2011

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by clareexplores, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. clareexplores

    clareexplores 28DL Full Member
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    Hi everyone, I just wrote a post introducing myself on the introductions part of the forum,. I am from Norwich, 24 years old. Have loved taking photos for about 10 years and recently have started to want to go on more explores and take photos of abandoned sites. Something about them really fuels my imagination but also do love to learn the true history of places, maybe this stems from my metal-detecting Father. Anyway I know that these photos are old now but here's my starting point. I have changed cameras since there were taken. Take care and have a great day, Clare[​IMG][/IMG]

    RAF UPWOOD,
    ABANDONED MILITARY BASE –
    Tried to condense the history down a little for you. The area dates back to 1917, where it was used by the Royal Flying Corps as a night landing station and a little later in 1918 a night-time training squad. These were disbanded in 1919. Moving onto 1936 the Royal Air Force took over the land and by 1937 had is first flying unit arrive. The Second World War saw bombing practice and air-to-air fighting. Upwood continued various activity including supporting anti-communist operations in Malaysia in 1954 and support of Operation Alacrity in 1956. By March 1964 Upwood was once again predominantly a training camp up until the late 70's where the place soon became dormant. In 1981 RAF Upwood was given to the control of the United States Air Force, providing housing and support services for personnel. The end of the Cold War arrived in 1991 and by 1995 Upwood was returned back to the British government. The need for housing reduced as there were fewer airmen. The last USAF family moved out in 2005 and it was back to MOD ownership. There was a medical wing however this became disused in 2013 and is now making way for private housing.

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  2. norfolkexplorer

    norfolkexplorer av u seen my marbels
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    Nice 1st report :)
     
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