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Report - RAF Upwood - Dec 15

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by ledgehammer, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. ledgehammer

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    RAF Upwood is a former Royal Air Force station in Cambridgeshire, England. The base us operated by USAF from 1981 until it’s closure in 1994.

    In 1917, during WW1 the Royal Flying Corps requisitioned 160 acres of farmland. The base opened later that year as Bury (Ramsey), the station was initially used as a satellite site and night-landing ground by No. 75 Squadron flying BE.2 aircraft out of Elmswell.

    Initially there were no permanent buildings, but by 1918 a number of huts and several large hangers had been built. The station was then renamed to Upwood. A few squadrons became based at Upwwod until the end of the war when they were disbanded. The site was handed back to the local community.


    During WW2 the squadrons based at Upwwod were merged to form the No. 17 Operational Training Unit and were tasked with training aircrews. The site was the target of Luftwaffe bombing raids on two occasions which resulted in one death.

    In February 1941 a German spy named Josef Jakobs was discovered by a farmer, after he parachuted into the area resulting in a broken leg. He was found to have maps of RAF Upwood, a code device and £500 in his possession. He was interrogated by MI5 and spent several months at Dulwich hospital before being put on trial. He was found guilty of treachery and was executed by firing squad at the Tower of London

    By 1981 the site had become almost dormant, so the decision was made to lease it to the United States Air Force. This begun a whole new round of activity at Upwwod, which became a satellite site of near-by RAF Alconbury.

    The site was handed back to MoD in 1994 who closed the site. The buildings remain, although they are now completely stripped. The site has been sold for development; the hangers and runways now in private use.

    Today the site is slowly being demolished for housing to be built

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    Having explored this place before and having a decent cat and mouse game with a guy in a van, which ended when dogs were bought into the equation and being told that weekdays are fine for visits, but not dog training weekends ;-) we returned to sadly see the medical centre demolished, although this didn't concern Vince too much, who was more interested to see the tanks..

    There really isn't a lot left here, and without the medical centre, it has little appeal apart from the tanks - here is the "State of Decay" at Upwood...

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    regards from Vince and the team, vid to follow...
     
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    Good pics, none from inside the tank?
     
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    Really nice report is this.

    I'm a big fan of the style of old military buildings.
     
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    Cool set tbh, there was nothing really worth seeing inside the medical centre anyway. It is all about the tanks tho yeah.
     
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    Cheers
    We had a good poke around - was amusing spinning around on the circular plate, the mechanism is broken to the turret, you can move it by hand but not by wheel although it gives a slight jolt - chuffed with the tank, some vid footage to come :-)
     
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    I need to pay a visit here. The fact that I now know you can aim the tank yourself makes it all the more appealing ☺
     
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