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Report - RAF Upwood, Huntingdon - July 15

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by 1nk4, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. 1nk4

    1nk4 28DL Regular User
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    History

    First World War
    The Royal Flying Corps requisitioned 160 acres (0.65 km2) of farmland near the village of Upwood in 1917. In September of that year the station opened as Bury (Ramsey). This initial name referred to its location near the village of Bury and the larger market town of Ramsey. Initially there were no permanent flying units assigned to the station. Instead, No. 75 Squadron flying BE.2 aircraft out of nearby Elmswell, Suffolk used the station as a night-landing ground and satellite field.

    Upon opening, there were no permanent buildings at the airfield. By the summer of 1918 a number of huts and five hangars were in place. It was during this time that the field was renamed Upwood.

    In July 1918, No. 191 (Night) Training Squadron moved to Upwood. In addition to BE.2s, 191 NTS also flew the DH.6. Whilst at Upwood they converted to the FE.2b.

    In October 1918, No. 190 (Night) Training Squadron arrived flying the 504K.

    After the end of the Great War First World War in November 1918, the squadrons were no longer needed and were disbanded in May and June 1919. The airfield itself was returned to the local community and the buildings cleared. This ended the first round of activity at RAF Upwood.

    The Inter-War years
    In the early 1930s, Britain realised its air defence capabilities were in urgent need of expansion. The major expansion of the Royal Air Force announced in 1934 resulted in many new airfields opening over the remainder of the decade. One of these was RAF Upwood. The old First World War airfield site was selected to be reactivated and expanded. The new station was designed to accommodate two medium bomber squadrons with room for a third. By 1936, construction had begun in earnest with two of five C-type hangars started.

    On 27 February 1937 the first flying unit arrived at Upwood in the form of No. 52 Squadron RAF flying Hawker Hinds. This unit was joined on 1 March 1937 by No. 63 Squadron and its Hawker Audaxes.

    During their time at Upwood, No 52 and 63 Squadrons became training units and took on both Fairey Battle and Avro Anson aircraft. In August and September 1939, the two squadrons were reassigned opening the field up to its new tenant, No. 90 Squadron flying Bristol Blenheims.

    Second World War
    With the invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939, Second World War was underway. However No 90 Squadron spent most of its time in air-to-air firing and bombing practice. They were joined in February 1940 by another medium bomber unit, No. 35 Squadron, flying both Blenheims and Ansons.

    Both Upwood squadrons were not destined to see front-line combat as, on 8 April 1940, they were merged into the new No. 17 Operational Training Unit RAF and tasked with training aircrews.

    Although the Upwood units were not taking a direct part in the war, they did see some action. On two occasions in 1940 and once in 1942 the airfield was attacked by Luftwaffe aircraft. However, only one person was killed during these raids.

    On 1 February 1941 a German spy, Josef Jakobs, was captured by farmers after he had parachuted into the area, breaking a leg in the process.[1] He was discovered to have maps of the RAF Upwood area, a code device and almost £500 cash in his possession.[2] Jakobs was sent to London where, after a preliminary interrogation by MI5, he spent several months at Dulwich Hospital.[3] Jakobs was transferred to Camp 020 in April 1941 where he was interrogated by agents of MI5.[4] On August 4 and 5, Jakobs was tried by court-martial at the Duke of York's Headquarters where he was found guilty of treachery.[5] Jakobs was executed by firing squad at the Tower of London on 15 August, 1941.[6]

    Since its opening in 1937, Upwood had seen frequent periods where flying operations had to be curtailed or halted altogether due to the grass airfield being unserviceable. This unserviceability was caused by the levels of rain and general dampness of the area. When No 17 OTU was chosen for transition to Vickers Wellington bombers, it was decided to move the unit from Upwood as the field would never take the pounding from these heavier aircraft. When 17 OTU departed for RAF Silverstone in April 1943, Upwood was left with no aircraft. The RAF took this opportunity to begin construction of three concrete runways. These runways were completed by October.

    The first flying unit to use the new runways at Upwood was No 139 Squadron[7]





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  2. Cuuvin

    Cuuvin 28DL Colonial Member
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    :cool:ooooo ... my eyes ....;) better hope @ACID- REFLUX doesn't pop by .... :D
     
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  3. 1nk4

    1nk4 28DL Regular User
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    man if people wanna hate on my photo's, that i took on the shittiest digital camera and then tried to make them look nice for myself on free editing software on a mac, then crack on...... urban exploring, such a friendly society
     
  4. Cuuvin

    Cuuvin 28DL Colonial Member
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    Simmer down mate ... HDR has it's place ... & intensity ...:eek: . Your pictures are fine, it's just that maybe post straight photos on here & the HDR on other forums. as stated , this is not a photo forum. The Administrator has requested that HDR be kept to a bare minimum as reiterated here: //www.28dayslater.co.uk/new-members-info-part-1-of-2.t97307
    when you do something that's been said is a no-no , ya got to expect some form of ribbing, flak, ... etc.
    Alternative is post gets whacked, then you.
    Take it in stride, does the post really mean that much in light of what's going on in this world??

    Your choice ...

    p.s. That attitude really stinks, like the dead carcass of a water buffalo rotting in the hot summer sun ... it's gonna attract the vultures ... matey
     
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  5. 1nk4

    1nk4 28DL Regular User
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    sorry bro, i dont even know what HDR is, you're right, i should of handled that better
     
  6. Cuuvin

    Cuuvin 28DL Colonial Member
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    K.
    HDR = High Dynamic Range. google for more info. Can also be a result of ..... " BANG ALL THE SLIDERS TO THE RIGHT !!!! " syndrome, it's also known as "HDAAAAAaaaaargghhh" to our more sensitive members :D

    that new member info part one was basically cut and pasted from the old FAQs, so it's been around for a bit
     
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    Not bad report and pics really but you should get rid of all them Wiki links!!!! ;)
     
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    I believe RAF Upwood was used for a while by the US Airforce as a holding prison and they planned to use it as a hospital during the Iraq war along with RAF Little Rissington. Anyone got any more info?
     
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