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Report - RAF Uxbridge November 2013

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Matt Fellsilnet, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Matt Fellsilnet

    Matt Fellsilnet 28DL Full Member
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    Visited with Southside assassin, on November 2013

    The RAF Uxbridge site is very large and has a lot to offer for exploring. Spent a good few hours around the grounds and looking inside the towns buildings. Sadly the site is under demolition and some of the buildings have gone all ready.

    History on RAF Uxbridge

    RAF Uxbridge was a Royal Air Force (RAF) station in Uxbridge, within the London Borough of Hillingdon, occupying a 44.6-hectare (110-acre) site that originally belonged to the Hillingdon House estate. The British government purchased the estate in 1915, three years before the founding of the RAF. Until the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the station was open to the public.
    The station is best known as the headquarters of No. 11 Group RAF, which was responsible for the aerial defence of London and the south-east of England during the Battle of Britain. Hillingdon House served as the group's headquarters. A bunker, subsequently known as the Battle of Britain Bunker, was built nearby to house the 11 Group Operations Room, which controlled fighter squadrons operating within the group. The Operations Room was also responsible for providing air support during the evacuation of Dunkirk in May 1940 (Operation Dynamo) and the D-Day landings (Operation Overlord). It was here that Winston Churchill first said, "Never was so much owed by so many to so few", which he repeated in a speech to Parliament four days later.
    RAF Uxbridge closed on 31 March 2010 as part of a reduction in the number of Ministry of Defence properties in the Greater London area. Many of its remaining military units were relocated to nearby RAF Northolt the following day. Plans for redevelopment, consisting of a mixture of new residential and commercial properties and the retention of all listed buildings, were approved in January 2011.[1] A small part of the station incorporating the Battle of Britain Bunker retains the RAF Uxbridge name and is maintained by RAF Northolt.

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    Thanks for looking.
     
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  2. LutCelt

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    Sad to see such a lovely place is such a bad way! Now most of it has gone with the development of the new houses! I went there in 2007 with a cadet camp. Here are some images (only a few) from when I was there. Apologies for the quality of some of the images, it was 2007 and they were taken on a mobile phone!

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    The Sgt's Mess windows from outside.

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    The billiard room in the Sgt's mess

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    Doorway to the former Park House, used by Air Vice Marshal Sir Keith Park
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    as you can see, we had permission (I think).....

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    The buildings were in a major state of disrepair....

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    Hillingdon House from the Sgt's Mess

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    Hillingdon house

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    Sgt's Mess window from inside

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    The old cinema. I believe this is a listed building so may still be there.....
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    Entrance to Mons Block

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    Hope you have enjoyed!!
     

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  3. camoe

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    Looks cool - its crazy how quick the vandals move in..
     
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