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Report - RAF West Raynham - July 2015

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by AndyK, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. AndyK

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    Opening in May 1939, Royal Air Force West Raynham was used by RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War.

    RAF West Raynham was an expansion scheme airfield with a grass landing strip and a Fort-type lookout tower. The lookout tower was replaced with a “Control Tower for Very Heavy Bomber Stations” later in the war. The headquarters and accommodation blocks were built to the west of the landing area and bomb stores to the south-east.

    In 1943 two concrete runways were built to replace the grass landing strip. One runway was 1.8km and the other 1.3km in length. The housing on the base was also expanded at the same time, providing accommodation for 2,456 men and 658 women.

    The station had a Rapier missile training dome, in which a 180 degree simulation could be projected onto the inside of the dome to simulate flight in a fighter jet.

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    Many of the facilities were similar to those provided by the stations sister base RAF Kirton in Lindsey in Lincolnshire, including the training dome.

    The station closed in 1994 but was retained as a strategic resrve. The site laid derelict until the RAF decided it was surplus to requirements in 2006 and was sold to developers in 2007. Part of the site has been used as a new housing estate, and the land around the main runway is now a solar farm.

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    Station HQ

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    Accommodation Blocks

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    Sports Hall

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    Control Tower

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    Hangers and Rapier Dome

    The hangers are now in use by private businesses so we didn't go inside them.

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  2. clebby

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    Top banana, I love these 1940s buildings. There's an identical officers mess as well as several ancillary buildings at RAF Scampton that I've been meaning to check out as well.
     
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    Some really nice photos there :thumb
     
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    Excellent set of pictures @AndyK - thanks for sharing.
     
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    Great pictures @AndyK would love to visit this one.
     
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    Cracking set andy im yet to see this place but i will soon cracking report thank you
     
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