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Report - USAF Spanhoe

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Brother_Will, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. Brother_Will

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    Okay please be kind its my first "Report"

    Spanhoe was built between 1943-44 and remained in use by the USAF till 1945 it consisted of 3 airfields sited high above the surrounding countryside on a plateau. After the war it was used by the Crowland Gliding Club till parts of the upper airfield were broken up for use as gravel today the lower airfield is still in use for light aircraft and several of the original buildings still remain on this site however a large portion of the upper airfield still remains hidden by woodland and access roads between the airfields long gone, however access to the upper airfield is still quite easy a concrete access road remains between it and a road to the nearby village of Wakerly and indeed the road actually forms part of the local public rights of way network as a footpath (although still big enough for a car). I came across the airfield 2 years back when lost in the woods on my bike i came out into the clearing and soon found my bearings when i checked the OS map using the access road to get back to Wakerly there are still remains of some small buildings at this site but have long since fallen into disrepair and many are derelict and large portions of the original runways still exist.


    Upper Airfield Flash Earth


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    The access footpath is a bit of a trek uphill as you can see its the the original concrete road surface from the war.
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    At the top of the track there is a small bunker like structure, i didnt really stray off into the undergrowth as I hadnt come prepared it was kind of a spur of the momment thing on the way home.
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    See what i mean about hidden the Runway lays behind these trees....
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    hidden among the bushes is the remains of this large shed
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    And this small building in the trees
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    So how am i doing? should i post the rest? have i whet your appetities?
     

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  2. Brother_Will

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    I think there may be alot more buildings in the trees to the south as there are concrete roadways going off in all directions but unfortunately when i went the foliage was quite thick in the middle of summer so im planning on going back in the winter.

    Sorry my mistake that 3 runways not 3 airfields heres an overhead view taken in 1944
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    I will post some more up later unfotunately there all of what remains of the runways it really was spur of the moment you should have seen me trudging up that hill in my suit lol
     
  3. Brother_Will

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    Once in the clearing you can get an idea of how big this place once was

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    All among the trees and foliage there are dozens of concrete roads and paths and in places there are still remains of the original tarmac surfacing

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    In some bushes i found the remains of this old equipment

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