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Report - RAF Davidstow Moor, Bodmin, Cornwall

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Deadfall, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. Deadfall

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    RAF Davidstow Moor was an airbase at Davidstow near Camelford in Cornwall, United Kingdom from late 1942 until 1945. Despite a few periods of intense activity it was one of Coastal Command's less-used airfields.

    The land was acquired in 1941 and a three-runway airfield with extensive dispersal area was constructed in the first half of 1942. Despite the moorland conditions construction was reasonably straightforward, although it did involve the removal of various field boundaries the closure of minor roads and some drainage work.

    The airfield was closed in December 1945 to become a motor racing circuit, known as Davidstow Circuit. In the early 1950s three Formula One races were held there (the Cornwall MRC Formula 1 Races) including the first success for the Lotus marque.

    (Archive Arial Picture)

    It was a glorious day, but as it is in Cornwall after all, a lingering haze kept the signal tower in a near constant blur. Unable to get the landscape shot that I really wanted, we drove up to the shell that was the old signal box that has now become a glorified sheep pen.

    The Outside (that had the least glare from the sun)
    The Doorway
    Main Corridor
    The adjoining room opposite the stairs- just out of shot, the remains of a mattress
    Largest room on the ground floor
    The Stairs
    The Largest Room on top floor- can only assume it was main room in the building
    Couldn't find any old posters or signs so...

    Apologies in advance for the mass of over-exposure in the windows, try as I might, I couldnt sort it out without the main focus of the images being too dark

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