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Report - RAF Gamston, Notts, February 2016

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by HughieD, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    Past this place so many times while driving along the A1 so decided to have a mooch round it. These buildings are the Airfield & Technical Site part of the old RAF Gamston WW2 aerodrome. They are sandwiched in-between the A1 and an industrial park. The aerodrome itself is still open and is further to the east. Easy access to this place. Explored one lovely February morning with non-member GazzaM. Here’s the history bit:

    Gamston was originally an RAF aerodrome with 3 runways in a triangular configuration (as mentioned above one of which only one remains in common usage). It came into service in December 1942 as part of the RAF Training Command as well as being a 'satellite' to RAF Ossington. In May 1943 the field was transferred to 93 Group, Bomber Command Training. In June later in the year No. 82 Operational Training Unit arrived with Wellington Mk. III and Mk. X bombers and Hawker Hurricanes. A year later the unit became No. 86 Operational Training Unit with a new role; night training for Wellington bomber crews.

    By October 1944, Gamston was transferred to No. 7 Group, Bomber Command. A month later No. 3 Aircrew School transferred from RAF Shepherds Grove.
    The end of the war saw the disbanding of No. 3 Aircrew School and the arrival of No. 30 Operational Training Unit transferred from Hixon, Staffordshire with more Wellington bombers. After the end of World War II all training ceased and the airport was closed.

    In May 1953 the airport was reopened as a satellite for nearby RAF Worksop and 211 Advanced Flying School was based there, flying Gloster Meteors and de Havilland Vampires. The airport is today owned and operated by Gamston Aviation Limited which purchased the operation in July 1993.

    Airfield & Technical Site: Bdg No. 64, Surface Air Raid Shelter:

    24856859316_0d4b475005_b.jpg img3510 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Airfield & Technical Site: Bdg No. 84;

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    24256202963_51d1233503_b.jpg img3519 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Airfield & Technical Site: Bdg No. 16, Squadron Office:

    25117129486_8bfcd9386a_b.jpg img3721 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    24883187795_670989a918_b.jpg img3521 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Unknown building:

    24587560350_919b896963_b.jpg img3520 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    24847397730_9ca0b254cd_b.jpg img3719 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    25024835242_c75c439466_b.jpg img3718 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Airfield & Technical Site: Bdg. No. 90, A.M. Bombing Teacher

    24847751220_f7e091ab79_b.jpg img3694 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Ivy claiming-back this unidentified building:

    25025192482_5fdef24670_b.jpg img3693 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Was this really the potato store?

    25025136522_88c5e22968_b.jpg img3695 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    More unidentified buildings:

    25143361295_447404bbee_b.jpg img3696 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    24775642769_7741233456_b.jpg img3698 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Ivy at the door…

    24775613449_a0b930855a_b.jpg img3703 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Ivy at the window…

    24516378723_ed20fa2cb7_b.jpg img3710 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    24775586849_5a4009b0c4_b.jpg img3704 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Very slow moving…

    24512534984_11550e5b89_b.jpg img3711 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Rusting old van:

    24512503784_fea23284f1_b.jpg img3712 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Rusting farm machinery porn:

    24516299533_89c1376807_b.jpg img3715 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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  2. Dieselkid 63

    Dieselkid 63 28DL Full Member
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    There's so much interesting stuff along the A1, or used to be before they widened it. I can't remember where but somewhere between York and Durham was a little rail graveyard of Class 47's and Mk2 coaches, miles from a railway. Think they've gone now though.
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