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Report - RAF Sculthorpe, Norfolk, September 2016

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by HughieD, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    The Explore:

    It was an up early and short drive to this place. In some ways it reminds me of RAF Nocton in terms of the vastness of the site plus all of the corridors. I was blessed with nice weather so I parked up and looked for a way in. At first it looked pretty well fenced off then I found a big whole in the fence and we were in. The place was incredibly quiet and peaceful to the point of it being unnervingly so but all-in-all a very enjoyable explore.

    The History:

    RAF Sculthorpe is a MOD military training facility just west of Fakenham in Norfolk. Home to many visiting airmen and support crews of the RAF and United States Air Force (USAF), the MOD retained the airfield in 1997 but sold the entire technical, domestic and administrative site to The Welbeck Estate Group.

    Work began on RAF Sculthorpe in the spring of 1942 and was laid out as a standard RAF heavy bomber airfield with concrete runways, dispersals site, mess facilities and accommodation. In May 1943 the first squadrons started to arrive including one from the Free French Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force (SQ no. 487) and Royal Australian Air Force (SQ no. 464). Mosquito’s followed in September 1943. In January 1944 Royal Air Force No. 214 Squadron RAF moved in with Boeing Flying Fortress. n April 1944 its squadrons moved on leaving it empty for redevelopment as a Very Heavy Bomber Base. Work was completed until the spring of 1946. After a quiet period the base sprung back into use in the early 50’s in response to the Soviet cold war threat. NATO decided to expand their tactical nuclear force by introducing the North American B-45 Tornado to the UK, stationing about 100 of these four-engined jet bombers there.

    As mentioned above, in the mid 1990s the entire technical and domestic site was sold to The Welbeck Estate Group by Defence Estates, including a large number of single storey "tobacco houses". After refurbishment the housing estate was renamed "Wicken Village" and the houses were sold off. The remaining technical site including barrack blocks, post exchange, church, guardroom, gymnasium and community centres were sold to a single purchaser and there is now a fledgling industrial park.

    The airstrip area remains in military hands as an army helicopter training area and is currently being used by the USAF 352nd SOG based at RAF Mildenhall as an area to perform low flying, airdrops, and rescue and recovery mission training.

    The first block I came to:

    29507456615_0ea4cdce8a_b.jpg img7260 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Viewed from outside the site:

    29398849632_64e19443af_b.jpg img7261 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    29473383036_b5b1c86f14_b.jpg img7262 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    29398768502_e576884211_b.jpg img7263 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And in we go;

    29473098946_8c24e2ea3d_b.jpg img7265 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    28885032253_cb1d858d4d_b.jpg img7266 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The site is a bit samey architecturally but its uniformity and sheer scale make it a worthwhile visit:

    29473018266_9bc69b6c9a_b.jpg img7267 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    29472753396_f7a4d71ced_b.jpg img7277 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Not much left inside:

    28882239624_77775b5bb6_b.jpg img7268 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    28881924284_1af1c96832_b.jpg img7280 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    28884558223_b80a74f2ed_b.jpg img7286 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    But it’s all about the corridors:

    29217812350_1126623213_b.jpg img7269 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    29217761070_491bb3bcc3_b.jpg img7271 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Plenty of peeling paint:

    29472847556_69ae7d3c68_b.jpg img7272 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Block after block:

    28881740164_57c93fc1af_b.jpg img7288 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    28884476103_1a9a2c6ee9_b.jpg img7289 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    29218165560_154fdd58d9_b.jpg img7303 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    29506641445_f582ee9f6e_b.jpg img7290 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And more corridors:

    29506591955_9a90496fbd_b.jpg img7291 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    …and smashed up rooms:

    29426444831_24b8943328_b.jpg img7293 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On too the childcare/nursery block:

    28881537664_8333392e34_b.jpg img7295 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    29217259020_f7ec1c0157_b.jpg img7294 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And bad graff:

    28884233083_bcd076f928_b.jpg img7296 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And good graff:

    28884177683_2206f84ed6_b.jpg img7297 by HughieDW, on Flickr
    29472013076_301c6f9629_b.jpg img7300 by HughieDW, on Flickr
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