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Report - RAF Sculthorpe bomb dump and tower..Norfolk December 2019


Mikeymutt

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I know this place has been done to death many times. But thought I would post some shots from the bomb storage area what not many do and the tower. I have been here many times, and was my first explore ever in early march 2013. I had covered the site extensively but never seen the bomb stores. So I parked up well away from the airfield and took the long walk through fields to get to the storage area which is far from the main airfield. I nearly gave up then found an entry at the end. Prob not one of the best ones about as a fair bit demolished now and it's used for cows. There was some nice signage on the fencing though. I also popped back in the tower that day.
The tower is only one of four built the others being at Raynham, Lakenheath (now demolished) and Markham.
Sculthorpe began life as a world war two satellite airfield. If you know how many world war two airfields worked you normally had one main airfield and two satellite ones. So in the case off Sculthorpe it was number three down the list to West Raynham, the second being RAF Great Massinghsm. The runway was laid out as a bomber airfield so the runway was built longer than your standard runways. Constructed by Bovis who did a lot of Norfolk airfield construction. The runway sat at 6,000 feet. It was used by several squadrons during the war. In 1949 America took on the base for the 20th fighter bomber wing. Then later on the 81st bomber wing. Both these had massive nuclear capability. The North American B-45 tornados were the jet bombers that would deliver this pay load if war ever broke out. Each plane was capable of dropping five tactical nuclear bombs. With the cold war fizzling out in the late eighties the site closed in 1992 and the technical and domestic sites sold off. The MOD retained the airfield side for training. The runway is used by American special forces in the evening's from Lakenheath and Mildenhall. It's quite an impressive site in a nice evening seeing the hercs landing there or dropping parachutes. Sculthorpe was quite a secretive airfield and think a lot of stuff went on there and landed there that was kept under the radar. CND protested at RAF Greenham common but if only they knew of what was stored here. My aunt met an airman at Sculthorpe in the 50s and married him and moved to America. I know during the Suez canal crisis all planes were fully loaded and on standby ready to go and called off at the last min.

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Whilst rooting about in parts I should not be I found this large empty building what I had not seen any pics off before. Not totally sure what it was used for though.

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Nicely done mate good job again !
 

at1503

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Quite amazing how many of these sites dot this part of the country - hoping to see more in the future.
 

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