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Report - RAF Thorpe Abbott's..Norfolk sept 2018


Mikeymutt

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I have visited here before quite a few yrs back. But as me,janovitch and man gone wrong was in the area,we decided to have a look. The site is spread over three main bits too see. The technical site, the battle HQ and the domestic site. I like this place with its overgrown Nissen huts..Thorpe Abbott's was built by Laing and sons in 1943 and was designated airfield 139 to the US eighth air force, it was used by the 100th bombardment group. Who later became known as the bloody hundredth due to heavy losses. They operated the B-17 fortresses from here going deep into Nazi Germany later in the war. When the war ended control of the airfield as per usual was handed back to RAF control. The airfield was pretty inactive till 1956 and was finally closed its been mainly returned back to farmland. The tower has been restored, and is actually a very nice museum to visit.

First up is the technical site. There are several buildings left including pump house and standby set house. The large nissen hut I found out is the old grocery store.
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The BHQ is quite different to most of them, in that it is built above ground. A man made mound was made and the BHQ built into it. This made it very dry inside which is a nice change.

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Well away from the main airfield site is some old nissen huts dotted about. I am thinking these were prob accomodation huts once.

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MK83

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Really nice photo's. Love how the woods are reclaiming the buildings.
 

tigger

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Thats cool. I think Grafton Underwood has the same BHQ but its inaccessible.
Both built to drawing 11008/41 (the most common BHQ design). Grafton was surprisingly dry when visited about ten years ago.

As usual the decaying Nissen hutting makes for a very photogenic subject which are done justice here :)
 

at1503

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Great shots - drove past this just earlier today before realising what it was, I'll have to pay a visit!
 

Mikeymutt

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Great shots - drove past this just earlier today before realising what it was, I'll have to pay a visit!
Thank you. It's deffo worth a mooch. It's fairly spread about though. And a great museum in the old watch office
 

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