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Report - RAF Woodbridge bomb dump..Suffolk, September 2020


Mikeymutt

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I have always enjoyed military exploring and it's how I got into exploring in general. Hunting out old World War Two remnants. I do like the bomb storage areas on the old airfields. Having visited quite a few now I fancied this one. Me and man gone wrong tried this a few years back with no joy at all. So we tried it again recently and had a bit more luck. Think this is one of the bigger bomb storage areas I have been in. It has a wide variety of stores dotted about, plus a special weapons store similar to neighbouring bentwaters what I did several years ago. Being next to the still live site you just have to be careful down certain parts. But the airfield is now used by the British army and so the bomb dump is surplus to requirements. One thing that was nice to see there was plenty of original airmans graffiti, that's always a bonus.
RAF Woodbridge opened in 1943 as an airfield for damaged planes to land. It was one of three airfields constructed for this purpose. The runways were designed to take a plane in trouble. The runways were far wider than a standard airfield, and had an extra 1,500 feet added either end to allow for over shoot. The site was picked due to not much fog about and being seen for miles. They did have to clear over a million trees though from Rendlesham forest. The airfield had several more uses during the war. But primarily used as an emergency landing airfield and by the end of the Second World War it had 4,200 emergency landings. During the Cold War the Americans moved into Woodbridge in 1952 and neighbouring Bentwaters. These were known as the twin bases, and famous for the Rendlesham forest ufo incident. The airfield closed under American use in 1993. The MOD renamed the site Ministry of defence Woodbridge and is now the home of the army air corps and 23 engineer regiment. The site is to close fully in 2027 and seeing an end to yet another airfield, but I guess the way the military works is moving on in a different direction.

Looking over the main standard bomb stores, the usual standard mounds over them with heather to make it blend in to the surroundings
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Calamity Jane

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Thank you. Were you in the RAF then
No I have some friends who were stationed there, they are a lot older than me. lol. But I was interested so they sent pics, they live in USA and were stationed there in 1980s
 

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