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UK RAF Church Fenton, December 16

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Its that time of year again, where real life gets in the way of exploring. Luckily I managed to squeeze one in with my scouse explorer friend before my car temporarily  packed in. Sandwiched between work parties and seasonal sessions I made the trek to RAF Church Fenton not really knowing what to expect. With just a few images in my head of what I thought was a big grand entrance hall and turned out to be the mess hall. The location itself wasnt worth the drive but the company was and I had a good day. 

History
 

Opened in 1937, it saw the peak of its activity during the years of the Second World War, when it served within the defence network of fighter bases of the RAF providing protection for the Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Humberside industrial regions.

During September 1940 it became home to the first RAF "Eagle squadron" of American volunteers being No. 71 Squadron RAF initially with the Brewster Buffalo I for one month before changing to the Hawker Hurricane I. The airfield was also home to both the first all-Canadian and all-Polish squadrons, with No. 242 Squadron RAF for the Canadians and No. 306 Squadron RAF for the Polish.

As technologies evolved, the first night fighter Operational Training Unit (No. 54 OTU) was formed at Church Fenton in 1940 and stayed until 1942. Some of the squadrons stationed there flew the famous de Havilland Mosquito.

 

On 25 March 2013 it was announced that Church Fenton would close by the end of 2013. The units would be relocated to RAF Linton on Ouse by 31 December 2013.[36]

By 19 December 2013, all units had relocated and the airfield was closed. Some equipment will be relocated to RAF Topcliffe. MoD security continued to secure the site until disposal. A NOTAM was issued suspending the air traffic zone (ATZ) at the end of 2013.

 

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Nicely shot there @Vulex :) We went during the summer and it was a right ball ache trying to navigate through the thick vegetation, sneezing like fuck as i went along too. Bet it was a bit easier in the winter eh?

 

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On 11/01/2017 at 10:08 PM, hamtagger said:

Nicely shot there @Vulex :) We went during the summer and it was a right ball ache trying to navigate through the thick vegetation, sneezing like fuck as i went along too. Bet it was a bit easier in the winter eh?

 

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Cheers pal Yea it waas pretty easy, I wish i saw it in the summer. Probs for the best I didnt as I get hay fever soo easily lol.

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