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  1. 2013: I believe this is up for demo. 2011: So not having urbexed for MONTHS :-(, I got to do the Skyking, which is something I'd been meaning to do for a while. We had a guided tour round the place with a very knowledgeable man who has worked at Heyford for 36 years! The Skyking was first known as The Astra, but was changed by the USAF, and the seats were refitted at some point. The cinema was closed in 1994 when the whole site closed. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
  2. 2013: Totally gone bar golf ball and towers 2010: Moved from Heathrow to Chenies in 1950, this site was home to the ground control intercept R8 Rotors Radar. The site was open till 1995, when it shut, but part of it is still live and owned by the MET office, where it houses the giant golf ball And the golfball..... More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157624082608362/
  3. 2013:I believe they are in the process of demo now. 2010: Ok, so we all know about this place and its been done to death! But here is a selection of my eventful day last week! Originally opened as an RAF base in 1918, Heyford was passed on to the USAF, where it became a kind of “Mini Americaâ€Â; keeping the Soldiers feeling at home. The site closed down in September 1994 and is a haven of explorers, like cinemas, hospitals, schools, shops, dorm blocks, clubs, bars amongst other things. The day went well overall, till the police caught up with us, and carried out a stop and search! I guess my unique vehicle choice parked nearby didn’t help! What an awesome day, visited with TBM and Mooks! High School Part of the schools exterior One of the many awesome decaying corridors One of Many Classrooms Volleyball Court School’s Boiler Room Casino and Bar Dorms We didn’t even cover a FRACTION of the place! What a place though, despite it being done so many times! More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157623505952107/
  4. Just in case there is anybody on planet Earth who hasn't been to Stenigot then I shall pop up some history This was a return visit as I was in the area on holiday, the weather was crap when I visited in 2011 and it was crap this time too, does the sun ever come out in Lincolnshire?? ____________________________________________________ Based high on the Lincolnshire wolds, approximately 5 miles South-East of Louth, RAF Stenigot opened in 1940 as a WW2 Radar station. It was part of the Chain Home radar network to provide long range early warning for raids from along the approaches to Sheffield and Nottingham and the central midlands. The original site contained 4 giant 110m (360ft) transmitter masts, and 2 generator/receiving blocks. After WW2 the site operated for this purpose until 1959 when 3 of the masts were dismantled and the site was redeveloped as a NATO communications relay site as part of the ACE High program. This resulted the construction of four tropospheric scatter parabolic dishes. The site finally closed around 1991 after advances in modern technology made the facility redundant and in 1996 was finally disposed of, however many of the older structures still remain. One original radar tower has been retained by the MOD which is a grade 2 listed structure and is used for climbing aptitude training by the Aerial Erector School at RAF Digby. On a clear day, from the top of the tower, its is possible to see Lincoln Cathedral, the North Sea and even the Humber bridge as well as the lines of bomb craters left by the Luftflotte. A few from inside the bunker
  5. Going back a couple of years now, i dusted the mountain bike off, topped myself up with Jack3d and headed to Harewood Forest! I covered some mileage over the day but killing two birds with one stone ensured i had a thoroughly enjoyable day but hitting the deck after mis-judging a tree root wasn't a highlight - blood was drawn but chicks dig scars though, right? Anywho, the history? Basically the RAF required a stretch of woodland not too close to a town, that was rail served and about 25 miles inland to store ammunition. New sidings and a branch network for military traffic were built at the Longparish station in 1942 and concrete roads were built in the forest and to effectively disperse ammunition to the storage huts. Bombs started arriving in the autumn of 1943 and the depot initially stored 40,000 tons which obviously increased around D-Day. Alas and onto the pictures: A once lovely Ford Prefect, slowly rusting away. Water tower Concrete roads were laid down to disperse ammunition to the storage huts The nissen huts were utilised for a far different reason 70 years ago Emergency Water Supply (EWS) - many of these are dotted throughout the forest This is Middleton House, it was a school but taken over and used as a HQ Maintenance Unit 202 This picture was actually with my father when we went in car, it wasn't there when i re-visited on my own. I'll leave it there, thanks for looking!
  6. So it's about time i got my report of this up ^^, after getting a random message from SK asking if i could get to a place to get picked up early the next morning, i knew this was going to be a good one. so getting up at silly splore o'clock i met up with him, trog and peaces and jumped in the car and headed to our destination, knowing only small details .. once i got to the site, it was nothing short of stunning !. Parking up in the worlds worst estate, with broken bikes chained to lamposts and people being evicted, we shyly left the car wondering if it would be there when we returned and entered the site. Full history of the site can be found on SK's report here : http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/showthread.php/5275-Raf-uxbridge-may-2013 First point of call was the Dentistry It was starting to get wrecked in there =/ Moving on after our brief venture with a sleeping pikee we found the shooting range After a short walk, we wondered what was in here ? After navigating around and finding a simple way in we discovered it was locked up tight !, the doors where rather large And yet another building the turned out to be locked up tight ! After setting off what we believed to be a silent alarm, secca was on the scene in a matter of minutes, into the bushes we went, needless to say not getting into a mannor Mr key was not happy ;] After a quick rest in the generator room We located our next building Which turned out to have next to nothing in =/ so into another building.. wait whats what.. flash.. BEEEPP.. RUNN.. darting out of the grounds we found something none of us expected ;] A set of 60/70 houses just laying empty Venturing in one of the few which still had some furnishings I think they need a new door ! Memories Moving back into the main site We decided to set up a ground shot ;] i adore how the lights are still in one piece ! Heading to the bar ;] heading up stairs, Bleeding window ? Getting some air and another cheeky corridor shot ;] Lastly we made our way to the abandoned cop-shop / detention block What we saw next.. shocked us all o.o Apparently it was a prop used in the TV series 'a touch of cloth', after watching the only two episodes aired, the alta was sadly not in either of them =[ Indeed I would imagine it was in ep 3, only the first two where ever aired =/ And sk just couldn't help him self ;] After reading the script and cracking ' are you touching cloth jokes' it was time to make our depart from the site Untill.. we found an ironing board ... We just about managed to spend 15 mins at the local raf museum as well ! Cheers for looking all, rest can be found at : http://www.flickr.com/photos/urdex/sets/72157633583711785/
  7. RAF folkingham I really enjoyed this shoot at the RAF folkingham graveyard until we were politely asked to leave by Mr Green. I didn't get everything i wanted to get but i hope you enjoy what i did manage to capture in the short time we had.
  8. Since I started shooting abandoned stuff this was one I always wanted to see. While I was in Lincolnshire for work I randomely saw this on the hill side and thought it would be rude not to stop and have 5 minutes. It was raining, super windy and I only had a few minutes spare. I struggled to show the scale of this place, its way bigger than you think. Here is a bit of info on the site which Im sure you all know anyway: "It was part of the Chain Home radar network, intended to provide long range early warning for raids from Luftflotte V and the northern elements of Luftflotte II along the approaches to Sheffield and Nottingham and the central midlands. After the Second World War, the site was retained as part of the Chain Home network. In 1959 it was upgraded to a communications relay site as part of the ACE High program, which involved adding four tropospheric scatter dishes. The site was decommissioned in the late 1980s and was mostly demolished by 1996." Thanks
  9. This is a location that has been on the back up list for a good long while but has never had to fall back on it. Well last weekend on our way home we decided to quickly poke our heads in and were quite surprised with what we found. It’s hardly a jewel in the crown but could see it was defo worth a return visit to cover more fully. Returned with with Peaches Trog & shads for a splore that was gonna have a little bit of everything. We parked up in what was clearly in the past part of the married quarters for the base and I kid you not this place was looking rough every other house fully metal shuttered rubbish and furniture every where, Bikes padlocked to lamp posts stripped to the bone. It really doesn’t get any grimmer looking than this and quickly decided to leave nothing in the car as by the looks of this place we would lucky if the car would be here on our return. We loaded up and I noticed peaches glancing back at her car knowing she's been trying to get rid off it for a while now and was hoping it was the last time she would see it lol . We hit the fence and an easy in. RAF Uxbridge History There have been so many units and various roles over the years and it would take a day to reel them all off. But one of the more notably was the role it played in the Battle of Britain in 1940’s As was the home of, N0 11 Fighter group’s command & co ordination bunker. Here all would be plotted on to maps, boards to make sense of the air war that raged above.​ Peoples lives moved around like chess pieces on a board guided into waves of on coming Luftwaffe and removed when dead. 23 fighter squadrons which covered the area know as Hell Fire Corner fought to keep the control of the air from the Luftwaffe In 1940 at the very height & climax of the battle of Britain as the Luftwaffe launched wave after wave of attacks in the attempt to break the back of the RAF. Sir Winston Churchill asked here at Uxbridge “Is there any reserve squadrons available?â€Âand was told none all were in action. After watching so many lives lost and the whole of the south east of the country now littered with the wreckage of Aircraft. He made his now famous comment. “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed, by so many to so fewâ€Â. Total RAF Aircraft losses in the battle of Britain 1087. RAF Uxbridge closed on 31 March 2010 as part of the Ministry of Defence's scheme to 'rationalise' the military. After 95 years of continuous military service in the London Borough of Hillingdon. 340 homes, 77 bed care home, 2099 car park spaces 20,000 square metres of retail and office space ,90 bed hotel & a 1200 seat theatre. The historic features of the development The Grade II Hillingdon House will be renovated, with the ground floor to open as a restaurant. The Grade I listed battle of Britain bunker will remain as a museum. The Grade II listed cinema will also remain for community use & one barrack block will be converted to housing. The spitfire by the bunker entrance will remain. With a completion date set for 2017 Since its closure the vast site has been used for several film shoots and TV dramas such as A Touch of Cloth. A Spoof crime drama? The feature Film The offender was shot here in 2012 a prison drama set in a young offenders' institution signs, Props and scripts etc still remain scattered around here and there. . Now had a glimpse of these whilst doing a quick bit of research am glad to say ive never heard of them. On the Range. Targets Down The Ammo Bunker. These doors are Moosive Climbed all over the place & defo no easy way in to here. Then it was off to the club. Am sorry for this terrible Pic I should be ashamed but we were to busy being silly & past caring. We came across several groups of Pikeys stripping the place Who thought we were mad But had no hassles and just worked around each other. The Med centre is pretty stripped. ​ Soon after we tripped a PIR and with the alarm blarring We hoped a few fences and found ourselves in a section of the location we hadnt realised was there and quickly named the village of the dammed. 60 + houses and other buildings just sitting there idle and empty. Now having given it a bit of time we decided to bounce back into the main site and go take a look at the Grade II Hillingdon House. As we arrived from the rear and started to look around secca drove up to the front So ended up bugging out. A Manor missed now for another day. Having come close to being caught twice we decided the safest place to visit next was the RAF Police station, Which on arrival clearly had been used for filming at some stage. The City Of Town Police being ficticious (A Touch of Cloth). Then walking into a room came across a sacrificial Alter ? Dont ask as have no idea lol Dont see one of these every day so would be rude not too. Next I decided to pilot the nearest Ironing board if that makes any sense? lol Either way the ironing board failed to take the strain & collapsed so I was soon back on terra firma dam We decided to pop over and see if we could sneak a quick peak at the Grade I listed battle of Britain bunker museum to make the splore complete. Will add a few pic as a very interesting place and well worth seeing and donation given gladly. Was a really fun day of silliness and sploring defo what its all about.
  10. A vast site with one or two buildings still in use. Of a similar design to other bases in the area. In pretty good condition due to being surrounded by housing and onsite security. This was my favourite room on the site. I am not really sure what this actually is. 1 The exchange! 2 Exguage 3 Exchanged The stairs in the same building 4 Down And Out A venture out to the control tower sadly access was denied. 5 Control Tower by darbians, on Flickr From here I could see a strange green dome 6 Welcome To The Terrordome I was able to gain access to this strange dome. My ears were not prepared for what I was about to hear!! The echo in this building was insane, with the camera set to 3 brackets it sounded like I was taking 20 or something. 7 Echo Dome I venture back into the site and the sun starts to come out and I manage to capture these nice reflections. 8 A Window Of Reflection So I wander over to another part of the site across the road. I never expected to find such grand rooms. 9 RAF ball room 10 A Grand Room On An RAF Site 11 Three doors So I check upstairs and find some living quarters. 12 Creeping In Its starting to get dark by now so I decide to head home. After gaining access to the water tower roof in another site I thought it be nice to capture a sunset from the roof of the water tower here, sadly it was sealed but I did check another building out which I had not been in before. 13 Through The Portholes Pretty much taken from the very same spot just upstairs. 14 Two Choices Only One Path Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoyed.
  11. Another from the archive, and another one with great memories attached. I met one of my best exploring buddies in April 2010 when he was brand new to urbex and the first thing he said he wanted to do was Greenham Common at sunrise. Well a year and a half after that was first mooted isn't too bad, is it? The plan for access over the multiple fences surrounding the site was put into motion and at 5.30am one August morning me and him rocked up on the outskirts of the old airfield, the place was deathly quiet and after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing the plan went off without a hitch and we were in with minutes to go until the sun was due to rise over the horizon at about 6.10am. We scrambled onto one of the bunkers in the middle of the site and set our gear up, and watching the sun rise over the sprawling site it became one of the most beautiful, surreal and unforgettable memories I have from my whole life. After the sun cleared the horizon we wandered the site, it was an odd feeling being somewhere that could have been at the epicentre of wiping out a large amount of the world's population had the cold war gone full nuclear... The doors to the nuclear missile bunkers are required by NATO law to stay open, so Russian satellites can see that they are empty in case they fly over looking. Somewhere on the common we heard a familiar roar and watched as a hot air balloon ascended into the morning sky, and I couldn't resist a wave at the occupants! We moved over to the old guard post and front gate, and before we could snap any photos a loud crack shattered the morning air from a few feet away, and a small cloud of smoke rose into the sky - turned out my mate had tripped a wire attached to a blank shotgun shell used to scare wildlife...well it certainly scared us! And, now that everyone on the airfield that morning knew we were there, we made our retreat to the local McDonalds More photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157627406780905/
  12. Another one for the archives really,but still important as most if not all of what I filmed is still there.First visited in 2005 for a post sunday dinner walk,then became one of my obsessions.Be gentle with the quality of pics due to me using a simple Kodak Digi point n shoot..never got into DSLR`s till late in my Urbex career. Some History: Yatesbury is a village adjacent to Cherhill on the A4 road between Calne and Marlborough in Wiltshire, England. RAF Yatesbury is a former Royal Air Force airfield well known to many airmen who served in the second world war. The airfield was first established in the first world war and was developed into a permanent camp in the interwar years especially from 1936 onwards before finally closing in the 1960s. Before closure the camp was home to the Radar and Wireless training school which transferred to Locking .The aircraft hangars and air strip, although now farmland, can still be seen from the A4. Yatesbury today has a population of approximately 150 people. And that was Yatesbury early 2005..more to come sadly!!!
  13. I am surprised this hasnt been reported on before to be honest,so if you are familiar with it then my appologies.. Wee bit of history: Opened as an air base in 1918,taken over in the early 50`s by the Americans,this was the home to the F1-11`s till closure late 1994.Now a Heritage listed site,most of the domestic parts will soon be cleared for housing,but around the edge of the airfield many small businesses rent the old buildings.Thames Valley Police use an area next to the QRA area for training. We start our explore in what is/was known as QRA or Quick Response Area Imagine the noise from the F1-11 as it prepared to leave its hanger..the exhaust was drawn out the back There are 56 of this Hangers dotted around..the doors were pulled apart using some hefty motors Serious "keep out" fencing Mural inside a Hanger Bomb Store,but not today.. Watch Tower Control Tower Command Bunker Seriously thick blast doors Main frame Control Room Hotlines Tote Room Oops..alarms going,we better clear out!! And that was my first visit to Heyford..I love it there
  14. Opened it 1927,the Former RAF flying corps club passed into the hands of the Americans who added the last modern bar called Jandys.The living areas were quite respectable and the ballroom held host to big name stars.Closing along with base in 1994,the building quickly suffered from the damp,so a decision was taken to remove all the timber floors to allow the air to keep things less moist.There is talk of still turning this building over to be used as a school,so we shall have to wait and see.I visited in October 2011. Jandys Bar Main Ballroom Quick look down the underground shelters Shelters turned store rooms First signs of floor removal Reception Very grand in its day,no doubt In the Kings Cliffes Rooms..no ladies I`m afraid On our way upstairs to the accommodation now..view out over the frontage En suite Dressing room No doubt,plush in its day Main Entrance Back down in the Ballroom now Kitchens And finally..77th American Maintenance Unit Loved this place very much
  15. Another explore with my long suffering..she actually liked this one!!Met the Farmer called Basil,who was ok with us exploring as long as we didnt put the pics online! Info: RAF Charmy Down was a World War II airfield in England located approximately three miles north of the centre of Bath, Somerset on a flat top hill between the A46 and Catherine's Brook. During the war it was used by the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Force Ninth Air Force as USAAF station 487. Charmy Down airfield was opened late in 1940 and originally had a grass surface with landing strips of 4,125ft, both south-east to north-west and north-east to south-west. The airfield soon gained a 50ft wide tarmac perimeter track and 39 aircraft dispersal points. These were 12 double pens and 15 single standings. Eventually, 12 Blister hangars were erected round the site. Well,that was Charmy Down...there is a lot more to be seen,but we ran out of time sadly. Many thanks for looking.
  16. Another explore with the long suffering,but she declined the excitement of this one and stayed in the car!! RAF Chenies was an R8 Ground Control Intercept (GCI) radar station (code HAM) built in the 1950's as part of the post war ROTOR Programme. While most post war GCI stations utilised an existing WW2 site, Chenies was a green field site. Had to smile to myself..when I got here,there was a BT engineer working on the weather station,so I asked him if I could take a look around..he said I had 30 mins..its the fastest explore ever!!! We visited 2010,but now in 2012,its all gone sadly. Tote Room Tote Room again And that was my 30 minute explore of RAF Chenies! Many thanks for looking.
  17. Took the long suffering for a stroll round this sheep ridden base,but she got bored fairly quickly!! .As of early 2010, much of RAF Upwood is unused, closed by the Ministry of Defence in 1994. Most of the base was vacated and the land and buildings sold off to civil ownership. In 2004 Turbine Motor Works purchased a large amount of property on the former base including the four C-type hangars. Their plan is to convert the property into a state-of-the-art jet engine overhaul facility. Together with the Nene Valley Gliding Club and the Air Cadet Squadron, this facility will ensure that the former RAF base will continue its aviation legacy well into the 21st century. Part of the facility is now used by Urban Assault to play Airsoft every other Saturday.When we visited in 2010,there was plans for housing being bandied about,but whether this happened,I have no idea, Well that is/was RAF Upwood....for some more see below: http://klempner69.smugmug.com/Military/ ... &k=Hc699vp Many thanks for looking..
  18. Explored with 2 non members Walked around for almost 3 hours with a hangover trying to find the entrance to this place
  19. Visited with TBM and Cookie monster, This has been in my pipeline for a while so glad that i finally got around to going here and been in the 1st Group to crack it. Warning to anyone else going there is security on the main site as we bumped into his dog but luckily not him however the dog was friendly and didnt bark. There is lots to see with a gym, Bank, Accommodation blocks and many more, However this Report is just on the bunker. The Bunker is at RAF Daws Hill which is now decommissioned but used as Armed Response Training Center so is littered with lots of Blanks. It was a very interesting explore with seeing the camp and the main point of us going the Nuclear Bunker. Now to the interesting bit. Its nuclear bunker, with 23,000 square feet (2,100 square meters) of space, housed high-tech equipment for the direction of nuclear bombers and guided missiles. I believe it was built in the 1940's. If you want more information about the place Google Raf Daws Hill. There Was to many good pictures to choose from as its a big site but here are a few Nice long Stairs Thanks For Looking
  20. Opened in 1942, it was used by both the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces during World War II and the United States Air Force during the Cold War. After the Cold War ended, it was closed in 1993. The airfield was also known for the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp held outside its gates in the 1980s. Greenham Common airfield was one of several wartime airfields in the Salisbury Plain area and was originally intended for use as an RAF Bomber Command Operational Training Unit. It was built to the Class A airfield standard, the main feature of which was a set of three converging runways each containing a concrete runway for takeoffs and landings, optimally placed at 60 degree angles to each other in a triangular pattern connecting to an enclosing perimeter track, of a standard width of 50 feet. The land for the airfield was acquired in May 1941 and the runways were built in early 1942 with one main and two secondary runways with assorted loop and pan dispersal hardstands connecting to an enclosing perimeter track, of a standard width of 50 feet. The runway today is all overgrown and you can freely walk around it now days the bomb storage part has about 5 fence's if i remember correct but all are very easy and its public land anyway, it has a secca who lives in a caravan on site for some reason but we didn't hear a thing. it was quite a while ago now but im sure it wouldn't have changed much
  21. Big thanks to TBm and Northern Ninja for cracking this and the intel............ Explored with UrbanGinger,Stealth and Obscurity.. No mishaps or hassles with getting to the bunker other than a man in a red van with his dog being nosey so no grand stories of our escapades im afreaid..(yay i hear you say no waffling shit) Some history from wicki American military forces were first stationed at High Wycombe in 1942, shortly after the United States' formal entrance into World War II. So urgent was the action that Wycombe Abbey School, situated on the land that would become the station, was given three weeks to find new facilities; failure in this effort led to the school's closing, until the independent girl's school was returned by the US in 1945. In 1952, the station, formerly known as Daws Hill House, welcomed US forces again. The following years of the Cold War saw fluctuation in the base's importance. Approximately 800 personnel were stationed there when, in 1969, their numbers were reduced, so that, in the early 1970s, only a small group remained for upkeep of facilities. Then, in 1975, activity escalated, revitalising the station's importance to the American military in Europe. Its nuclear bunker, with 23,000 square feet (2,100 square meters) of space, housed high-tech equipment for the direction of nuclear bombers and guided missiles. Use of the station was reduced with the end of the Cold War; by 1992, US Defense personnel at RAF Daws Hill numbered fewer than 350. In 2002, the UK Ministry of Defence proposed to close RAF Daws Hill some years in the future, turning the 50 acres (20 ha) of land over to other public and private use and relocating American Naval personnel and activities to other locations near London, particularly RAF Uxbridge.[2] The plan apparently fizzled, however, when the US Navy voiced its preference to remain. High Wycombe, desiring to build at least 400 new houses by 2011 for its growing population, considered the land ideal for up to 600 houses; but nearby residents also rejected the proposal because of the changes that it would entail, including increased traffic on relatively quiet roads. The station was home, between 1971 and 2007, to the London Central Elementary High School, part of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, with pupils in grades K?12. Also at Daws Hill are 70 housing units for American personnel and their families. Other facilities include warehouses and those for vehicle maintenance, as well as support buildings for persons who lived and worked at the base, such as a bank, a post office, a bowling alley, sports grounds and buildings, a small exchange, an automobile refueling station, and a social club On with My pics from our outing. Sorry its a bit pic heavy but its a huge site and theres a lot of bits of machinery all over the place as well as vast empty rooms.
  22. I went for a look on a sunny morning with Frosty and a non member. The buildings are in a very bad state and everything insight has been smashed but there were a few bits that make this place worth a look if you are in the area. We were here about an hour but then saw a few blokes walking round trying to break into some of the sealed buildings. We decided to leave them to it and get underground. Cheers to Vdub for mentioning this one to us. The history has been covered loads so here’s a few of my pictures...
  23. Based high on the Lincolnshire wolds, approximately 5 miles South-East of Louth, RAF Stenigot opened in 1940 as a WW2 Radar station. It was part of the Chain Home radar network to provide long range early warning for raids from along the approaches to Sheffield and Nottingham and the central midlands. The original site contained 4 giant 110m (360ft) transmitter masts, and 2 generator/receiving blocks. After WW2 the site operated for this purpose until 1959 when 3 of the masts were dismantled and the site was redeveloped as a NATO communications relay site as part of the ACE High program. This resulted the construction of four tropospheric scatter parabolic dishes. The site finally closed around 1991 after advances in modern technology made the facility redundant and in 1996 was finally disposed of, however many of the older structures still remain. One original radar tower has been retained by the MOD which is a grade 2 listed structure and is used for climbing aptitude training by the Aerial Erector School at RAF Digby. On a clear day, from the top of the tower, its is possible to see Lincoln Cathedral, the North Sea and even the Humber bridge as well as the lines of bomb craters left by the Luftflotte.
  24. Thurleigh was built for RAF Bomber Command in 1941 by W & C French Ltd in 1941. On 7th September 1942 the 306th Group started to arrive; with some of their B17s flying in the following week. From October 1942, the 306th Group mounted a long and arduous offensive suffering many losses. The Group finally completed their long war on 19th April 1945 which was their 342nd mission; the second highest for any B17 Group. During its time at Thurleigh over 9,600 sorties had been flown with the loss of 171 aircraft in action and over 22,500 tons of bombs were dropped. In 1946 construction work began on the airfield to turn the site into what became know as the Royal Aeronautical Establishment, Bedford. The airfield was finally closed in 1997. This is the control tower