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UK RAF West Raynham, Norfolk - Jan 2016

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RAF West Raynham

 

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The Explore

 

A bit of a flying visit this one as we had other things to check out deeper into Norfolk that day and I was really only mainly interested in the peely action going on in the foyer to the Junior Ranks Mess and a few other bits and bobs. I might jump on the Errbex bus sometime in the future and mooch around the other bits but mostly likely i won't. Visited with @Urbexbandoned and thanks for the few tips beforehand from @Mikeymutt.

 

The History (stolen as always)

 

The airfield opened during May 1939 and was used by RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War with the loss of 86 aircraft. The station closed in 1994, though the Ministry of Defence (MoD) retained it as a strategic reserve. Having laid derelict since closure, the MoD elected in 2004 that it was surplus to requirements, and the site was sold in 2006 to the Welbeck Estate Group who sold the entire site in October 2007.The airfield opened during May 1939 and was used by RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War with the loss of 86 aircraft. The station closed in 1994, though the Ministry of Defence (MoD) retained it as a strategic reserve. Having laid derelict since closure, the MoD elected in 2004 that it was surplus to requirements, and the site was sold in 2006 to the Welbeck Estate Group who sold the entire site in October 2007. Built between 1938 and 1939, RAF West Raynham was an expansion scheme airfield. The grass landing area was aligned roughly north-east to south-west. The main camp, with housing and headquarters, was located immediately west of the landing area. To the south-east were bomb stores. The airfield was originally equipped with a Watch Office with Tower (Fort Type), of pattern 207/36 (made from concrete), although the tower was later removed and new control room built to pattern 4698/43. Later in the war the station was provided with a "Control Tower for Very Heavy Bomber Stations" to pattern 294/45, one of only four such towers to be built.

 

The Pictures

 

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Small industrial building

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Officer's Mess

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The Bar..

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As always thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated :thumb 

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A nice pic heavy report, it gives a real feel for the place and I loved that shot of the pressure gauge!

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10 hours ago, Session9 said:

Nice snaps mate :)

 

Is that a wide angle you have these days?

 

Cheers Geoff mate :) 

 

Aye these pics were a few months back and i was using a Sigma 10-20mm Wide angle. I've since upgraded a little to a canon 10-18mm :grin:

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22 hours ago, Vulex said:

A nice pic heavy report, it gives a real feel for the place and I loved that shot of the pressure gauge!

 

Thanks mate! Cheers for having a look :thumb 

 

18 hours ago, coolboyslim said:

loving that peel m8ty. One place never done is a raf base. Really nice m8ty and thx for report

 

You should get yourself over for a look mate, I love the peely in that JR's mess :) 

Thanks for looking :thumb 

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13 hours ago, Urbexbandoned said:

Love 2, 3, 5 & 16. This was a great day but bloody cold. Nice report :thumb 

 

:comp: 

 

Aye we had a few chilly explores around that time, cheers T :wub:

 

11 hours ago, AndyK! said:

Love the decay in there while still being nice and tidy, not trashed. Good job.

 

Thanks Andy :). I really liked the peely in that airman's mess 

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6 hours ago, jones-y-gog said:

Nicely done mate, we had to leave in a hurry so unfortunately didn't have any time for the bar! 

:beer2:

 

Haha cheers mate, maybe next time eh? Lol :D

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It's a nice set with the lot of peeled paint. And I really like the pic with the red curtains.

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39 minutes ago, Andy said:

It's a nice set with the lot of peeled paint. And I really like the pic with the red curtains.

 

Thanks @Andy, yeah i loved the peely paint here :) 

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Cracking HT. You have captured it really well :thumb Was here myself recently and I bloody loved it. One of my faves so far :)

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