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RAF East Moor

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RAF East Moor just to the east of Sutton-on-the-Forest a1942 type 'A' full bomber airfield with three runways, two T2 hangars, one B1 repair hangar, 36 frying pan aircraft dispersals, 2094 men & 407 WAAF's.

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Plan.

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B1 repair hangar.

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Halifax.

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RAF East Moor.

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From York take the B1363 road due north to Sutton-on-the-Forest.

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Main Gate.

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This is the airfield Site where the running of the flying took place. There were flight huts, a hangar, the control tower and all that entails the smooth running of a large bomber base.

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Airfield plan.

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Wellington's being prepared.

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Possible flight huts or administrative.

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Standard temporary brick huts here ideal for squadron offices, flight huts and any other use.

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Airfield site.

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The hut.

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The central corridor in a temporary brick flight hut.

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A very long Temporary brick hut.

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More offices.

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Long hut.

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History : the area to the east of Sutton-on-the-Forest although called East Moor. Government officials would have turned up some time in 1941 and within days the builders would have arrived and started building an 'A' type bomber base with everything that goes with it.

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Continuing on.

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A nice row of temporary brick huts.

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Long hut.

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History : reading the history books on East Moor they do not say how the transformation came about, I think it started with an almost circular perimeter track with grass runways and gradually the hard runways were added and then the main runway may have been extended up to three times.

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RB are images from Robert Barands archive. Thank you Robert.

Control tower.

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Looks like a Picket Post.

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A small guard room, I do not have a plan of East Moor so its all guesswork.

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Picket post.

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History : by June 1942 East Moor became RAF East Moor with 4 Group Bomber Command and a satellite to RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

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The control tower as it was, gone now. RB

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More huts in the back of a yard.

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Plan.

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History : the first squadron that to use East Moors was 158 Sqn with Wellington II's.

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Wellington and crew.

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Airfield site

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I am not sure yet if these are contemporary buildings? But they do look like MT sheds?

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AEC Matador.

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Crew bus.

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History : June 1942 they converted to Halifax's.

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Perimeter track 50ft wide.

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The perimeter track would run completely around the airfields linking the ends of the runway with the 36 circular (frying pan) dispersals.

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The perimeter track linking the main runway with the aircraft dispersals.

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History : 1679 Heavy Conversion Unit were here to convert 6 Group crews to Lancaster.

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Royal Canadian Air Force.

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Bomber Tie Down

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There would have been at least four or more tie downs set into the concrete of a dispersal.

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A frying pan dispersal with the tie downs set into the base, there were 36 dispersals.

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History : East Moor then became home to two RCAF squadrons with Halifaxes.

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Airfield site.

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The view from the perimeter track towards the airfield site.

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24ft Nissen hut used for accommodation.

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24ft Nissen hut used for accommodation.

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Perimeter Track and Site of a T2 Hangar

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I have superimposed a picture of a T2 hangar where it would have been, the perimeter 50ft wide and it would have branched here off into the hangar.

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T2 hangar design.

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Building a T2 hangar.

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Inside a T2.

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This is the original perimeter track that ran around the grass airfield

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Red is the original perimeter track for the grass airfield.

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How the tower may have looked.

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Control tower.

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Airfield Site.

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Plan.

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Royal Canadian Air Force.

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Halifax's

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Given time I am sure we can re-build it.

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Piled up are a mix of items from all parts of the airfield.

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 I just wonder how many of these tiles were made??? or how many would be needed per airfield?

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a Briggs brick.

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A Halifax lifting off at RAF East Moor.

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The other side of the T2 Site

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Again superimposed again.

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Plan.

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Mechanical and Electrical Plinth.

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In the Garden M&E Plinth???

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Situated in the garden of a bungalow on the corner is what looks like an M&E plinth??

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M & E plinth.

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The road running parallel to the main runway.

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A bit further down here on the right is Communal No.1 site now a camping site.

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This road and the perimeter track in the field.

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Dispersed site 4.

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The left building may be an ablutions block with baths/showers and sinks and right is a Stanton air-raid shelter looking a bit worse for ware.

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Plan.

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The building with the two windows in the main picture looks to be a latrine 9026/41.

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Dispersed site.

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Dispersed site 4.

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This looks like a Laing plasterboard coated in black felt and may have been an accommodation hut.

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Plan of a Laing hut.

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Laing hut.

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Airfield drainage.

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Vast amounts of piping was needed to drain the fields.

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Main drain man holes.

A large drainage pipe at RAF Stoney Cross showing the lengths they went to when building airfields.

 

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Main runway looking north.

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A piece of farm machinery now sits on the Perimeter Track.

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Plan.

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Southern perimeter track.

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Plan.

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Bomb store in the woods.

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Tie Down Graveyard

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With 36 circular aircraft dispersals and say four per dispersal making 144 to dispose of.

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Visiting Sterling.

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Mostly Halifax, Wellington & Lancaster were stationed here but other types would have visited for reasons of a diversion, visit, low on fuel or even navigation.

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Tie Down in Situ.

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One of the 144 actually in situ.

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This tie down set into this large bomber dispersal.

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View to the Bomb Store in the Woods.

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A full bomb store is situated in the woodland a pity I did not have time to visit it.

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Bomb store.

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Huts Around the farms to the North East Handcraft Hut.

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The dispersed sites were to the south west yet in many farms to the north east are many specimens of wartime hutting.

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Romney Hut. The dispersed sites were to the south west yet in many farms to the north east are many specimens of wartime hutting.

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Two Nissen Huts.

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Dispersed Sites.

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All the sites would have had a Picket post to sign in and out, if communal many temporary brick ablutions and latrines. Accommodation (numbered sites) would use Laing (wooden huts), Nissen (corrugated iron), Seco (asbestos, wood & concrete).

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A dispersed site on an RAF airfield.

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Communal Site

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This is where most ranks would eat, play and learn their craft.

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 Yellow is the communal site.

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Squash court RAF Honeybourne.

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Squash court plan.

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Communal Site Entrance.

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Main entrance of this communal site where there was a squash court, gymnasium, probably officers & sergeants mess's. Ration Store, Grocery & local products store, ration store, decontamination block, dining room. These are the sorts of buildings that could have been here. I still do not have a plan as yet.

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I believe this was a picket, the usual type was a temporary brick with one main room, maybe a small second room and a toilet.

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Picket Post.

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Gymnasium.

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Note the vents on the roof are original.

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Gymnasium plan.

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Gymnasium

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The first extension on the left side is the original changing rooms for Officers & men. The extra extension may be added by the camping site.

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Plan.

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Communal Site NAAFI Institute??

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Water tower for the showers and ablutions and also may have been a chimney for the water boiler.

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Plan of the communal site.

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Officers Mess.

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A large set of 24ft Nissan huts linked with kitchens, dinning hall, rest rooms and toilets.

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Plan and looks like an officers mess 12952/41.

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Site No.5.

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Sight No.5 yellow square.

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The roadway and white square, the fuel compound, black the huts and red latrines.

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WAAF Communal Site No.1 & No.2.

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The front entrance to the old WAAF site.

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Plan of the WAAF communal and attached the WAAF No.2 site.

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WAAF's marching.

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WAAF's.

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The only remaining building

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This may be a British Concrete Federation type hut.

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The only remaining building here.

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Communal Site No3 (left) Sewage Dis. Site14 (ahead).

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All RAF establishment had a sewage site, those that did not have mains then a bucket emptying centre was built to empty the Elsan toilets.

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Elsan toilet.

 

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Sewage Disposal Site No.14.

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Still being used today for the local community.

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A standard RAF sewage site. Now in use by the local authority.

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RAF sewage works.

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Site No.3.

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Half way up the track is site No.3 and further on site No.2 which I did not visit the camping site today.

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Motor Plinth.

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Left on the corner a concrete plinth with four threads set into it. It would have held either an electrical motor or a pump?

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One of the treads.

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More bits.

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The Track to Site No.3.

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A very good use of camouflage by setting the dispersed sites in woodland.

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Nissan hut.

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Site No3.

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Air raid shelter, there are two hear possibly making it a camp for about 40/60 men.

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Inside the shelter.

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Heap of hut remains.

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M&E Plinth.

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M&E plinth.

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Connections in some plinths.

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M&E Plinth.

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This is totally different to any I have seen before. Having two rooms and a tin roof. 

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It may have had a double gate on this door and a single on the other. The gates would have a wire mesh to fill in the gaps and barbed wire at the top.

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Plan.

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Drain pipes.

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M&E Plinth.

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Gate hinges.

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Another hut base.

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Stove base.

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Stove & base.

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Latrine Block.

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The toilet still there today sitting beside its drain. 

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Latrine plan.

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The type of latrine that may have been here.

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Sick Quarters.

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Not only a hospital for wounded airmen but also to look after the health of two and a half thousand incumbents.

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Sick quarters.

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How it may have looked.

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Communal site No.1.

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Plan.

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Admin Site (left) Airfield Site (right).

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Plan.

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Airfield site and the T2 hangar.

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Main runway looking south.

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Plan.

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This is where the perimeter track meets the main runway.

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Plan.

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The End.

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At last a piece of an aircraft.

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Armoured electrical cable, could have been part of the ring main.