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RAF Melbourne, Yorkshire was a wartime operational bomber base. Opened in 1940 as a satellite for RAF Pocklington & gradually became a a full bomber station in its own rite & closed in 1946. The first user’s of Melbourne were 10 Squadron with Armstrong Whitworth Whitleys. This was a grass field and by 1941 it desperately needed upgrading to a modern bomber station. When the station re opened 10 Squadron returned and spent most of the rest of the war there. 1943/4 and FIDO was installed on the main runway. (More on FIDO near then end). The Halifax’s an 10 Squadron transferred to Transport Command and replaced its aging Halifax’s for new Dakotas. All very different. Gradually the airfield went into Care & Maintenance and then 91 MU moved in and that usually meant the storage of bombs left over from the war and they were gradually disposed of. The Airfield went back to farming, but for some reason all the runways and perimeter track has survived. A drag racing track now uses the main runway. The Control Tower has been restored and a Nissen hut built next too it and now open as a museum.

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Armstrong Whitworth Whitleys.

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Air Ministry D.O.W. MEL : 135 :44

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35 x Frying pan dispersals
1 x Watch Office F.C.W. 4514.
There are several Blister hangars to the north, they could be a repair depot??
2 x Petrol Installation [aviation] 18439-40.
2 x T2 hangars Steel 3553-42.
1 x B1 hangar Steel GI 2272.
FIDO tanks J.G. 4934. FIDO is a system of burning fuel to clear fog. Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operation.
A full bomb store.

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Halifax.

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Crew.

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FIDO lit up.

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Main entrance.

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Main entrance.     [The plan is not very clear so numbers may not be exact] [TB - Temporary Brick] [N - Nissan]
ARS - Air-raid shelter.
  1. Station headquarters - TB - 9023/41.
  7. Petrol compound (MT) 17747/40
11. Sub Station - TB - 12813/40.
12. AMWD hut & yard - 10312/42.
18. Guard house - TB - 10311/42.
39. Barrack stores - ex contractors.
55. Fire tender house - N - 12410/41.
56. Fire party hut - N - 2965/42.
87. Link trainer - TB - 4188/42.
89. M&E plinth - TB -.
105. Station office - N - 12400/41.
109. Latrine - TB - 12400/41 RAF.
110. Latrine - TB - 12400/41 WAAF.

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Plan.

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Latrines.

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Guard house.

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M&E plinth.

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Memorial to the 10th.
Melrose Farm main entrance & memorial to No.10 Squadron RAF which arrived here 1942 from RAF Leeming with Whitleys and soon converted to Halifax’s.

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No.10 Squadron RAF.

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Halifax bomber.

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Crew.

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No. 10 'Shiny Ten' Squadron RAF formed at Farnborough in 1915, when WW2 opened they were flying Whitley's. Then converted to Halifax's and moved here to Melbourne and stayed the rest of the war losing 128 planes. 
10 Sqn. was a member of No. 4 Group, Bomber Command and carried out raids all over Europe from Melbourne mostly flying Handley Page Halifax BI, BII & BIII's.

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Crew.

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Handley Page Halifax MkII.

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Cockpit.

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Controls.

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Pilots Notes.

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1. Station headquarters - TB - 9023/41. This is where the OC of the airfield ran the camp, his job was discipline, food, accommodation, basically looking after whom ever is using his station.

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Around the back of the SHQ are, 12. AMWD hut & yard - 10312/42. The civilians works yard. Basically a small building company to look after the structure of the camp.

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Around the back of the SHQ is 12. AMWD hut & yard - 10312/42. The civilians works yard. Basically a small building company to look after the structure of the camp.

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Plan 12. AMWD hut & yard - 10312/42.

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6. Petrol Installation [Aviation] - 18439/40.
7. Petrol Compound [MT] - 17767/40.
8. Bulk Oil Compound - 17702/40.
16. MT standing - ---------------
42. Technical Latrine - TB - 9026/41.
50. MT Shed Marston - 8140/43.
52. RU Pyro Stores - TB - 5488/42.
53. MT Wash down Workshop & Yard - C - 7445/43.
54. Lubricant & Inflammable Stores - TB - 17706/40.
57. Link Trainer Building - TB - -----/41.
63. Main Workshops - N - 3031/42.
64. MT Shed & Yard 4bay & workshop - N -
69. Technical Latrine TB - 9025/41 [RAF].
77. Petrol MT [2No Pumps] - 4728/42.
96. Bulk Petrol Instillation - 9941/41 [48000galls].

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Crew bus.

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77. Petrol MT [2 No. Pumps] - 4728/42.

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RAF Petrol pump.

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MT petrol tank.

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64. MT Shed & Yard 4bay & workshop - TB - 12774/41.
The Motor Transport was quite large on a station. There were staff cars, small pick ups, buses to transport crew,s to their planes. Tractors, bomb trolleys, fuel bowser’s, light and heavy lorries and then there were the bicycle, hundreds of them.

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3 bay workshop plan.

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MT vehicle pit.

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64. MT Shed & Yard 4bay & workshop - N - end wall.

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Plan.

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View towards what was the 38. Squadron A Flight Offices - TB 9884/42.

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Between here and the long TB hut were two Romney huts:
58. Main Store - R - 2883/43. The TB long hut was, 47. Equipment Store & Office - TB - 2883/43 & 48. Rubber Store - 2883/43.

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Plan red .remaining buildings and yellow now removed.

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Romney hut.

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Main Store.

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Parachute & Dingy Store. The silver Romney hut is not on the plan. The yellow building is the Squadron A Flight Offices.

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Parachute Store.

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Parachute Store.

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Dingy Store.

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Buildings still extant.
106. Dingy Shed - TB - 2901/43.
  61. Parachute Stores - TB - 10825/42.
    6. Petrol Instillation [Aviation] 18436/40. 24000 gals.
  44. Armoury - TB - 17705/40.
  45. Maintenance Unit - TB - 17705/40.
  93. Crew Briefing Room - TB- 4701/43.
    3. Watch Office - TB - 4514.
One aircraft Dispersal.

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Crew briefing.

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Aircraft repair.

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Armoury.

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The parachute store would be a very busy place, every flying crew member would have one and they had to be constantly checked, a meticulous records kept and every so many weeks, opened out, hung up and dried. Then re packed and ready for use.

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Halifax crew.

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 3. Watch Office - TB - 4514.

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Fire crew.

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Signal Square.

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 3. Watch Office - TB - 4514. Unfortunately I did not make it to the CT in 2011.

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WAAF in a watch office.

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 3. Watch Office - TB - 4514.
Where once bombers were controlled day and night for all those years and when the war ended a hole was bashed in its side and an old fire engine stored inside. But now look at it a small museum.

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Ambulance outside a watch office.

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Airfield lighting plan.

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Radio room.

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Second Entrance to the B1 Hangar. Aircraft returning from operations could be horribly shot up. It was decided that the RAF repairers living amongst the crews should not do the sometimes gruesome repairs and a MAP (Ministry of Aircraft Production) should have their own hangar and civilian work force. A MAP B1 hangar was then added to most RAF bomber airfields.

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B1 Hangar.

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Inside a B1 hangar

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115. Aircraft Shed - ST - GI 2272 - B1 type.

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B1 door.

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B1 roof section.

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111. Aircraft Shed - ST - 3553/42 - T2 type.
115. Aircraft Shed - ST - GI 2272 - B1 type.

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Circular or Frying Pan dispersals.

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Perimeter track 50ft.

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Runways 150ft.

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111. Aircraft Shed - ST - 3553/42 - T2 type. T2 a standard RAF hangar used on most RAF airfields all over the world in WW2. The hanger was designed to be transportable and could be dismantled and moved to another airfield if needed. Made by the Teeside Bridge & Engineering Works, LTD.

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Teeside Bridge & Engineering Works, LTD.

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T2 hangar.

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I cannot find this one on the plan so may have been an addition later. Its Romney hut probably part of the Maintenance section. For some unknown reason on the plan all Romney huts are called N Nissen type?

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Romney hut inside.

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Perimeter Track from the T2 & B1 Hangars

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95. Bulk Petrol Instillation [Aviation] - 9846/41 - 72000 gal. Entrance off the road.

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Plan.

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95. Bulk Petrol Instillation [Aviation] - 9846/41 - 72000 gal heading off to the left.

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Fuel tanks would be buried underground.

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95. Bulk Petrol Instillation [Aviation] - 9846/41 - 72000 gal.

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Bedford articulated fuel tanker collected and delivered fuel to airfields from the civilian POOL system.

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POOL tanker.

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Matador fuel bowser.

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N /S Runway.

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N /S Runway.

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Memorial at the Apex of the Runways

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Set into the base of a landing light.

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Modern landing lights.

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Landing light.

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NE/SW Runway now a Drag Track looking East.

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Dispersal and Bomb Store Area and Dispersal

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Bomb store.

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Dispersal and Bomb Store Area and Dispersal.
120. Fuzing Point Building - light - 15964/40.
121. Fuzing Point Building - Heavy light - 15964/40.
122. Fuzing Point Building - Ultra heavy - 7900/41.
124-5-6-7 Bomb Stores - 'D' - 3164/42.
128. Component Store - 18185/42.
129. Fuzed & Spare Bombs - 4780/42.
132. Incendiary Bomb Store - 18185/42.
137. Incendiary & Pyro Store - 18185/42.
140. S.B.C. Stores No.4 -
141. Pyro Store - N - 1272/41.

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Bomb store - 'D' - 3164/42..

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Bomb train.

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Dispersed area, unfortunately I only have the Airfield Site Plan MEL:135:44 not the dispersed plan.

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Pea before you go.

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This looks like an Ablutions Block.

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7665/39 site plan.

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Water tank in tower.

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Concrete sink.

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Plan of bathrooms and showers.

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Nissen hut.

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The concrete road connecting the dispersed sites to the airfield.

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Nissen hut.

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Nissen hut.

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Nissen hut under construction

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Dispersed accommodation/

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Remains in a field, the tower is a water tower and the chimney out of the top from the heating to heat water for washing. So another ablutions block which also could be used as a decontamination hut.

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Boiler in an ablutions block.

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Heating.

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Another ablutions, seems to be a lot left around in 2011. The tower was to hold a water tank to give a head of water pressure for the toilets & showers.

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Water tank in the tower.

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Washing area.

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Sinks and taps.

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Standby set house. If the mains power failed, the standby engines would either automatically start up and power the camp.

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Generators.

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Volt meter.

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Sets of thee Blister hangars. These are out, just off the airfield and may have been an engineering workshops remaining damaged aircraft Items and maybe even engine repair. I have no idea why they are there. They could even be put there by an enterprising farmer buying them up after the war and rebuilding them on his farm as storage.

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Three Blister hangars.

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Enlarged Blister.

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Miskins Blister hangar.

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Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operation (FIDO)

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  70. Technical Latrine - 9025/41.
  78. Maintenance Unit - N - 12777/41.
  79. Armoury MU - N - 12777/41.
  80. Maintenance & Staff Block - N -.
  89. M&E Plinth - TB -.
  98. Fido Instillation - Tanks - J.G. -4--3-.
  99. Fido Instillation - Sleeping Quarters - N.
100.Fido Instillation - Stores - N.
101. Fido Instillation - Static Water Tank - B.
102. Fido Instillation - Fire Tender Hut - N.
103. Fido Instillation - Pump House - TB.
Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operation (FIDO) (which was sometimes referred to as "Fog Intense Dispersal Operation" or "Fog, Intense Dispersal Of") was a system used for dispersing fog and pea soup fog (dense smog) from an airfield so that aircraft could land safely. The device was developed by Arthur Hartley for RAF bomber stations, allowing the landing of aircraft returning in poor visibility by burning fuel in rows on either side of the runway. Wiki.

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FIDO from the air.

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The burning of FIDO..

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FIDO layout on the main runway at RAF Melbourne..

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