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In 1940 it was deemed by the Air Ministry that the area - South west of Bristol. north of Exeter and south of Cardiff/Swansea, needed a fighter airfield , work commenced on Winkleigh Airfield which was to be used as a satellite for RAF Chivenor, Coastal Command.

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1 x T2 hangar.
2 x Runways.
8 x Blister hangars.
6 x FCW 4513 fighter pens.
6 x None standard fighter pens.
21 x Circular (frying pan) fighter dispersals..
2 x Bulk Fuel Installation (Aviation).
1 x Braithwaite water tower 60,000gal.
1 x 25yd machine gun range.
1 x aircraft machine gun stop butt.
9 x Dispersed sites.

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PB - Perminent Brick.
TB - Temporary Brick.
N - Nissen Hutting.
T - Thorson Hut?
St - Steel.
P&W - Post & Wire.
B&Sand - Brick & Sand?
Clay&Conc - Clay & Concrete.
B.S. - Blast Shelter.
A.S. - Air Raid Shelter.

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Braithwaite water tower 60,000gal. Site No.10.

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Parachute Store - TB - 11137/41.

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Night Flying Equipment Store - TB - 12411/41.

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Flood Light & Trailer Shed - TB - 12411/41.

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Fire Tender Shed - TB - 12410/41.

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Over Blister Hangar - ST - 12532/41.

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Work started in 1940 and opened around 1943 under 10Grp. Fighter Command. Designed in the Crossbow Layout . Many different types of aircraft were flown from here including Spitfires, Hurricanes, Mosquito's and even 161 Squadron flying Lysanders.
This was a "Black" squadron, flying dangerous secret sorties delivering and collecting spies from occupied Europe.

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10 Group RAF.

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Moonlight operations.

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Low level Mosquito attack.

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Airfield Site:
1 - Bulk Petrol Installation (Aviation) - 36,000g - 14036/41.
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
4 - Signals Panel.
9 - MT Shed - TB - 12775/41.
77 - M.G.Range 4 Firing Point - .25yd - 147/41.
78 - M.G. test Butt - Earth - 16461/41.

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4 - Signals Panel.

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9 - MT Shed - TB - 12775/41.


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9 - MT Shed - TB - 12775/41. How it may have looked..

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.

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Plan.

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1568/41 with four windows.


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1568/41 the watch office room. (RAF Metford 13726/41 type in 1944 from '353 FG Archive').

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
A very good view of the smaller Watch Office windows on the ground floor, these are smaller due to it being a night flying tower. That means the room would need lighting and as there was a total blackout, the smaller windows were easier to cover.

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
Rear entrance.

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
Watch Office.

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Watch office.

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
Watch Office with Pyro cupboard in the corner. Pyrotechnic cupboard was to hold flair cartridges and flair gun/guns.
If these ignited for any reason, the inside door being a steel sheet door and locked. An ignition of the flairs would then heat up and explode and the glass outer window would blow out. Allowing the steel door to keep the occurrence safer from the explosion. The concrete and brick shelve would also protect the occurrence inside.

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1941 British No.3 Mk1 flair cartridges.

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
As the plan says " A/Mens Lavy".

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15684/41 plan.

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3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
Steel windows from Crittall.

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Still in business today.

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Crittall.

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
"Officers Lavy" this time.

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
Met office and in the corner, the Met store or the teleprinter area. which ever was needed. On the left would have been a chart bench.

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Meteorological officer, sending up a weather balloon.

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Map of the South of England.

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WAAF at a Met table.

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
Looking back down the central corridor, on the right is a cupboard which often has concrete shelves. This was the flag cupboard. Behind it was the Rest Room for Officers and Airmen.

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Rest room.

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
Stairs to the first floor.

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
First floor.

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
Control Room with the door out to the balcony and the stairs to the roof.

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
Control Room with three hatches from the signals office.

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
Looking the other way in the Control Room.

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
The view from the Control Room.

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Airfield Site:
3 - Control Tower -TB- 15684/41.
Corridor running back to the stairs.

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Airfield Site:
9 - MT Shed - TB - 12775/41.
A door stop, all that is left of this MT building.

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MT Shed - TB - 12775/41.

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Door stops at RAF Weston Zoylands old MT workshop garage.

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Airfield Site:
Behind the Control Tower
Clockwise: -

1 - view to the watch office through where huts and offices would have filled this space.

2 - a door stop, all that is left of this MT building.

3 - Motor Transport building with its
concrete bollards to protect the doors and door posts from RAF drivers.

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Airfield Site:
Possibly an M&E plinth. Where all the power for this site would have been taken. An armoured cable ran right around the airfield linking up the different sites.

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Plan.

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Airfield Site:
M&E plinth inside

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Airfield Site:
Behind the watch office.

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Airfield runways
Looking at the cross of the two runways. The runway layout was the crossbow design with only two runways.

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Perimeter track
The perimeter track, more a very wide road. This track runs right around the runways so planes could manoeuvre without blocking the runways, allowing other aircraft to land or take off safely.

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Plan.

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77 - M.G.Range 4 Firing Point - .25yd - 147/41.
78 - M.G. test Butt - Earth - 16461/41.
The range was for RAF personnel to practice shooting and machine guns removed from aircraft to be tested.
The earth piled up on the left is the 78 - M.G. test Butt - Earth - 16461/41 This butt is for aircraft machine guns to be sighted and adjusted to the pilots wishes.

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Hurricane at the butts..

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25yd Machine gun range
Looking at the range butts. Sand would have been piled up against the far wall to catch the bullets. This is a standard RAF design range 147/41.

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Airfield Site
46 - Sleeping Shelter - PB - for33 - for18 - 10142/41.
47 - Gen. Rep. & Gun Cl'ng Workshop - TB - 865641.
48 - Drying Room - N - 13214/42.
49 - RAF Latrine - TB - 9026/41.
50 - Recreation Hut - N.
51 - Flight Office - N - 13214/41.
52 - Sleeping Shelter - for33 - 11049/41.
53 - M&E Plinth.
54to57 - Blister Hangars - St - 29ft - 12532/41.
58 - W.T. & Gun Cleaning Workshop - TB - 3656/42.
59 - RAF Latrine - TB - 9026/41.
60 - Hangar - St- T2(13) - 10317/41.
61 - Bulk Petrol Installation (Aviation) - 24,000g - 13083/41.
62 - S.A.A Store - N - 12725/41.
63to66 - Blister Hangars - St - Extra Over- 12532/41.
69 - Sleeping Shelter - PB - for 33 - 11049/41.
70 - RAF Latrine - TB - 9026/41.
71 - Drying Room - N - 13214/41.
72 - Recreation Hut - N.
73 - Flight Office - N - 13214/41.

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62 - S.A.A Store - N - 12725/41. Possibly like this.

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.303 Ammunition.

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61 - Bulk Petrol Installation (Aviation) - 24,000g - 13083/41.
This was the fuel pump house for the bulk petrol installation (aviation as opposed vehicles).

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Plan.

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Aviation fuel pumps.

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Aviation fuel pumps.

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61 - Bulk Petrol Installation (Aviation) - 24,000g - 13083/41.
Steel door.

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61 - Bulk Petrol Installation (Aviation) - 24,000g - 13083/41.
Inside where the pump would have sat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elevation view of a pump house plan 15425/40.

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Early aircraft re fueling, using a tractor and a trailer tanker.

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Hurricane and a trailer bowser.

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Leyland articulated petrol delivery tanker belonging to a civilian Organisation POL.

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58 - W.T. & Gun Cleaning Workshop - TB - 3656/42.

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Armourers loading aircraft guns.

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Gun cleaning.

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60 - Hangar - St- T2(13) - 10317/41.
T2 Hangar
This the T2 hangar. There were also eight Blister hangars.

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60 - Hangar - St- T2(13) - 10317/41.
T2 Hangar
From the main road this is all I could see of the hangar and you can just make out the top door runners that stick out both sides of hangars.

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Door and door runner construction.

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Building a T2 hangars.

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Fighter Dispersal
The only fighter dispersal I could find. It's just a circle of concrete and tarmacked over. To park a fighter plane off of the grass.

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Plan.

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Aircraft dispersal.

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Spitfire at dispersal being re fueled.

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Fighter Dispersal Pen
A fighter dispersal pen is an area where a fighter would be protected on three sides by an earth bank. A plane would be placed inside its walls . If attacked the walls of earth would give some protection from blast.

This Pen has now sprouted trees and it is hard to see. There were two sizes, one for single engined fighters. Or one larger for twin engined fighter, the Bristol Blenheim.

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Fighter pen 11070/41 plan.

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Bristol Blenheim fighter.

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Cockpit.

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Fighter Dispersal Pen
Looking into the air-raid shelter entrance which is an integral part of the central section in the earth mound surrounding the pen.

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Fighter pen 11070/41 plan.

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Assembling a Stanton shelter.

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Fighter Dispersal Pen
Looking inside the air-raid shelter. It is a standard Stanton shelter fitted into the pen. There are three entrances, one at the rear and one to each bay.

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The RAF Winkleigh War Memorial.

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The RAF Winkleigh War Memorial.

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Some details.

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Another fighter pen.

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Fighter Pen.

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Site of a 54to57 - Blister Hangar - St - 12532/41.

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Blister hangar.

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Blister hangar.

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Over Blister hangar frame.

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Unknown building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And inside. It has windows but looks like a sleeping shelter?

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Blast shelter 2360/41.
An air-raid shelter that basically, you run in and get down low. When a bomb explodes, the blast goes over the top and the walls save you.
The tin is from an old Nissen hut, just dumped.

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Blast shelter plan 2360/41.

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Blast shelter plan 2360/41.

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48? - Drying Room - N - 15241/41.
A Nissen hut 24ft wide with a porch fitted to the end ad may have been the Drying Room.

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48? - Drying Room - N - 15241/41.
A Nissen hut 24ft wide with a porch fitted to the end ad may have been the Drying Room.

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48? - Drying Room - N - 15241/41.
A Nissen hut 24ft wide with a porch fitted to the end ad may have been the Drying Room.

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69 - Sleeping Shelter - PB - for33 - 11049/41.
This one sleeps 32 men, sleeping shelters come in three sizes, 18 - 24 - 32 all multiples of thee. The bunks inside are teared three high.

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Plan of a sleeping shelter, showing the internal small wallls where bunks fit between them, three high. Just a blast wall entrance and no toilets or washing facilities, infarct no mod cons at all.

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Each made wooden bunks. Most were just four metal brackets on the walls and a wooden frame with Chicken wire stretched over it.

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69 - Sleeping Shelter - PB - for33 - 11049/41.
One of the blast wall entrances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside with all internal walls removed.

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46 - Sleeping Shelter - PB - for18 - 11042/41.
Air ventilation via an electric fan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other entrance,

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70 - RAF Latrine (at dispersal) - TB - 9026/41.

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9026/41 plan.

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47 - Gen. Rep. & Gun Cl'ng W'kshop - TB - 8656/42.
A fighter would have around eight guns, there were six planes in the three fighter pens, which makes 72 guns to keep cleaned and serviced.

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.303 Browning.

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47 - Gen. Rep. & Gun Cl'ng W'kshop - TB - 8656/42.

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47 - Gen. Rep. & Gun Cl'ng W'kshop - TB - 8656/42.

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Another Fighter Pen

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Connecting way to a Blister hangar.

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Site No. 1: Airfield
1 - Bulk Petrol Instillation (Aviation) - 36000g - 14036/41.
3 - Control Tower - TB - 15684/41.
4 - Signal Panel (Square).
5 - Squadron Office - N - 15645/41.
6 - Squadron Office - N - 15645/41.
8 - Link Trainer Building - Double - TB - 10040/41.
9 - MT Shed - TB - 12775/41.
12 - N.F.E. Store - TB - 12411/41
13 - Speech Broadcasting Building - TB - 10786/41.
14 - Parachute Store - TB - 11137/41.
15 - F.L. Trailer and Tractor Store - TB - 12431/41.
18 - M.T. Petrol Installation (lub) 5000g - 4619/40.
29 - Main Store - N - 12773/41.
30 - Fabric store - TB - 12773/41.
31to33 Accommodation, latrines & Dining for For Italian Collaboration Labour Corps.
36 - Main Workshops - N - 12774/41.
40 - Fuel Compound - P&W - 9108/41.
41 - Sub Station - PB - 13241/41.

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30 - Fabric Store details very sketch?
Fabric Store type 12773/41 part of the main store. Now demolished.
Usually this store was part of a three building 'Main Store'. But here it was built as a stand alone fabric store.

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AN original three building, main store plan.

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Dispersed Site No. 2 (Communal)
102 - Station C. O.'s Quarters - TB - 9023/41.
105 Officers Mess - TB - 91to100 - 16322/41.
106 - Sergeants Showers & Ablutions - TB - 14447/41.
107 - Officers Bath House - PB - 16322/41.
108 - Gymnasium and Chapel - TB - 16428/40.
111 - Standby Set House - PB - 16302/41.
112 - A.M. Showers, Ablution & Decontamination - 1001to1100 - TB - 14433/41.
115 - Dining Room - N - 1100 - 16677/41.

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102 - Station C. O.'s Quarters - TB - 9023/41.
105 Officers Mess - TB - 91to100 - 16322/41.
108 - Gymnasium and Chapel - TB - 16428/40.

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Station C. O.'s Quarters - TB - 9023/41 at RAF Davidstow Moor, exactly the same type.

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Site No.2 Communal
112 - A.M. Showers, Ablution & Decontamination - 1001to1100 - TB - 14433/41.
Airman's showers, ablutions and decontamination block. Decontamination was taken seriously. On big stations, very large four entry decontamination blocks were built with air conditioning and heating for water. Where cloths could be changed and gas victims treated. Here there just seems to be a row of standard type TB hutting used. As the war went on, decontamination blocks were re used as stores and the showers used for airmens shower blocks.

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Site No.2 Communal
111 - Standby Set House - PB - 16302/41.
Most RAF stations were powered by the grid, but on occasions this may go down and so a generator house was always provided. The size of the house meant how important the station was. One standby set, not too important. Three in a row, very important.
This one was quite a big one.

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16302/41 plan.

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Site No.2 Communal
115 - Dining Room - N - 1100 - 16677/41.
Plan of the type of dinning room.

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Plan of how a dinning room. Three long (here Nissen huts 24ft) with the middle, Preparation &cooking area.

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I have attached a larger picture of the stove area. This was set usually in the centre of the dinning room with a chimney surrounded by ovens and hot plates. All run by coal/coke fired. So some poor Erk or a civilian would have to keep the fires burning to the correct temperatures all day and night.

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107 - Officers Bath House - PB - 16322/41.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten years difference in these pictures.

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Another water tower showing the steel ladder to access the tank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blast pen now covered in old wood.

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Blast pen and this one has a roof over it, maybe the farmer added the structure??

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Blast shelter plan 2360/41.

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Site No.6 (W.A.A.F Communal)
Dispersed Site No. 2 (W.A.A.F.) Communal, We tried to ask if we could photograph but two growling Sheep dogs said we could not. I did manage to take a few shots. This looks like accommodation, mostly Nissen huts.


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Site No.6 (W.A.A.F Communal)
Dispersed Site No. 2 (W.A.A.F.) Communal, We tried to ask if we could photograph but two growling Sheep dogs said we could not. I did manage to take a few shots. This looks like accommodation, mostly Nissen huts.


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Site No.6 (W.A.A.F Communal), a typical Nissen Hut with a toilet block added. On the plan it shows it as a guard hut picket post.

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Site No.6 (W.A.A.F Communal)Water tank still in place above the latrines.

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Site No.6 (W.A.A.F Communal)
Site No.6 accommodation Nissen huts. Dinning room and Sergeants mess.

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Site No.6 (W.A.A.F Communal)
Inside an accommodation Nissen hut

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Site No.5
230 - Sergeant & A/M's Ablutions & Dr'g.room - TB - 16315/41.
Dispersed Site No.5, this is a standard wartime airmens ablutions and drying room hut with a Stanton air-raid shelter in front which has a porch covering its entrance. I have never seen a porch fitted before to a Stanton shelter. The hut is now lived in as a private house and half the field is a cemetery with burial's of a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now part is the towns cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stanton Air Raid shelter.

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Plan of a 7665/39.

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Plan.

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Stanton shelter.

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Centre of Winkleigh and I saw this old Garage with a nice Art deco design. Being an old garage owner I tend to look out for them.

A very good history of RAF Winkleigh written by David Freeman.