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    Default Raf Upwood, Cambridgeshire


    Visited with Gangeox recently.

    Raf Upwood is located next to the village of Upwood, Cambridgeshire. It is close to Huntingdon and Raf Alconbury. It closed in 1994 and is now derelict. Only the Aircraft Hangers remain in use but belong to a private company.

    The site was requisitioned by the Royal Flying Corps in 1917 and opened in September of that year. It was known as Bury, being close to that village. At this time it was only used for night landing as a satellite field for 75 Squadron based in Elmswell, Suffolk. The site was expanded in 1918, with new buildings being erected including five hangers and a watch tower. It was then renamed to Upwood. As World War I ended the air field was no longer required, so in June 1919 it closed, all the buildings were flattened and the land returned to the local community.

    The Air field was reopened in the early 1930's as Britain saw the need for an improved Airforce. New buildings were built and the base designed to house two medium bomber squadrons with room for a third if needed.













































    More history and photos here
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    Excellent photos, Neo. Quite a few pics of things I haven't seen in a thread from here before. Neat! :)
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    Fantastic photos -love that old Cell door! :)
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    I also love these shots especially the last one...not sure about the watermark though,it detracts away from the shot..just my opinon,so please dont be offended.:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    Excellent photos, Neo. Quite a few pics of things I haven't seen in a thread from here before. Neat! :)
    Thanks Foxy, it is always good to post something different from a well known place.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lightbuoy View Post
    Fantastic photos -love that old Cell door! :)
    Thanks Lightbuoy, the cell was a bonus, would have hated to stay in it. I am sure they chose the worst colour they could find to paint it with. 10 mins and it was doing my head in.

    Quote Originally Posted by klempner69 View Post
    I also love these shots especially the last one...not sure about the watermark though,it detracts away from the shot..just my opinon,so please dont be offended.:)
    Thanks Stu, not offended in the slightest. Watermarking has become a necessary evil it would seem, I guess it depends on how much marking is really needed. Still its good advertising
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    Excellent photos, Neo. Quite a few pics of things I haven't seen in a thread from here before. Neat! :)
    I'm sure there's probably lots more to be seen that hasn't been posted. When me and a mate visited with UrbanX and co recently, we clocked the odd thing I'm going to have to go back and investigate at some point soon before they start redevelopment. The place is so big, you can only really see so much of it in a day!

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    Great report Sir! Just mirroring what everyone else has said, but this place has been reported on loads (mainly by me probably!) and you've found some awesome new angles.
    Hypoboy drop us a PM if your heading back, I'm always up for a revisit and am just up t'road! :p
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    That's excellent. I am not a huge fan of military sites but this has wet my appetite
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    Thanks guys
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    [QUOTE=Neosea;117964]Thanks guys[/QUB Brilliant shots there Neosea. Well Done. Just one other thing to say to you! DELTICS!!!:biglaugh:
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