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    Construction of the R3 bunker was completed in 1954. From 1984 - 1985 Strike Command's (UKAIR) Interim Alternative War HQ was established in the R3 operations block while a new Strike Command Bunker was being built at High Wycombe, during the construction period the bunker at Bawdsey was given a short new lease of life. The R3 was given a refit and temporary equipment was installed. At this time the central operations room was altered and a new control cabin installed above. When the new bunker at High Wycombe was ready the team pulled out of Bawdsey, their equipment was stripped and the bunker was abandoned.

    Following the closure of RAF Bawdsey in 1990 both the main stairway and the emergency exit stairway were capped with 10" of concrete. By this time both the mains electrical supply and the air conditioning plant was considered unsafe.
















































    Visited with Mikeymutt.

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    Rubex
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    Nicely done, must have been quite dark in there but your photos have come out well.
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    Great set rubex.it was refreshingly cool down there.glad it was still doable ☺
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    Makes a change to see a site like in pretty good nick and clean.Great photos.

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    Proper Job Rubex, Thanks
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    Very well done given the fact you have absolutely no light (or clean air) at all. No telephony switchboard shots you two?

    And I notice some pond life has had the sink off the wall in the generator room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones out View Post
    Very well done given the fact you have absolutely no light (or clean air) at all. No telephony switchboard shots you two?

    And I notice some pond life has had the sink off the wall in the generator room.
    Cheers Bones Out! When I got back and checked other reports on the place I realised I missed that switchboard. Probably a few other cool things too. This is one place I'd definitely love to revisit! To be honest we were checking out other stuff in the area and hadn't planned to go down, but after recently hearing it had been sealed we decided to check if it was. You're right about the air down there, luckily I had a P3 mask in my bag but I was still glad to get out into fresh air.

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    Just love these old cold war sites,so thanks Rubex for getting these wonderful shots.One question,was the, disguised to look like a bungalow, gaurd house still there?

    second photo down on this link

    Subterranea Britannica: RSG: Sites: RAF Bawdsey Rotor Radar Station
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    Cool stuff! Glad you finally got to see it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldscrote View Post
    Just love these old cold war sites,so thanks Rubex for getting these wonderful shots.One question,was the, disguised to look like a bungalow, gaurd house still there?

    second photo down on this link

    Subterranea Britannica: RSG: Sites: RAF Bawdsey Rotor Radar Station

    The first picture Rubex has posted is inside the bunker guard house bungalow. It's had a recent hard life compaired to some still out there.
    :::::: Growing old disgracefully ::::::

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