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    Ihave sat on this one for a fair while.earlier in the year I made quite a lot of trips here trying to find various bits of it.I had been on a visit here years ago and saw some bits,but I knew there was so much more to it.being near to me it was essy to go regularly to check it out.there is security on the site and cameras.so you just have to be a bit careful.Coltishall is now used as an industrial estate with many old buildings in use.it started off as battle of Britain fighter base during the second world war.fighter planes off various sorts were flown from here including hurricanes and spitfires.after the war it was used heavily in the cold war and was designated as a V bomber dispersal site.basically a back up airfield if the aircrafts hme airfield was damaged.the last planes to be based here was the jaguar jets.these saw service in the first gulf war.with the introduction of the euro fighter Coltishall was deemed none essential and so the station closed in 2006.it was a big question what was going to happen to the site.then Norfolk county council stepped in and bought it and this raised a few eyebrows.there track record is not great.
    Part two can be found here.

    https://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/mai...l-norfolk.html

    SERGEANTS MESS

    I have visited the officers mess a few times meeting up with pretty vacant and JSP o one time as they visited too.the sergeants mess though is like the officers mess but not so grand.here the NCO's could relax and unwind,there was accommodation provided on the wings and a new block added.







































    The more modern accommodation blocks.













    RECREATION

    As usual with the armed forces recreation is a big factor.on coltishall there was a pool,gym and five aside football plus fields for grass sports.sadly the gym is a no go now.





























    BATTERY MAINTENANCE

    This building was for storage off batteries for planes and veichles.jet planes carry some hefty batteries so a place was needed to store them safely,also there was a bit at the front for testing and draining the batteries.it had a morgue feel to it and now known as the battery morgue.























    BOMB STORES AND FUEL

    A different way in was needed to do these as they are a fair way from the main site.and with CCTV covering the way down I did not want to get caught in the open.like most airfields the bomb stores are located a fair way from the main base for safety.and near to where they would take off.here there was a large building for testing the bombs and making sure they were safe.nearby is the fuel stores.not sure if these were for the planes or not.



























    A more modern variety of the pillbox



    the fuelling area.

















    HANGAR

    AS per standard there are four hangars here.several are in use.most of the maintenance work on the planes went on in here.to the sides there is offices and canteen areas.there was seriously nice airmans graffiti in here.



















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    Excellent set there. Sad to seethe place slowly disintegrating. Let’s hope the council actually do something with the place. Thanks for doing this.
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    Nice set pics matethe Sargents mess
    Hasnít got the same nice feel about it as the officers mess

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    Great stuff Mikey, thank you.

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    As I mentioned in Part Two excellent stuff again, I like the paintings.
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    Well done, the murals are great..

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    Super stuff mikey!
    Informative and interesting urban exploration content...
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRO...e7PFGoxghAqKsA

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    Thank you all..the sergeants mess is deffo the poor man's version off the officers mess
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    Oh blimey a right old mix that lot!
    The photos at the beginning had awful carpets and wallpaper! Took me back decades that..
    Is the open internal tower thing actual accommodation? Do doors open out-over to rooms?? It reminds me of a prison. Actually being stationed somewhere like that would be torture for me!

    Lots of interesting bits to that place. Hopefully the buildings and land are put to use - I hate to see useful stuff ruined and lost.
    Did you smell any pipes to check for fuel? Asking for a friend that's all.

    Thanks for the mega effort with this.
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    Superb report, thanks! :)

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