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Thread: RAF Cleave, North Cornwall

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2008
    North Cornwall

    Default RAF Cleave, North Cornwall

    Visited back in March time, but never got round to doing a write up on it, or anything

    Stolen from Wikipedia:
    'RAF Cleave was conceived as housing target and target support aircraft for firing ranges along the north Cornwall coast and land was acquired from Cleave Manor.

    In May 1939 two flights of 1 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit (1 AACU) with the Westland Wallace and a naval steam catapult was soon erected near the cliffs for the pilotless Queen Bee aircraft due to be stationed there. Aircraft were initially housed in temporary Bessoneaux hangers (type H of World War 1 vintage) and later replaced by more permanent structures.

    In December 1943, the 4 Flights were amalgamated into 639 Squadron, which served at Cleave for the remainder of the war.

    The airfield was put under maintenance in April 1945 and later became a government signals station.'

    Post war, the site became:
    'GCHQ Bude, formerly called the GCHQ Composite Signals Organisation Station Morwenstow is a satellite ground station located on the north Cornwall coast between the small villages of Morwenstow and Coombe, UK operated by the British signals intelligence service'.

    It is therefore very live, so its not advisable to take snaps directly point at the place. they get a bit assey lol

    one of 5/6 pillboxes around the site

    A bleak view from the post

    foundation for something?

    mounting for something related to the steam catapult?

    Steam catapult base, used for launching Queen Bee Drones

    The view, fromt the Catapult base, Bude in the far distance

    Access road that surrounds the site, and dish in the background

    More perimeter road

    AA gun hardstanding

    Bunker/pillbox, a bit collapsed

    Ramp, for a mobile RADAR array

    the pillboxes on the south side of the base

    Building foundations, north side of the base

    Aerial footings

    Pillbox on north side, now used as a fence post

    Norcon defences? like a pill box or something?

    There were a few other structures on site, but they are much closer to the live site perimeter, and i didn't feel like answering any questions lol

  3. #2
    Join Date
    January 2007
    East Devon's Jurassic Park!


    Brilliant stuff, Bloomers. That's a really exciting site. Great find and research.
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  5. #3
    Join Date
    April 2008
    Ulverston, Cumbria


    Could the last picture be a LAA gun pit like this -

    Just plain old

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