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West Raynahm Airfield stands in the middle of nowhere, around 10 miles East of Kings Lynn. It was constucted around 1938 1939ish as far as we can ascertain. A typical Airfield of the time it has 4 Large Ctype Hangars arranged in an Arc in front of the Bomber Taxiway. No 101 Squadron operated from here as early as 1940 flying Blenheims mainly against German Oil Installations on the Dutch Coast. I visited with HypoBoy, Kizza and Mabs, nice to meet you Guys it was a great Day.. Part of the Airmens Accomodation I think
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Speaks for itself really
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An Awful long time since this was Rung!
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The Very Heavy Bomber Command Tower one of only four in Existence
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Front of C Type Hangar
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These are Fire Truck Garages at the rear of the Big Control Tower?
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Smaller original Control Tower
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Inside one of the Type C hangars! Thanks Mabs for this!
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A few from the Station Headquarters, I loved this building, All Sash Windows and Art Deco style Stairs,
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Inside The Airmens Restaurant, this place was Massive, must have been quite something when Busy
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A Huge Bread Oven?
Well thats it, sorry for the Amount of shots but this place is fantastic! Look foward to seeing the other shots you guys!
 
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I like this! Looks like a better version of Newton. Shame it's a long way from me :(

Thanks a lot James. We were all suprised how Intact a lot of the Buildings were. I have a feeling its because its such a Rural Location.:)
 

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Nice choice of pics. Was a good explore, and weather was perfect! It is good to see a site like this still in good condition. I still have to go through my pictures and will post some later.:)
 

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Nice choice of pics. Was a good explore, and weather was perfect! It is good to see a site like this still in good condition. I still have to go through my pictures and will post some later.:)

It was a bloody awesome explore Kizza. One of my best yet. what was your favourite bit? I especially liked the Station Headquarters and Airmens Restaurant.
 
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Oh crap that's epic. Love those boilers, and the hangars. Seriously good work. Climb the water tower?

No Clebby cause some Bugger had taken the Ladder away! I am shit scared of heights so there is no way I could have done it! Hypo and Kizza would have taken the Option had it been there I bet!:lol:
 

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It was a bloody awesome explore Kizza. One of my best yet.

Glad you enjoyed it mate. If you're ever down this way, we'll have to organise a visit to Upwood. I can't believe just how identical Raynham is in places, except far better preserved. Shame bits like the decontam blocks were all boarded up, as they'd be amazing to see inside.

A lot of my pics are pretty average, but a few of the better ones...















I love this one though. The whole boat in a hangar thing was so surreal! Think I might have to edit this a bit and get a print done :)

 

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Glad you enjoyed it mate. If you're ever down this way, we'll have to organise a visit to Upwood. I can't believe just how identical Raynham is in places, except far better preserved. Shame bits like the decontam blocks were all boarded up, as they'd be amazing to see inside.

A lot of my pics are pretty average, but a few of the better ones...















I love this one though. The whole boat in a hangar thing was so surreal! Think I might have to edit this a bit and get a print done :)


They are awesome Hypo. That Boat was almost Ghostly! I almost expected to see a Ghost of a Sailor next to it! Just wish I could have got through the window! I have never been to a Decomtamination Block, what are they like?
 

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I have never been to a Decomtamination Block, what are they like?

Very dark :lol:

They're basically one huge bunker full of shower blocks, with chutes for disposal of the contaminated clothing. There's a couple at Upwood, but they're pretty trashed these days. From the looks of things, the ones at Raynham are probably like new so a shame they were inaccessible, as they'd make for some great pictures.
 

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Even if this post has nothing to to with my favorite old railways, I think this is a great post. Some really nice shots here. Is there any activity on the site today ?
 

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Great collection of pics all of you..Upwood is very much like this place..I reckon your first pic is the officers mess going by the the arched doorways..even the spiral stairs look like Upwoods...the big building you say had sash windows is probably Station HQ..was it opposite the guardhouse by any chance?
 

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Very dark :lol:

They're basically one huge bunker full of shower blocks, with chutes for disposal of the contaminated clothing. There's a couple at Upwood, but they're pretty trashed these days. From the looks of things, the ones at Raynham are probably like new so a shame they were inaccessible, as they'd make for some great pictures.

That would have been very interesting. I am definetly be up for a look at Upwood:) sometime.
 

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I am definetly be up for a look at Upwood:) sometime.

Just give us a shout any time mate. It's only 10 minutes up the road, so a revisit is pretty convenient for me. Shame it's getting so trashed, but worth it for the tanks if nothing else :)
 

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I just wish we could of got into the control tower! You have got to come to upwood, i know you can climb that water tower!
 

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Just give us a shout any time mate. It's only 10 minutes up the road, so a revisit is pretty convenient for me. Shame it's getting so trashed, but worth it for the tanks if nothing else :)

I know its in Cambs mate but where exactly? I know Cambs fairly well as I have relatives there.
 

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Are we talking about USAAF or RAF Hypo.

A bit of everything :)

It was originally a Royal Flying Corps field during WW1, then a major Pathfinder station during WW2. Towards the end of the war, it was a bit like a hub off which all the other airfields in the area radiated. After WW2, it was USAAF - part of the tri base group with Molesworth and Alconbury. It closed in '94 and most of it was sold off, except for a little bit off to one side which is still USAAF. All the hangars are now used for industry and the runways are used for gliding, but the rest of the site just sits there decaying. The developers are trying to turn it into an eco village, but I'd guess that's probably on hold until the housing market picks up.
 

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A bit of everything :)

It was originally a Royal Flying Corps field during WW1, then a major Pathfinder station during WW2. Towards the end of the war, it was a bit like a hub off which all the other airfields in the area radiated. After WW2, it was USAAF - part of the tri base group with Molesworth and Alconbury. It closed in '94 and most of it was sold off, except for a little bit off to one side which is still USAAF. All the hangars are now used for industry and the runways are used for gliding, but the rest of the site just sits there decaying. The developers are trying to turn it into an eco village, but I'd guess that's probably on hold until the housing market picks up.

Well to be honest, there was a company supposed to be converting West Raynham into Houses but I have heard that the Site has recently changed hands.
 

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