This list of former RAF stations includes most of the stationsairfields and administrative headquarters previously used by the Royal Air Force.
The stations are listed under any former county or country name which was appropriate for the duration of operation. Stations initially took their name from the nearest railway station or halt to the airfield, e. Chain Home Extra Low equipment was co-located with "Chain Home" and "Chain Home Low" as well as at separate sites, but were of a less permanent nature, usually with mobile equipment. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia list article. This list is incomplete ; you can help by expanding it.
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Lawrence Chain Home Remote Reserve".The UK is littered with abandoned military bases, forgotten fragments of the past that now lay in a state of decay -- but it doesn't have to be like this. With a little bit of creative restoration these rusty, crumbling monuments can be transformed into factories, race tracks, luxury hotels and Bet Kitchener didn't see that coming.
We explore some of the most interesting conversions below. The base was closedand for several years the buildings were used to house families after the war. Now it's found a much more interesting existence, currently being used by the sports car manufacturer Lotus as their headquarters, factory and vehicle test track.
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Hethel isn't the only disused airbase to be adopted by the car industry, there's also the famous Dunsfold of Top Gear fameBedford Autodrome and Snetterton, to name a few. Maunsell Sea Forts are small towers built in the Thames estuary which provided defence from air raids during the Second World War. Despite looking relatively fragile, the forts are equivalent to military grade bunkers, and, as well as providing air defence, they are also deterred German minelayers.
The forts are responsible for taking down 22 planes, 30 flying bombs, and were instrumental in the loss of one U-boat, but were abandoned after the war and came to be inhabited by pirate radio stations. The most famous reused fort is now known as the Principality of Sealand, the self-declared micronation. The micronation is in international waters, it has its own government, royal family, national flag, stamps, coinage, and sports teams.
Sealand still exists today, ruled by Prince Michael, Paddy's son, but it's still not officially recognised as an official country - that didn't prevent the Pirate Bay fellas attempting to buy it in Thirty-three metres below Clapham is a network of tunnels which were built as bomb shelters during the Second World War. The tunnels are metres long, and could accommodate 8, people at the height of the Blitz.
Recently the tunnels have found a surprising use after being transformed into an urban farm by Zero Carbon Foods. Broccoli, pak choi, pea shoots, rocket and red lion mustard are grown in the space, making use of hydroponics and LED lights. The aim is to sell the leafy goodness within the M25, creating less waste in the process. Also know as Palmerston's Follies, these sea defences were built in the late s.
The four forts are located in the Solent, between the Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, and they were commissioned as an early defence against Napoleon III. The forts now have a new lease of life. No-Man's Fort was bought in and converted into a luxury residence, but Birmingham businessman Harmesh Pooni failed to find a buyer, so he barricaded himself inside to hide away from his creditors.
This Napoleonic Fort in Suffolk has been converted into a unique holiday cottage. Over towers were built along the south east coast, now only 47 survive, some have been converted into museums, visitor centres, galleries and private residences. This is our favourite transformation however, it uses modern design features blended perfectly with the historic structure and landscape The towers were never actually used in combat.
The Old War Office has 1, rooms and two miles of corridors. It's expected that the building will be redeveloped as a luxury hotel and residential apartments -- which is just what the capital needs. Originally eight towers were planned, but the war ended before even the first one was completed.
In this sole survivor was sunk at Nab Rock to act as a marker and lighthouse at the entry of the Solent. The tower has had a varied life, it brought down some aircraft during World War II, it was a manned lighthouse, and in it was the main setting of the Hammer Horror film The Dark Light. Now the Nab Tower is a fully autonomous, unmanned lighthouse, and made the news in when a freight ship named Dole-America collided with its concrete base. The ship was carrying bananas and pineapples, and only survived sinking by running aground.
But one fortification, Bulls Sands has found a particularly innovative new purpose -- a drug rehabilitation centre.
In the fort was sold to the Streetwise Charitable Trust. The plan was to transform it into an offshore detox sanctuary, where users can be isolated from external influences. Although lack of news surrounding the conversion suggests that the charity haven't been successful yet. OK, so this one clearly isn't in the UK, but it's too good an example of military conversions "done right" to leave out.To identify the airfield move the mouse over the aircraft icon.
Although not directly responsible for 'Anti-Aircraft' action, it was thought necessary to include airfields in the web-site. One of the most logical methods in defending the country from enemy aircraft was to fight like with like. During the early war years this was certainly the most common method until the AA gun batteries had all been established.
Indeed many AA sites including AA guns, searchlights, radar and locating equipment, were built around airfield sites. Many technical designs for locating aircraft were also developed from airfields. For a long time airfields were the main target of enemy attacks, so for these reasons airfields have been included.
Due to technical difficulties in reproducing maps on a small scale there may be errors in placement of some airfield icons. In reality some airfields were as close as 1 mile apart which would have resulted in icons overlapping. In order to display an uncluttered map they have been positioned as closely as possible to their correct positions. The icon is meant to show the position of the airfields relative to each other and to towns, they are not accurate enough to show distances. The information box gives details such as official namealternative name and which branch of the armed forces were known to occupy it during the Second World War.
Anyone interested in the full history of an airfield should consult one of the excellent web-sites about WW2 airfields. If anyone knows of any errors in the above map we would be pleased to hear from you, you can e-mail us. Extreme care has been taken to ensure that the information is accurate. We would be pleased to hear of any mistakes found on this web-site. Pages are updated regularly. In order to comply with the Data Protection Act personal information will not be published on this web-site or passed on to anyone not connected with anti-aircraft.
Any articles, advertisements or photographs found to be offensive,obscene, in bad taste or copyright will not be accepted for publication.Haunting pictures of the one-hundred-year old base show the slowly decaying facilities at RAF Upper Heyford, which is one of the oldest military air force bases on the planet and was the centre of US airpower in Europe during WW2.
Images show a rusting generator, ammunition boxes and heavy metal sheet buildings still in place and where the movie blockbusters such as Bond film, Octopussy and Zombie flick, World War Z were both filmed. Other shots show what appear to be military files strewn across an empty office with a filing cabinet discarded in the haste to move out.
The images were taken by British sales advisor and urban explorer Jason Kirkham, 44, from Staffordshire. RAF Upper Heyford has appeared in several film and television productions, portraying various fictional military sites.
In the movie Bond, played by Roger Moore, manages to stop a nuclear warhead from exploding at the base during a circus show.
List of Norfolk airfields
RAF Upper Heyford has also appeared on screen as recently as when it was used in zombie flick World War Z, with scenes featuring a supermarket and a large number of American cars. Upper Heyford does have some real military history as well. It was first used by the Royal Flying Corps in and brought into use for flying in July After the first world war it mainly used as a training facility and continued with this function until Sign in.
All Football. Related Stories. Cold comfort Holiday in Scandinavia anyone? You wouldn't want to stay in any of these spooky abandoned houses. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed here.This is a list of current or former military airfields within the English county of NorfolkEast Anglia.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia list article. Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 February The National Archives. Aviation Trails. Retrieved 23 November Control Towers. McAully Flying Group. Royal Air Force. Control Tower Stays. Seething Flying Club. Norfolk Gliding Club. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history.Lost Airfields of World War II: Suffolk
RAF Burgh Castle. RAF Bylaugh Hall.
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Headquarters of No. Bomber station. RAF Great Yarmouth. Land and seaplane base during WWI. RAF Harling Road. First World War. RAF Hingham. RAF Holt.
Norwich International Airport. Current home to the Panavia Tornado GR4. RAF No. The Control Tower is now a Bed and Breakfast with the rest of the site in agricultural use with some light industry in the former airfield buildings.
Runways used by Bernard Matthews as bases for turkey sheds. Thor IBRM station —This list of former RAF Stations is a list of all stationsairfieldsand administrative headquarters previously used by the Royal Air Force. The stations are listed under any former county or country name which was appropriate for the duration of operation. Chain Home Extra Low equipment was co-located with "Chain Home" and "Chain Home Low" as well as at separate sites, but were of a less permanent nature, usually with mobile equipment.
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RAF All Hallows. Ross and Cromarty. RAF Anderby Creek. RAF Anstruther. ALG, near Egerton. RAF Babbacombe. First World War "Landing Ground". RAF Baginton.
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Perth and Kinross. RAF Baldonnel. Republic of Ireland. Second World War Landing Ground. RAF Bassingbourn. RAF Beccles. RAF Bekesbourne. RAF Bembridge. RAF Biggin Hill. RAF Bishopscourt.
RAF Blaenanerch. RAF Blankney Hall. RAF Bognor. RAF Boscombe Down. RAF Brandy Bay. RAF Bratton. RAF Brizlee Wood. RAF Brooklands. RAF Burgh Castle.Bicester Airfield. Bicester, Oxfordshirebuilt as a bomber station from and retains grass airfield, airfield defences, bomb stores, perimeter track and hardstandings added during the Second World War. Calshot, Hampshireopened inbest-preserved of chain of contemporary seaplane bases.
Catterick, North Yorkshireoriginally a Home Defence Station inis the best preserved fighter sector station in the north of England, retaining group of First World War hangars. Cosford, Shropshireopened in as No. Debden, Essexopened as a fighter station in and noted for the largely intact preservation of its flying field and defensive perimeter.
Duxford, Cambridgeshirefamous Battle of Britain fighter station, later used as USAAF fighter station, also retains best-preserved technical fabric remaining from a site up to November Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and former R.
East Kirkby. Copyright Chris and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence. Elvington, Yorkshireopened October Halifax Bombers based at Elvington were heavily engaged in the Battle of the Ruhr in early and in May and Junetwo heavy bomber squadrons of the Free French Air Force formed there. Halton, Buckinghamshireestablished as the centre for technical training for the Royal Flying Corps in An overgrown pillbox near Henlow Airfield.
Henlow, Bedfordshirefive General Service Sheds comprise the most complete ensemble of hangar buildings on any British site for the period up to Hullavington, Wiltshireopened as a Flying Training Station and embodies to a unique degree the improved architectural quality associated with the post Expansion Period of the RAF.
Larkhill, Wiltshireone of the two sites in Britain where aircraft sheds built in association with the early pioneers of powered flight have survived.
As historically significant as the remains of the Wright Brothers workshops and the resited Boeing workshop at Seattle. Ludham, Norfolkopened in as a forward operating base for Fighter Command. Manby, Lincolnshireafter Hullavington the most complete and architecturally unified of the post Expansion Period stations in Britain. Netheravon, Wiltshirebegun inthe most complete of the sites relating to formative phase in the development of military aviation in Europe, prior to the First World War.
Barbed wire at the edge of Northolt Airfield. Northolt, London Borough of Hillingdonone of the 11 Group sector stations which played a significant operational role in the Battle of Britain. Memorial commemorates the contribution of Polish airmen to the Allied war effort. North Weald, Essexfighter sector station with Battle of Britain associations, and after Kenley and Debden retains the best-preserved of the landscapes put in place by Fighter Command at the beginning of the Second World War.
Spitalgate, Lincolnshireopened as a training station inone of few retained for use by the RAF after The first combined bombing raid with British and American personnel was launched from Swanton Morley on June 29with both Churchill and Eisenhower present.
Uxbridge, London Borough of Hillingdondeveloped as a major armaments training school at the end of the First World War and then as a recruit-training centre for the RAF in the s.
Underground bunker of contains the Group Operations Room from where the vital 11 Fighter Group was commanded during the Battle of Britain. Post The best historical facial reconstructions The best historical facial reconstructions The best historical facial reconstructions. Hi, A very interesting article but was saddened to see that Lissett, home of Friday 13th Halifax heavy bomber of Squadron of Group 4 Bomber Command has not been included.
Each year Squadron have a memorial service at Lissett that is fairly well attended, and the Association has many tales to tell. Is it possible for Lissett to be included in this list? Thanks Dee, thanks for the tip.