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When the RAF started their expansion Scheme 'A' 1934 and continued through to 'M' 1938. The airfield design was quite a tight knit unit. As in the picture of Dishforth. Three, four or five hangars in a semi circle to the landing ground and behind the technical site, with two fuel installations each side, a bomb store out on the perimeter and behind the technical site the living or communal site. With Officers, Sergeants Mess's. Mens Institute, H barrack buildings. Etc. With the start of the war and the real threat of bombing, the RAF had to re design their ideas and here they had their technical site and Instructional by the airfield but their communal sites a long way back and also hidden in woodland.

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RAF Dishforth expansion period.

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RAF Wyton expansion period..

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RAF Southrop WW2.

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Each dispersed area was named and numbered. The main area was the Communal site where the Officers Mess, Sergeants Mess, and Institute.
Our route (in 2004) we came in from the north and walked down the main track and worked our way to the Sewage Site in the south. Site No1, No.2 and the WAAF Site we did not visit on this trip.

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50 - Officers Mess Type '68' - TB - 2440/41 + 10216/42.

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52 - Sergeants Mess - TB - 3441/41 + 10217/42.

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56 - Institute & NAFI Staff Qtrs. - TB - 3446/41 + 10219/42.

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Macaroni Wood.

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The walk in on a lovely Autumn day.

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Stanton air-raid shelter

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Stanton air-raid shelter.

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Stanton air-raid shelter

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Brick entrance.

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Stanton air-raid shelter

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Escape.

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Escape.

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Stanton air-raid shelter

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A complete shelter.
They would hold around 30/32 people and if you count the shelters, multiply by about 30 and you have the number of men/women stationed in the area.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, Site No 3
242 - Officers Ablutions & Latrines - TB

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Inside how it may have looked.

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RAF Charmy Down.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, Site No 3
242 - Officers Ablutions & Latrines - TB

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Base for a pot bellied stove, to keep the airmen worm in their showers.

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Stove on its concrete plinth.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, No 3
242 - Officers Ablutions & Latrines - TB

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One of the wash rooms.

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Plan of baths & showers in a 7665/39.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, Site No 3
242 - Officers Ablutions & Latrines - TB

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Sink shelf for washing.

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A concrete sink would have sat on the top.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, Site No 3
230 - Picket Post - TB - 3443/41

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Picket Post for Site 3, this post is where every serviceman/woman who entered the site or left the site, would have to sign in & out.

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Plan of a Picket Post.

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50 - Officers Mess Type '68' - TB - 34404/41 + 10216/42.
51 - Officers Bath House & Latrines - TB - 3449/41.
52 - Sergeants Mess Type '199' - TB - 3441/41 + 102177/42.
54 - Dining Room Type '673' - TB - 3445/41 + 10218/42.
56 - Institute & NAAFI staff Qtrs. - TB - 3446/41.
58 - Airmen´s Showers & Ablutions - TB - 3449/41.
62 - Stand-by Set House - B - 10883/41.
63 - WAAF Rest Room 10215/42 + TO4929.
64 - High Level Water Tank 30,000gals - St - TD. 4094.

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Braithwaite water tower.

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Officers mess.

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Institute.

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59 - Airmen´s Latrine - TB -3443/41

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.An elongated 3443/41 latrine with possibly a washing area added on.

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Plan.

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Plan.

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Hypholoma fasciculare (Sulphur Tuft)

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These are widespread throughout the UK and are found in woods and forests on dead or decaying wood. Vomiting and stomach aches are just two of the consequences of eating this type of poisonous mushroom. Their stems are curved and the cap is sulphur yellow, while being orange towards the centre.

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Unknown.

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Unknown.

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Nissen Hut

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Nissen Hut but I cannot find it on the plan? As far as the plan is concerned, there is no Nissen hut in Macaroni Wood??

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Nissen Hut

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Inside about half way along.

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Nissen Hut

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Old bed irons.

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Nissen Hut

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Wood Beds.

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Nissen Hut

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The far end.

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63 - WAAF Rest Room 10215/42 + TO4929

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This could be the Women´s Auxiliary Air Force could relax.

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63 - WAAF Rest Room 10215/42 + TO4929

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63 - WAAF Rest Room 10215/42 + TO4929

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I believe this may have been a re settlement camp post war.

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50 - Officers Mess Type '68' - TB - 34404/41 + 10216/42.

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An Officers Mess was to feed and rest Officers. As for sleeping, they would go to their huts in one of the sites. There was no Officers site, each site had a mix of Officers, Sergeants and men.

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50 - Officers Mess Type '68' - TB - 34404/41 + 10216/42

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It would have been very comfortable inside with open fires and soft leather chairs, a bit like a Gentleman´s club. Their would be Mess servants to serve your food on white table cloths and to get a drink if that is what you wanted.

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50 - Officers Mess Type '68' - TB - 34404/41 + 10216/42

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Plan of the Officers Mess.

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Hillman Staff car.

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50 - Officers Mess Type '68' - TB - 34404/41 + 10216/42

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50 - Officers Mess Type '68' - TB - 34404/41 + 10216/42

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62 - Stand-by Set House - B - 10883/41.

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Stand-by Set House is the generator house. It had two heavy diesel generators and large dynamos to power all the buildings. Its own deisel fuel tanks.
All the huts would have had mains supply, if the power was interrupted. The Stand-by Set House would cut in. If there was no mains, the Stand-by Set House would produce all the electricity.

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Plan.s

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2 Sets, deisel engines & generators.

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62 - Stand-by Set House - B - 10883/41

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Now used as a garage (in 2004) they were welding a car, when it caught fire.

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62 - Stand-by Set House - B - 10883/41

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The Officers Mess is to the right.

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51 - Officers Bath House & Latrines - TB - 3449/41.

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The water tank in the brick tower and steel ladder to reach it. There would be heating from a coal boiler, heating a large water tank so a bath/shower could be taken.

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Hot water tank, covered in asbestos lagging.

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Boiler.

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64 - High Level Water Tank 30,000gals - St - TD. 4094

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Water supplied from a bore hole, probably under the water tower would be pumped up into the tank and distributed around the camp. The tank is a Braithwaite tank. Made of individual panels bolted together and placed on a high steel tower.

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Braithwaite tank.

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230 - Picket Post - TB -3442/41

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Interesting, all the Picket Posts on the plan are numbered 230??. This one was the Communal Sites post..

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230 - Picket Post - TB -3442/41

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Inside showing what it looked like, the colour scheme is exactly what it would have looked like.

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230 - Picket Post - TB -3442/41

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Cupboard and second picture a window with fittings for a black out curtain. These stopped any light showing outside at night.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site,
230 - Picket Post - TB -3442/41

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The electrics for the post.

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230 - Picket Post - TB -3442/41

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In a cupboard it still had what to do in a fire. These posts not only saw people in and out of their respective sites but also were there in case of fire, and would walk around at night as a guards, but also as fire pickets.

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Makers name, unreadable.

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Fire buckets.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site,
230 - Picket Post - TB -3442/41

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Wash stand.

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Concrete sink.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site,
60 - Airmen´s Showers, Ablutions & Decontamination - TB - 3448/41

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Decontamination is from a gas attack. If any airmen were suffering from a gas attack, he/she could be brought inside, stripped of all clothing, showered and scrubbed clean and using a bleach solution as well. Quite a traumatic time when you also may be suffering other injuries.

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WW1 gas injuries.

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Nurses treating a patient.

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58 - Airmen´s Showers & Ablutions - TB - 3449/41

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More Brilcream.

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58 - Airmen´s Showers & Ablutions - TB - 3449/41

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Water tank in the tower.

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Boiler and the chimney runs up the side of the tower.

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Boiler & hot tank.

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58 - Airmen´s Showers & Ablutions - TB - 3449/41

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Plan.

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53 - Sergeants Showers, Ablutions & Latrines - TB - 3445/41

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Plan.

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59 - Latrines - TB

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Plan.

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59 - Latrines - TB

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Sick Quarters (10 RAF - 4 WAAF)

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230 - Picket Post (type3) - TB - 1580/42.
420 - Sick Quarters (10 RAF - 4 WAAF) - S - 3851/43 + 4473/43.
421 - Sick Annexe (type B) - S - 3851/43.
422 - Ambulance Garage & Mortuary - TB - 660/42.
423 - Sgts & Orderlies Qtrs (1Sgt:32A/M) S - based on 2969/42.
424 - Latrines & Drying Room. (Sick QTRS) - TB 9086/41.
425 - Static Water Tank (20,000galls) - St- TD.4094 .

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, Sick Quarters (10 RAF - 4 WAAF)
420 - Sick Quarters (10 RAF - 4 WAAF) - S - 3851/43 + 4473/43

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Basically a small hospital.

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Hospital ward.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, Sick Quarters (10 RAF - 4 WAAF)
230 - Picket Post (type3) - TB - 1580/42.

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Picket Post.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, Sick Quarters (10 RAF - 4 WAAF)
422 - Ambulance Garage & Mortuary - TB - 660/42

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Ambulance garage usually in the front and the mortuary, a small room in the back.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, Sick Quarters (10 RAF - 4 WAAF)
422 - Ambulance Garage & Mortuary - TB - 660/42

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, Sick Quarters (10 RAF - 4 WAAF)
422 - Ambulance Garage & Mortuary - TB - 660/42

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Inside where the ambulance was parked.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, Sick Quarters (10 RAF - 4 WAAF)
423 - Sergeants & Orderlies Qtrs (1Sgt:32A/M) S - based on 2969/42

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Made by Uni-Seco.
In February 1941, Bernard Brunton and Rolfe Gilbert Booth, both of 6 Woods Mews, Park Lane, London submitted applications 1821/41 for a patent in support of their invention with regard to wall and roof panels for huts. In January 1942 the two inventors submitted a further two designs 9144/42 and 745/42 this time for patents in support for their invention of a prefabricated building having hollow box-like beam members that are supported on the upper edges of the exterior walls. The walls being constructed of timber frame clad with asbestos sheeting and the void filled with insulation material. It is believed that the applications were made before Selection Engineering and Uni-Seco Structures Ltd had been registered as companies. The design which incorporated all aspects of the above applications became Seco Mk. I System of unit construction.
From https://www.prefabmuseum.uk/content/history/the-history-of-uni-seco-structures-guest-blog-post

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Uni-Seco Structures.

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Elevation.

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RAF Kingston Bagpuize.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, Sick Quarters (10 RAF - 4 WAAF)
423 - Sergeants & Orderlies Qtrs (1Sgt:32A/M) S - based on 2969/42

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Sergeants & Orderlies Qtrs (1Sgt:32A/M).

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Plan.

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Towards the Sewage Works Site.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site,
Sewage Works Site

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90 - Tool House - TB - 7493/40.
91 - Bucket Emptying Platform - TD.3816.
92 - Water Supply (Borehole) Pump House - TB - S.P.161.
93 - Sewage Works (48ft Dia Filter) - S.P.116.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, Sewage Works Site
91 - Bucket Emptying Platform - TD.3816.

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Where there was no flush toilets, Elsan buckets were used. These had to be emptied and washed out. Not a pleasant job. Usually carried out by airmen that were in trouble for being late or not saluting an officer, any minor infringement and then they would go around collecting buckets and pushing them in a trolley all the way down to the Sewage site and empty and clean them out. Then return and replace them in the huts.

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Bucket emptying platform RAF Ramsbury.

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Bucket emptying platform RAF Culmhead.

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Elsan toilet bucket.

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Sewage Works Site

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Parts of settlement tanks.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, Sewage Works Site
93 - Sewage Works (48ft Dia Filter) - S.P.116.

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Large arms would rotate and waste water would be sprinkled over a base of clinker, the by product of burning Coke/Coal.

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RAF Grove.

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, Sewage Works Site
93 - Sewage Works (48ft Dia Filter) - S.P.116

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MS Farrer LTD R+Engineers Birmingham a& London.

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5964/41

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, Sewage Works Site

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D. G. of W plan No. 5964/41.

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90 - Tool House - TB - 7493/40

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The tool shed, where civilian workers would have been employed to run the sewage works. Also there would be a stove or destructor burner, where items could be burnt.

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Type 2
Size 0
Horsfall Destructor
No. 3 Type
73701
New
Destructor Co, Ltd.
Pershore England. at RAF Grove.

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Tool Shed RAF Grove,

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RAF Southrop RLG, Communal Site, Sewage Works Site
90 - Tool House - TB - 7493/40.

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Pencilling on the wall.

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Sewage workers.

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