RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
Wiltshire

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

Details

One of the oldest operational aerodromes still in military hands. Flying started here around 1911 with the Royal Flying Corps and continues to this day as a Forward Operating Base.

image

Royal Flying Corps brass cap badge.

image

Royal Air Force cap badge.

image

Army Air Corps cap badge.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

Details

One of the last proper wooden Wilts County Council sign post. They are being all replaced by plastic versions. Its been replaced.


image

Brand new sign.

image

Bellman hangar.

image

Bessonneau canvas hangar.

image

1916 side opening wooden hangar.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire.

Details

There were in WW2 : -
A 1913 wooden hutted camp.
2 x Type A hangar 1927.
2 x Cathedral (HP 2 & 5 bay) hangars 1918 (2bay has now been removed 2017).
1 x Bessonneau hangar WW1.
1 x Bellman hangar 1940.
1 x Side opening 1916 wooden hangar until recently demolished.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
Google

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
I have started on the road leading from the Village of Netheravon.

Details

The first building now a house was, as I remember it, the Catholic Church for the camp.
86 Church R.C. Perm. Brick (RE/18/14).

image

The red arrow shows where we are.

image

Type 'A' shed 1924.

image

Police dogs 1960s.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
1958 Plan of the Main Gate.

Details

Details from the plan: -
0 ------ number in italics, the plan Number.
[PB] - Permanent Brick - built in standard brick work.
(numbers in brackets) these are the RAF drawing number.
DFW34/13 means a 1913 plan and 445/21 a 1921 building.
As you come up the hill, the married quarters are on the right and left, 8 on the plan was the Mortuary, a timber framed asbestos sheets and the red spot the telephone box next the Guard Room.
Behind the he guard room was a green house, tool shed and a nursery.

image

Iconic red phone box.

image

This is how the guard room may have looked as its how I remember it, the main items were the porch and the full length mirror by the door.

image

I believe this is of the guard room in the 1950/60's.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
Google

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Airmen´s married quarters

Details

The original married quarters No.'s 1 to 28 with drawing numbers (73/13) have been remove. The newer types 29 to 38 are 3bed and 39 to 62 are mixed 2 & 3bed of a later date. The ones you now see are around 1950's.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
RAF Upavon 15 September 2018

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Second Officers Mess where the married quarters are now

Details

The picture is a WW1 building at RAF Upavon and Netheravon had a similar building where the married quarters now are, it was an extended Officers Mess. The original Officers Mess was designed and built for a very small RFC of probably no more than three small squadrons (a Wing) with about 36 planes. Most pilots at the time were offices, plus a few more senior Officers for admin purposes. The original quarters were very adequate but after the start of WW1 when Netheravon expanded dramatically as a training station it needed much more room.
Along where the 1950's married quarters now are was a complete set of buildings to house the many officers that were passing through here.

image

Plan of where the second Officers mess was.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
1927

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Airmen´s married quarters.

Details

The original married quarters No.'s 1 to 28 with drawing numbers (73/13) have been removed but in this 1927 air photo shows the married quarters in their blocks of four.. The Officers Mess and grounds behind.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
Google

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire Married Quarters

Details

There was a long row of four blocks of four, Airmen´s Married Qtrs. [PB] (D.F.W 73/13).
There are two blocks of two (73/13) still here set out the far end of the estate. [PB].

image

The row of airmen´s married quarters..

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
Google

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Warrant Officers married quarters

Details

6A Married WD Quarters No. 1-2 [PB] (D.F.W.73/13).
6B Married WD Quarters No. 3-4 [PB] (D.F.W.73/13).

image

Plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
18 October 2008

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire Gymnasium

Details

80 Gymnasium, Lecture Room, Cinema, Training Wing, HQ. Offices (121/41/125),
Education Centre (42.126/42). I remember watching the ''Dambusters'' film here as a child and also my family ran a taxi business as well as the local garage and my mother would collect and deliver the drums of film from the NAAFI in Amesbury to the cinema here. The main ones I remember were the films of Elvis Presley.

image

Dam Buster.

image

Elvis in uniform.

image

The film.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
18 October 2008

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Guard Room

Details

The guard room was on the left. This was the main gate although the road was open to the public and you could drive the whole camp. Most RFC and later RAF camps had a road running through them for some odd reason. It was an open right up until the IRA bombing campaign. This one was never bombed but Netheravon army camp in the village was and one hut was fire bombed. Quite a lot of personnel equipment was burnt due to the fact it was all old stuff and the soldiers wanted to have it replaced (old army trick) and threw it in the fire.

image

The old 1880's huts at SWW Netheravon, the type that was burnt down.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
Internet

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
1A Guard Room (Permanent Brick).

Details

The guard room with a very smart RAF Police corporal stood at the door. .

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
18 October 2008

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Boundary stones

Details

Air Ministry boundary stone No.25.
History
: Netheravon started life before 1913 as a cavalry school and gallops on Choulston downs. Exorcises took place here with aircraft and cavalry. Due to their success the area was taken over as a Royal Flying Corps aerodrome. By the summer of 1914 the whole of the Military Wing of the RFC, 700 personnel and 70 airplane assembled here for a training exercise. By the start of WW1 Netheravon was the centre for preparation's of squadrons to be assembled and sent out to France.

image

That early exorcise on the Plain.

image

Be2c.

image

Australian plane under canvas.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
18 October 2008

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Grade II listings

Details

Grade II listing - England, Netheravon Grade II Wiltshire Buildings 15 and 17, Airfield Camp (former RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire) England Netheravon Grade II Wiltshire Buildings 19, Airfield Camp (former RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire) (Sergeant's Mess) England Netheravon Grade II Wiltshire Buildings 29K - 29O (inclusive), Airfield Camp (former RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire) (airmen's Barracks) England Netheravon Grade II Wiltshire Buildings 29P - 29T (inclusive), Airfield Camp (former RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire) (airmen's Barracks) England Netheravon Grade II Wiltshire Buildings 38a (former RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire) (airmen's Barracks) (Handley Page Hangars) England Netheravon Grade II Wiltshire Building 52c (Main Depot Offices), Airfield Camp (former RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire) England Netheravon Grade II Wiltshire Building 83 , Airfield Camp (former RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire) (Institute Building)

image

 

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
Google

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
80
on the plan.

Details

80 Gymnasium, Lecture Room, Cinema, Training Wing, HQ. & Offices (121/41/125).
Education Centre (42.126/42). This building has had lots of uses over the years.
The main plan I am working off is AM 13506/58 - 1958.

image

Plan.

image

 

image

 

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
18 October 2008

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
80 Gymnasium, rear view.

Details

80 Gymnasium, Lecture Room, Cinema, Training Wing, HQ. & Offices (121/41/125).
Education Centre (42.126/42). This building has had lots of uses over the years.

image

 

image

1930's air map.

image

 

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
Google

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
80 Gymnasium, view from above.

Details

80 Gymnasium, Lecture Room, Cinema, Training Wing, HQ. & Offices (121/41/125).
Education Centre (42.126/42). This building has had lots of uses over the years. Only the front remains.

image

 

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
11 October 2011

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

Details

Sport parachuting at Netheravon.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Airfield Camp Netheravon.

Details

History : 1919 Netheravon is now is a training station, with 1918/19 being a start of decline as the war had finished, by the mid 20's expansion starts again with the rise in the number of bombers the French could send to bomb us. Chief of the Air Staff Hugh Trenchard, the head of the then RAF wanted parity with the French. This is when the new red brick buildings [PB] were built and the two Type 'A' sheds.
No1 FTS with DH9's, Sopwith Snipe & Avro 504's. Then the training of Naval officers for the Fleet Air Arm with Bristol fighters & DH9a's. In the 30's the FAA used Netheravon for squadrons when their aircraft carrier was in dock. 1935 No.6 FTS was reformed with Hart, Audax & Furies. 6FTS moved out. 1FTS moved in again and this time 1939 with the noisy North American Harvard's.

image

DH9a of No.1 Flying Training School.

image

Bristol Fighters.

image

North American Harvard's.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
The newer main gate/guard room with the road now blocked.

Details

Since the IRA started targeting army camps, all military establishments are protected (at great cost) with a main gate and guards wondering the areas. Oh and many cameras. As kids we could cycle past the old gate and wonder all over the camps and never be told off or moved away. I wish then I had had a camera.

image

Plan.

image

How we may have looked.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
1918

Information

RFC Station Netheravon
West Camp March 1918.

Details

West Cap administration and living.
Looking at this great plan showing the Officers quarters and Mess and next the building to the right was the Sergeants Mess. The Men's Mess, Institute and quarters is now the Sergeants Mess and lecture rooms. Mens quarters were on the other side of the road have all been removed. Several A.R.S. (Aircraft Repair Sheds), a Dope store, Plane store, Workshops and Sail makers shop. There was a Hospital, Medical hut, Quarter Masters, Bank & Tailors. Women's quarters and a reading room.

image

RFC officer.

image

RFC women.

image

RFC soldier.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
The 2013 visit to Netheravon with members of AIX.

Details

Airfield Information Exchange. the forum and group. We were taken first around RAF Upavon and then RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire, now both in the hands of the Army.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

9, Officers Mess [P.C.C. dwarf walls, timber & asbestos]. (NN93) drawing number.

image

A 1914 Flight magazine page.

image

Officers Mess.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

P.C.C. dwarf walls, timber & asbestos method of building here.
PCC dwarf walls are the low wall on the left of the picture and then timber & asbestos, four" x two" lengths of timber laid on the dwarf wall and then the uprights & top horizontals, covered in sheets of asbestos and wooden strips painted black nailed to hold the sheets on. The roofs made of timber frame and iron truss supports.

image

Very much like this.

image

In the village is where TW Drew, The Garage, Netheravon my fathers and then my garage until the late 70's. This building was built in 1916 and removed off the camp in 1926 then re built built as two garages. We had to replace most of the 4x2's at ground level as they were rotted out by the 70's.


image

Iron roof supports.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

The famous RFC Wings.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
15 September 2018

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

The famous RFC Wings.
The RFC Wings were based on the Royal Engineers badge.

image

Royal Engineers Badge.

image

RFC Badge.

image

Officers.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

Mr Choi aeroplane artist and airfield enthusiast.
Note the pair of boot scrapers, it shows that their boots would get very muddy.

image

A painting by Mr Choi of a Hunter Mk.6 of Sqn Ldr Topp of 111Sqn RAF Wattisham 1958.

image

Plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon,
Wiltshire Officers Mess.

Details

Main entrance. A member of the Mess staff would sit in the cubicle on the right where officers would sign in and out.

image

 

image

 

image

Officers mess plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon,
Wiltshire Officers Mess.

Details

Main entrance. The view out.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

Anti-Room.
The two Officers who kindly showed us around Netheravon & Upavon.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

One of the main rooms.

image

A very tired officer pilot.

image

 

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
Not mine

Information

RAF Netheravon,
Wiltshire Officers Mess.

Details

This picture was taken when the AAC were in operation here.
It shows a lovely propeller from WW1 and leather armchairs.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image t
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

The music room.
History
: World War 2 has started and flying training continues at a great pace. As more training airfields are built across the country and the world, Netheravon's roll starts to slow down. By 1942 Airborne Forces moved in and bring the Glider Exorcise Squadron and the Parachute Exorcise Squadron together. RAF 38 Wing was formed here to take over the running of all these units.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

The lamp shades look very contemporary also the fire places.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

Billiards room.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

English Billiards.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

Ladies toilets.
The reason I added this photo is to show the wooden roof.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

Gentleman´s toilets.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

Married officers living in double room.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

Single officers living in room.

image

 

image

Quarters 1930 single officer.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

Officers Mess kitchen. It would not take too long to recommission the mess.

image

 

image

Checking the chiefs.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

The mess secretaries office.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

A message left by a happy staff.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

A WW2 extension and 11f Officers Mess Games Room.
An extension built in temporary brick design (TB) of WW2 hutting but using the almost matching diamond roof tiles.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Officers Mess.

Details

11g on the plan Single Officers Quarters

image

Plan.

image

Quarters 1930 single officer.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Sergeants Mess.

Details

19 SNCO's accommodation.

image

Plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Accommodation hutting

Details

29l Class Rooms and Offices. [D.F.W 27/13]. Were some of the men's quarters WW1.

image

Plan

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
NCO's.

Details

29k N.C.O Cubicles ( I am presuming NCO's accommodation).
29l Class Rooms. Both [D.F.W 27/13].

image

Plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Institute WW1 Sergeants Mess WW2 and later.

Details

83 Sergeants Mess .
In 1918 this was showing up as the men's Institute.

image

Plan.

image

A sergeants mess at Christmas.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Sergeants Mess.

Details

Sergeants Mess dining room.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Sergeants Mess.

Details

Large room and attached games room on the left.
Terry lost again.

image

 

image

 

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Sergeants Mess.

Details

The attached games room and toilets. Possibly a WW2 addition.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Sergeants Mess.

Details

Room with a view.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Sergeants Mess.

Details

The Sergeants Mess clock.
Was the institute where soldiers could get some extra food ad a cup of tea, they could rest, play games and write letters.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Sergeants Mess.

Details

All entrances have boot scrapers. It must have been a muddy period.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Store

Details

22a Store Timber Framed asbestos sheets [D.F.W.28/13].

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Class room

Details

29p Class Room.
This used to be a Play Group on the camp and my middle son was an inmate here.

image

Airfield Camp Pre School. The sign has now been removed 2018.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
RFC Concentration Camp

Details

Western camp. You can just see one of the original classrooms on the right side.

image

Kite ballooning.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Flight magazine June 5th 1914

Details

Extract from Flight magazine saying what was happening at Netheravon June 1915..

image

 

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Squash Court

Details

16 Squash Court [PB] [1842/35].
A 1935 model Squash court. Officers were persuaded to take up sport as it kept them fit and honed their skills. Most RAF stations have/had a squash court.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Squash Court

Details

16 Squash Court [PB] [1842/35].
Inside with stairs up to a viewing platform.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Squash Court

Details

16 Squash Court [PB] [1842/35].
Still looks in very good condition.

image

A squash court layout.

image

 

image

A wartime squash court.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

38a AAP Handley-Page Storage Coupled Sheds shed [Stone, C.S.S. Roof] (884-886/19), built in 1920 and has Bath stone block wall.
(AAP - Aircraft Acceptance Park.)
(C.S.S. - Clear Steel Span ???.)
Five Bay Handley Page Hangar. Built to accommodate the Handley Page bomber which could fold its wings to fit more into a hangar. Netheravon was going to be part of the southern bombing area with RAF Boscombe Down and RAF Stonehenge.

image

Another image from Robert Karr’s 0/400.

image

An 0/400 with folded wings.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

The front face.
Large bi-fold doors could be opened to its full width.

History
: At the end of WW1 Netheravon like several other stations in the south of England were to be converted into heavy bomber stations with Handley Page bombers and a large accommodation hutting and hangarage was to be built. Well the two hangars were built but the plan changed and the bombers went somewhere else. HP bombers were stationed here in 1918/19 and just before the Armistice in November 1918, there was a terrible gale that blew four HP´s and many other aircraft over. The HP´were never hangared in these two sheds for some unknown reason??

image

Handley Page bomber.

image

HP shed looking inside at the narrowness of the layout. HP bombers were designed so they could fold their wings and and fit into a smaller space.

image

West camp sheds in use in the 20's/30's.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
1930

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

The front face.
Large bi-fold doors could be opened to its full width.
In this picture there is a Bessonneau on the right of the hangar. Made of a wooden frame covered by a canvas cover.
The aircraft is either having its top wing removed/replaced.

image

Under construction..

image

Bessonneau hangar.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

Where the Bessonneau hangar stood in 1930, now a set of WW2 TB buildings abut the hangar.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

Back north facing.
Later in the 50's it was the Motor Transport section garage.

image

AEC Matador.

image

Bedford Queen Mary aeroplane transport.

image

Bedford

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
19 July 2018

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Defence post

Details

Defence post which may have had a Lewis gun on a centre mount and possibly an air-raid shelter.

image

Lewis gun..

image

Twin Lewis gun position..

image

Another style of emplacement.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
19 July 2018

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
West camp

Details

The road which joins the two camps. In WW2 a tractor was used with three trailers and set on the trailers were some old cinema seats, this was used to transport from east to west camp a bit like a bus service. To sit on the third trailer was precarious as at speed coming down the slope, it would swing wildly.
Heading out to the East Camp.

image

RAF Land Rover.

image

Plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
1918

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
East camp

Details

RFC Station Netheravon East Camp 1918.
8th, 7th, 24th Training School.
(ACS - Air Craft Shed).

image

Netheravon under canvas.

image

Officers on Concentration at Netheravon.

image

Something else that was new to the British forces was not only this new fangled flying machines but also Motor Transport for ever now called MT. Horses were on there way out.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
1914

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Concentration camp

Details

The road between the two camps is on the left. In 1914 canvas hangars were laid out along this road for the 1914 Concentration Camp..

image

RFC pilots.

image

Altimeter.

image

 

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
1914

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Concentration Camp

Details

Aerial view of the camp.
Aerial view of Netheravon Concentration Camp shortly before the outbreak of The Great War.

image
image

 

image

Mobile photographic section.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
1914

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Concentration Camp

Details

BE2e's at the Netheravon Concentration Camp shortly before the outbreak of The Great War.
''Concentration Camp'' the meaning here was to bring together and train by using practical experiments in order to test theory. Cooperation with the artillery, infantry and cavalry, radio air to air, air to ground. Photographic, reconnaissance and just learning what to do with this new asset. There was a lot to learn.

image

More B2e's

image

Pud Reed a South African pilot in the Royal Flying Corps.

image

Early bombing.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
1914

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Concentration Camp

Details

Smith RFC BE2c June 1914 a very good posed picture.

image

Be2c plans.

image

 

image

Air to air early combat.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
WW2

Details

Pill Box one of many that WERE here.
Possibly a Type 22 pill box. I knew of seven and there are now two left and the remains of one.

image

Plan of a Type 22.

image

We called them Threepenny pieces as they had as many sides.

image

The second.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
ORB

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire WW2
Operational Records Book

Details

Details of the manning of the Battle HQ in the event of an attack. The BHQ has now been removed.

image

BHQ11008/41.

image

BHQ11008/41 plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
Google

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
WW2

Details

Plan of where the Pill Boxes were sited.
Mostly Type 22 made of concrete with earth on their roofs as camouflage. In 1940 Netheravon came under 'an aerodrome close to the enemy' so had it to have a large defence in case of a parachute and glider attack. So a full range of pillboxes, a Battle HQ and many trenches were built all designed to face the runways to hold and beat a airborne landing. Also a squadron of Beaveretts, small cars armoured and armed with a machine gun.

image

Plan of a Type 22.

image

Inside a pillbox.


image

Beaverette Mk1.

image

Fallschirmjäger.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Choulston Ox Barn

Details

Ox Barn 79 Contractors Store & Yard [PB].
This building was the Ox Barn, built for the original farm out of hand made dark red brick and in the time of the RFC it was used as aircraft storage and RAF, Army Air Corps days it was the works office and yard.

image

The Ox barn from above.

image

Transport.

image

Plan east camp.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
17 June 2003

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Choulston Ox Barn

Details

My Grandfather was a ploughman with Oxen in the late 1800 not here but near Melksham.

image

Oxen ploughing.

image

My grandparents with my cousin in the 1950's.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Fire shed

Details

43b Fire Tender & Inflammable Store [Steel corrugated iron].
Wooden 4"x 2" framework with corrugated sheets. 2018 its been removed.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Fire shed

Details

43b Fire Tender & Inflammable Store [Steel corrugated iron] 2018 its been removed.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
East Camp

Details

I think this was the water inlet/outlet to the water purification plant.
In this area were the : -
46
A.M.W.D Pump Attendant [Timber & C.S.S.].
46a Underground Reservoir [P.C.C.].
46b Water Tower [Steel] (Braithwaite Tower).
47 Hill Pump House [Timber & C.S.S.].
72 Booster Pump House [PB].
73 Reservoir (100000Gls) [P.C.C.].

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Braithwaite water tower

Details

46b Water Tower [Steel] (Braithwaite Tower).
Braithwaite water towers used to litter the landscape around wartime airfields and army camps.

image

1913/14 water tower, replaced in the 50's with a Braithwaite.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Guard room RFC, Fire station WW2

Details

1b Fire Station & Picket [Timber framing and asbestos] original RFC guard room.

image

Plan of east camp.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
19 July 2018

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Fire station

Details

1b Fire Station & Picket [Timber framing and asbestos]

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
1940's

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Fire station

Details

1b Fire Station & Picket [Timber framing and asbestos].
A fireman and a fire tender.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Fire station inside

Details

1b Fire Station & Picket [Timber framing and asbestos]. Guard room in the RFC days.

image

A bit like this 9026/41 latrine.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
19 July 2018

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Latrine

Details

63 Technical latrine. Now coated in modern sheeting but may have been made in temporary brick.

image

A bit like this 9026/41 latrine.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
19 July 2018

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Wing Salvage WW1, Accounts office WW2

Details

43c Accounts office. This building I have always noted its very large windows and an airy space, so as the accounts office it would need to be like that.

image

Station office in a large RAF camp.

image

Plan of east camp.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire Greenery
Wing Salvage WW1, Accounts office WW2

Details

Salvage was very important in both world wars and a lot of materials went back to make more equipment.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Greenery

Details

Planted trees. Trees were planted between the wars to soften the look of the hangars and buildings. This I believe started in the 1930's and the RAF had there own nurseries to grow these trees for RAF stations.
In the back ground is 126b Static Water Tank (14000gls).

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
HQ

Details

52c Orderly Room HQ [Timber & Asbestos]. WW1 Squadron Office.
Many huts have been removed, I was horrified how many.

image

2003 how it used to look.

image

2003 how it used to look.

image

2013.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
19 July 2018

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
HQ 1958 plan

Details

39b HQ Offices for No3 (Dog Training) Squadron.
41
Bulk Oil Instillation (U.G.2000 gal).
42c Store shed Salvage.
43c
Fire Tender & Inflammable Sore.
45a&b
Solid Fuel Compound.
51a Disused Timber and C,S,S.
51b
Ex Technical store       "   ".
52d
Station HQ.
52c
Orderly Room HQ.
52e
Stationary Store.
53  
Station P.B.X. & Switch Board timber and asbestos.
55  
Armament oil store.
70   Dog isolation pens 1/2 Brick.
90   S.A.A. Store, Timber and C.S.S.
97   WAAF's Sanitary annex - Weatherboard.
126b   Static Water Tank (14000gal) Brick.
129  
Stores 'Igloo' Hut.
115a-b c-e Brick type shelters.
142 a-c
Underground Static Water Tank (20000gal) 7625/39.

image

 

image

 

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
19 July 2018

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
HQ

Details

52c Orderly Room HQ [Timber & Asbestos]. WW1 Squadron Office.

image

 

image

 

image

 

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
19 July 2018

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
HQ

Details

52c Orderly Room HQ [Timber & Asbestos]. WW1 Squadron Office.

image

 

image

 

image

 

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
19 July 2018

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
HQ

Details

This is the rear view with a wooden toilet attached.

image

The toilet.

image

 

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
19 July 2018

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
HQ

Details

The bicycle shed next to the toilets.
97   WAAF's Sanitary annex - Weatherboard.

image

RAF Bicycle.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Armoury

Details

57 Station Armoury 247/14.
WW1 Transport. All along here were transport sheds for the vehicles the RFC had.

image

RAF Armourer.

image

RAF issuing machine guns for aircraft.

image

RAF arming a bomber.

image

RFC transport.

image

RFC field repair workshops.

image

RFC transport.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshireimage

29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
'A' shed

Details

Type ''A'' shed 1498/24 on the left and the Armoury on the right.

image

WAAF and a Pilot around 1918.

image

Plan of the east camp.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
25yd range

Details

Rifle Butts were in the hollow and the,
60 Magazine SAA Store. [PB].
65 Machine Gun Range & weather boarded hut.
60 Machine gun range (NN/0/46/24)
1 - firing point.
9 - targets.
1 - traveling target.

 

image

Butts and magazine from the air.

image

RAF Calshot, Hampshires 25yd range and magazine of the same period.

image

Plan of the east camp.


image

Butts and magazine plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
RAF Police Dogs

Details

Dog Pen. In the 1950's the RAF Police dogs were based here before moving on to Debden, they became fuel bowser storage later and now caravan storage. 2018 empty. There is a dog loading ramp in the right corner.

image

Police dogs.

image

 

image

WRAF kennel maids.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
'A' shed

Details

95 the last Type 'A' Hangar hidden in trees (1478/24). When the Police dogs were here it was used as the Dog Reception & Class Rooms.

image

Basic Police Training Course No. 21 - 1953 both men and WRAFs.

image

A 1954 picture captioned ''M & AD4268. [AD = Air Dog]

image

Dog handlers.

image

'A' shed plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

38b AAP Handley-Page Storage Coupled Sheds [Stone, C.S.S. Roof] (884-886/19), built in 1920 in Bath stone blocks. Called the Cathedral Hangar due to the fact there are buttresses on the outside walls. It was built by German WW1 POW's.

image

Buttresses on the end wall.

image

HP 0/100 bomber with wings folded.

image

HP 0/100 bomber.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

38b AAP Handley-Page Storage Coupled Sheds [Stone, C.S.S. Roof] (884-886/19), built in 1918 in Bath stone blocks.

image

Plan of east camp.

image

Plan HP shed.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

38b AAP Handley-Page Storage Coupled Sheds [Stone, C.S.S. Roof] (884-886/19), built in 1918 in Bath stone blocks.

image

207 bomber Sqn WW1.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire Handley-Page

Details

38b AAP Handley-Page Storage Coupled Sheds [Stone, C.S.S. Roof] (884-886/19), built in 1918 in Bath stone blocks.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

Main grass runway.
There are two runways here but I am sure when the aerodrome was being built in the early 1900, runways were far from the designers thoughts. You just took off into wind.

image

The two modern runways.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

Bath stone rendered.
Handley-Page

Details

Very rare in this part of Wiltshire to use Bath Stone.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

High glass widows allow in lots of light.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

Front elevation would have had large wooden bi-fold doors or sets of large doors that would open to allow full openings. The door openings were 42ft bays to house HP 0/100 with a wingspan of 100ft could fit in only by folding their wings to fit inside.

image

Bi-fold doors on Handley Page shed.

image

HP 0/100 with folding wings.

image

HP 0/100.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

Inside not a lot here to discern what the hangar was originally like. It was used for many years by the Army Fire Service.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

Inside.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

HP shed door frame detail.

image

 

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

Safety ladder to access the roof.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

HP shed offices built onto the side.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

HP shed.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
19 July 2018

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Handley-Page

Details

HP shed now removed.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
A.C.S. sheds

Details

This area had two very large flight huts Aircraft Sheds
The concrete was a dog pen and would have had high fences to house the dogs and behind on the grass area there were two very large flight huts but on the 1958 plan they had been removed.

image

The two A.C.S. in 1944.

image

Plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
19 July 2018

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire Flight hut foundations
A.C.S.

Details

The layout of the middle shed showing up in the dry weather..

image

A WW1 style hut.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
A.C.S.

Details

Not on the 1958 plan. You can just see a bolt to hold down a 4x2 wall plate.

image

A WW1 style hut.


image

A WW1 plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Control tower

Details

Local Control Building 7378a/55 (Side-by-Side Type).
When the helicopters arrived from the AAC a new control tower was needed and this 7378a/55 was built out on the airfield.

image

Plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
20 June 2010

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Control tower

Details

Local Control Building 7378a/55 (Side-by-Side Type).

image

Site of the new control tower.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
''A'' shed

Details

Trees screening the off the Type ''A'' shed.
Trees planted between the wars in the expansion schemes.

image

Plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
''A'' shed

Details

95 Type 'A' Hangar [1478/24].The Type 'A' shed was a permanent hangar for the RAF post WW1 and at 122ft x 249ft was very big considering the size of aircraft of the period.

image

Type 'A' Hangar.

image

Type 'A' front face.

image

Type 'A' door design.

image

'A' shed.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
''A'' shed
Well I suppose I had to include a picture of me.

Details

95 Type 'A' Hangar [1478/24].
In the sixties we would play in and out of the hangars and climb up onto the gantries.
Four large doors opening to full width allowing aircraft not yet designed could use it.

image

The 'A' shed from above.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
''A'' shed

Details

95 Type 'A' Hangar [1478/24] showing the trees running around the hangar.
We did not enter this hangar as it is THE HOME OF THE ARMY PARACHUTE ASSOCIATION.

image

The Army Parachute Association.

image

In the winter with no leaves on the trees.

image

Plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
19 July 2018

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
''A'' shed

Details

95 Type 'A' Hangar [1478/24].
Continuing along the north side of the hangar.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
''A'' shed

Details

94 Type 'A' Hangar [1478/24].

image

Plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
''A'' shed

Details

Shed of some sort with the side offices behind. I just wonder how long that bin has been there.

image

 

image

Anson.

image

Harrow.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
''A'' shed

Details

94 Type 'A' Hangar [1478/24] with its full 122 ft span.
That little handle can be wound by one person and will open a door to its full width. Well it could if the door buttresses had not been removed.

image

Door one of four.

image

Front face.

image

Side elevation.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
19 July 2018

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
''A'' shed

Details

Roof made of steel purlin´s and in filled with wooded boarding and then covered in an asbestos tile.
Now re covered in modern steel sheet roofing.

image

Plan.

image

Hayford

image

Blenheims.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
1929

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
''A'' shed

Details

History 1929 1FTS. No1 Flying Training School.
The same hangar one in 1929 and the other 2013.
Just noticed the early water tower in the background.

image

57Sqn 20 October 1931.

image

No. 18 Course, No 1 Flying Training School, R.A.F. Netheravon, Wiltshire. 1st April 1941

image

Aircrew fitting into their uniforms.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
''A'' shed

Details

.Army Air Corps Auster.

image

Austers were the mainstay of air observation with the army for many years before the helicopter took over.

image

 

image

AAC.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
''A'' shed

Details

This is the view with only two of the four doors open.
The Army Air Corps used these two hangars, the five bay HP on the west camp and the two bay HP hangar was used by the Army Fire Service.

image

In the Army Air Corps days we had Beavers.

image

Scout.

image

Sioux.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
''A'' shed

Details

The closed west door.

image

DH Tiger Moth.

image

Tutor.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
''A'' shed

Details

249ft long, 30ft high and 122ft width would easily fit a Lancaster at 102ft.

image

In the WW2 we would have had Dakotas.

image

Albermarle.

image

Whitley's.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
''A'' shed

Details

94 Type 'A' Hangar [1478/24].

image

The door runners and uprights have been removed.

image

Post war Beverley's for heavy lift.

image

Hastings taking over parachute duties.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
''A'' shed

Details

Base of the door runners and behind the original watch office and the WW2 control tower.

image

AAC Lynx's.

image

Skeeter an early petrol engined helicopter.

image

Last were Apaches.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Watch office

Details

In 1958 it was the sports store 95a Watch Office (2027/26).

By 1958 the airfield was not being used as a flying functioning airfield but as a Police dog school. To keep the service men and women fit there was a full running field, 100 Sports arena (Grand Stand E Terraces).

As a kid I can remember many Americans soldiers came here to train with the our airmen. They were in their green denims, our RAF lads always had to be very smart and wore their No1,s. There was a cafe in the village with a Juke box. The Americans would sit and click their fingers to the music. The little things you remember.

image

By the hydrants is an aircraft tie down concrete block.

image

Smart Airmen.

image

Ron Aiello and his dog Stormy in the sort of denims I remember.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Watch office

Details

95a Watch Office (2027/26).
The early 1920's watch office with the later wartime extension.

image

The Queen Mother looking out of the control tower windows around 1942.

image

Plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Watch office

Details

95a the early 1920's watch office with the later (2027/26) and later wartime addition on the left. There was no balcony but the roof was accessible.

image

The Queen Mother looking out of the control tower windows around 1942.

image

Plan.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
1943/4

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Watch office

Details

Operation Sparks. Operations board in the watch office.
A bombing raid on France with aircraft from here.
I was sent this picture but unfortunately that´s all the information I have.

image

I think they were in Halifax's.

image

Halifax crews.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Watch office

Details

Watch office internal stairs.
I have played in here but cannot remember what it was like.

image

What it may look like inside.

image

 

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
29 September 2013

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Watch office

Details

The original watch office at the far end and the WW2 extension this side.

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire

image
Pathe News

Information

RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Watch office

Details

The watch office extension being built after 1942.