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This section just covers the Bomb Stores, how it looked and how it worked.

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Nose Fuze.

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Bomb Store: -
Schedule of Buildings
Bldg. No. = Building = Constn. = Type = Drg. No.
93. =  Petrol Installation (Aviation) = "C"   (72,000gal) = 9846/41.
94. = Fused & Spare Bomb Store = N  
95. = Latrine = TB = 9026/41.
96. = General Purpose Hut = N   
97 = Pyro Store = N = 12725/41.
98-99. = Incendiary Bomb Store = N = C = 4734/42.
100-3. = Bomb Stores = N = D  = 3164/42.
104-7. = Incendiary Bomb Stores = N = B = 4737/42.
108-9. = Components Store = N = 4733/42.
110-2. = Fusing Point Building = N = 4788/42 + 7900/42.
113. = Smoke Bomb Store = N = 4778/42.
114. = General Purpose Hut = N

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1940's

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The bomb store at the far South East of the airfield.

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31 June 2010

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On the right - an original road that once crossed the down land.
On the left - the road to the bomb store.

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Plan.

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31 May 2010

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The road to the bomb store.
Left   - the roadway off into 111 = Fusing Point Building = N = 4788/42 - 7900/42.
Right - the lead into the third 110 = Fusing Point Building = N = 4788/42 - 7900/42.

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Plan.

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Plan.

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This is exactly what it would have looked like.

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Fuzing point in Nissen.

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Left - the lead into the third 110 = Fusing Point Building = N = 4788/42 - 7900/42.

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Fuzing chart.

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1940's

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This is exactly what it would have looked like when fuzing the bombs. Specially trained senior Armourers in the ordnance branch would fuze the bombs and they would be watched over by the Ordnance Officer who was responsible to make sure everything was done correctly.
Fuze/Fuse both words expectable.

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Fuzing point plan.

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31 May 2010

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On the right is to lead in roadway onto 110.

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Underground quarry storage.

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13 October 2009

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Plan.

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12 January 2003

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104-7. = Incendiary Bomb Stores = N = B = 4737/42.

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Plan.

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25 May 2020

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104. = Incendiary Bomb Stores = N = B = 4737/42.

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Plan.

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Plan

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13 February 2000

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104. = Incendiary Bomb Stores = N = B = 4737/42.
Nissen hut 4737/42.

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Incendiary carrier to fit into a bomb bay.

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Incendiaries going down.

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12 January 2003

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104. = Incendiary Bomb Stores = N = B = 4737/42.
Nissen hut 4737/42.

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How it may have looked.

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31 May 2010

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104. = Incendiary Bomb Stores = N = B = 4737/42.
Nissen hut 4737/42.
2010 And the wall had fallen down.

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How it may have looked.

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Boxes of Incendiaries.

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AIR 20-7587 - Photographs of buildings and plants on airfields in UK

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104. = Incendiary Bomb Stores = N = B = 4737/42.
From Photographs of buildings and plants on airfields in UK.

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31 May 2010

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104. = Incendiary Bomb Stores = N = B = 4737/42.
Nissen hut 4737/42.
The wall now on the floor and one hoop still standing.

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Incendiary Bombs store 16ft Nissen Hut..

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31 May 2010

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104. = Incendiary Bomb Stores = N = B = 4737/42.
Nissen hut 4737/42.
The wall now on the floor and one hoop still standing.

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The vent from squares in the wall.

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German incendiary bomb.

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Armourers preparing incendiary bombs at RAF Marham, Norfolk. Having secured three cases of 4lb incendiaries in the Small Bomb Container.

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31 May 2010

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Plan.

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Bomb train.

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25 May 2020

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100. = Bomb Stores Type'D'  = 3164/42.
Following the collection road along No.100. Two parallel roadways between the 3164/42 store, one is for delivering bombs and the other is for collecting bombs.

An order would go out to a station that an operation was on, all the details would be laid out, bombs, fuel loads, routes, codes, etc. Then the bombs would be ordered from storage. In this case it would probably be from RAF Dinton above ground storage/ RAF Chilmark underground storage in Wiltshire. They would arrive by lorry. The lorries loaded with bombs would drive down the parallel road to this one, to discharge their loads into the bomb storage areas. Then the day of the bombing raid, tractors with a train of bomb trailers often driven by M.T. W.A.A.F.'s. The bombs were loaded onto the trailers and trundled around to the fuzing point sheds. Here tail and nose fuzes would be inserted and then they were driven out onto the perimeter track to the aircraft on their dispersals.

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Plan.

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Plan.

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12 January 2003

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100. = Bomb Stores Type'D'  = 3164/42.
This is the delivery road with its distinctive brick wall and four stores earth travers

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Plan.

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Bombs arriving on lorries, taken off and rolled down into the storage area for 24 tons of bombs..

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31 May 2010

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100. = Bomb Stores Type'D'  = 3164/42.
The delivery roadway. This was a concrete road and probably under the leaf mould, its still there.

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Plan.

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23 May 2018

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100. = Bomb Stores Type 'D'  = 3164/42.

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Plan.

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24 ton bomb storage.

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23 May 2018

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100. = Bomb Stores Type'D'  = 3164/42.
Trammelling a way of rolling barrels of beer from a horse drawn wagon to the cellar of a public house. In WW1 the same method was used to roll shells off of lorries & wagons. And then in WW2 the way to remove bombs from lorries down onto the bomb store floor, was to Trammel them. Ropes were tied to the rings set into the wall. (The rings are from farm suppliers to tie animals up at markets). Two ropes tied to the rings and then rapped around a bomb, using the weight of the bomb to roll it down in a controlled way. The bombs were reasonably inert, they needed a fuse to set them . So they could put up with some quite rough handling.

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Lorries delivering.

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Bombs would be unloaded from the lorries into the store, then when needed re loaded on low trailers to be taken for fuzing and then loading on planes.

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Trammelling WW1 style.

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This was a picture to be placed on RAF Riccalls bomb store. ------------------- A snowie bomb store

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100-3. = Bomb Stores = N = D  = 3164/42.

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12 January 2003

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101. = Bomb Stores = N = D  = 3164/42.

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Plan.

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23 May 2018

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101. = Bomb Stores = N = D  = 3164/42.

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Plan.

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25 May 2020

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102. = Bomb Stores = N = D  = 3164/42.
Collection road.

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102. = Bomb Stores = N = D  = 3164/42.
24 Ton storage area, blast walls either side.

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Plan.

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24 ton store.

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4 x 24 ton bomb stores.

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25 May 2020

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102. = Bomb Stores = N = D  = 3164/42.
Delivery ramp.

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Delivery.

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31 May 2010

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102. = Bomb Stores = N = D  = 3164/42.
Trammel ring.

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Collection.

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31 May 2010

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25 May 2020

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103. = Bomb Stores = N = D  = 3164/42.

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Plan.

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31 May 2010

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103. = Bomb Stores = N = D  = 3164/42.
Delivery wall.

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31 May 2010

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103. = Bomb Stores = N = D  = 3164/42.
Delivery wall.

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Plan.

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31 May 2010

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103. = Bomb Stores = N = D  = 3164/42.
24 Ton bomb store area. Bits found.

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103. = Bomb Stores = N = D  = 3164/42.
24 Ton bomb store area. Bits found.

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31 May 2010

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103. = Bomb Stores = N = D  = 3164/42.
24 Ton bomb store area. Bits found.

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31 May 2010

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103. = Bomb Stores = N = D  = 3164/42.
24 Ton bomb store area. Bits found.
Lancaster & Lincoln break shoe. These bits are all left over from Flight Refulling.

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Lancaster II Hercules VI engine.

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15 May 2000

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To the right the roadway taking you around to the Incendiery bomb stores.
Along here there was: -
97 = Pyro Store = N = 12725/41. A Nissen hut.
98-99. = Incendiary Bomb Store = N = C = 4734/42.

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Incendiery bomb store.

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99. = Incendiary Bomb Store = N = C = 4734/42.

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99. = Incendiary Bomb Store = N = C = 4734/42.

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This plan is a 5416/40 but the basic design is very alike. A blast wall all the way around and a road running through.

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99. = Incendiary Bomb Store = N = C = 4734/42.

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31 May 2010

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Way out.

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March 1944

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Bombing up Stirling Bomber. Stirling bombers of 196Sqn were stationed here from January1944 to March 1944 and left to go to RAF Keevil.
By 1944 nearly all Stirling´s and a lot of Halifax squadrons were being used for Airborne forces. The RAF did not have a dedicated transport aircraft (until the Dakota was brought in). Although these squadrons were used to tow gliders, parachute troops and parachute supplies. But they still had to be bombers and back up the Main Force for Bomber Command. So in between being used in airborne training, they could be called onto bombing missions. These were usually attacks on France, V Rocket sites, ports and railways.

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Daylight bombing run.

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Halifax bombing.

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20 May 2020

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