RAF Riccall, Airfield Site.

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RAF Riccall, Airfield Site, Yorkshire.

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Opened 1942.
3 - Runways.
6 - T2 hangars.
1 - B1 hangar.
35 - 125ft pan aircraft dispersals.
2 - Half Spectical dispersals.
1 - Rectangle 13800 sq ft. aircraft dispersal.
10 - Aprons 44975 sq ft.
17,661 Tons of bomb storage.
1449 - Personnel.
341 - WAAF's.

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Riccall.

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WAAF's.

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Crews.

RAF Riccall, Airfield Site.

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RAF Riccall, Airfield Site, Yorkshire.

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RAF Riccall, Airfield Site.

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Airfield and Flying Boat Bases in the UK L-Z (NA)

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Airfields around RAF Riccall.

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An Air Ministry map of airfields in this area of Yorkshire showing the directions of the main runways.

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RAF Riccall, Airfield Site.

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Airfield and Flying Boat Bases in the UK L-Z (NA)

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Plan from Airfield and Flying Boat Bases in the UK L-Z.

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History : opened in 1942 as a full bomber station with 76 & 78 Heavy Conversion Unit. Later they were merged into 1658 HCU with 32 Halifax bombers.  

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RAF Site Plan

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RAF Riccall, Airfield Site plan.

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An interesting layout, designed in the early 1940's just like an RAF expansion scheme airfield with the hangars set together in a semi circle and all the technical buildings behind and the airfield out in front. The difference with the expansion scheme ends there with all the accommodation dispersed away from the airfield to S/E and later two T2 hangars were added with a small technical site.
Green - accommodation sites.
Red - bomb store.
35 - bomber dispersals.
2 - half spectacle dispersals.
6 - T2 hangars.
1 - B1 hangar.
CT - Control tower 518/40.

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Control Tower 518/40.

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6 - T2 hangars.

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1 - B1 Hangar.

RAF Riccall, Airfield Site.

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06 April 2010

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One of the 35 125ft pan aircraft dispersals..

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Originally aircraft were parked on the grass of an airfield and as the aircraft became bigger & heavier they needed a specially made hard stand. These stands (frying-pan/pan handle dispersals) 125ft in diameter had four or more tie downs to hold aircraft in heavy winds..

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Plan.

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125ft dispersal.

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Main entrance.

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The main entrance off the A163.

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Plan.

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Queen Mary lorry and trailer delivering to an airfield.

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Crew bus.

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Main Gate with Guard House and Fire Tender Shed.

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This is where all service men and women passed through to book in/out of the guard room. The fire tender shed was for a small either fire engine or a trailer pump and a small pick up truck..

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Plan of the Main Gate with,
Guard House 40 TB (8204/40).
Fire Tender Shed 41 TB.
Post Office 91 TB (12409/41).
Sup Station TB (16037/40.

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Guard House at Honeybourne.

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Fire tender Shed at Honeybourne.

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Mechanical & Electrical Plinth - M&E plinth.

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Sub-Station 20 TB (16457/40).

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333kv. oil immersed transformer of the type that may have been inside this M&E plinth to transform electricity sent around the airfield in a buried cable.

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A piece of cable.

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M&E plinth Sub-Station 20 TB (16457/40)..

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This one has curves iron supports for a barbed wire defence of the plinth to stop anybody entering and sabotaging the electrical supply.

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Cabling plan on an RAF airfield.

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Plan.

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Curved support for barbed wire..

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Nice bit of winter sunshine..

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The runways on this airfields Overall Gradient is flat with the longest 6,000ft x 150ft.

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A main runway.

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Halifax landing at RAF Driffield.

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Continuing on..

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The connecting track with six dispersals all now gone.

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Now a track but it used to be a track to six 125ft aircraft dispersals.

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Halifax bombing up.

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Crew.

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View from the track a T2 hangar base 1 ST (5653/42). ST - Steel.

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Some of these T2 hangars had a low blast wall built along their sides and I believe this was a 1940 to say 41/42 period when blast walls were deemed necessary due to attacks by enemy aircraft and later on it was found unnecessary.

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T2 with blast walls either side.

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Motor transport sheds & offices 36 TB (8801/40). These sheds would have been between the track and the hangar.

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And the Photo Graphic block 15 TB (8202/40) to print out the photos taken by the planes camera when checking the curacy of their bombing.

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Perimeter Track.

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On the grass was one 125ft aircraft dispersal and beyond and tacked on a half spectical dispersal. In the top of the trees is a small storehouse.

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Plan the red arrows are where I walked and the yellow is the above picture.

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The pan type 125ft dispersal, half spectical dis. and the T2 hangar.

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MT section and Green Photographic Block.

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Storehouse 17 (2847/37) [Pyrotechnic store].

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Storehouse and a 1937 design. The draftsman that drew the site plan seems to like using the word storehouse for some reason as I have so far not seen it mentioned on other airfield site plans?

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Storehouse light switch at the back.

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Storehouse window blackout blind is still located around the window..

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Plan of a 2847/37.

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Storehouse 17 (2847/37). I am sure this is a Pyrotechnic store although not named as such.

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Looking in to one of the rooms and a nice bulkhead light in the roof a window and air vent at the bottom.
Often placed behind the control tower for flairs or as here near a hangar where pyrotechnic that are used on aircraft can be stored for safe keeping whilst the plane is being repaired.

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Very pistol flair signal gun.

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Flairs.

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1941 British No3 MkI.

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Bricks, concrete & drainage. .

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A metal pipe collar.

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Old light fitting.

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Concrete stove base.

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Approach to the T2 rear door.

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Found in the woods an engine oil quart, (two pint) measure.

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Oil can quart measure.

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T2 steel door runners still in the ground.

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T2 hangar base with blast walls each side.

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Plan of a T2 hangar.

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T2 under construction, this one is being built by the American engineers.

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A Liberator in a T2 hangar.

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06 April 2010

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T1 hangar base and blast wall..

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The break in the wall lines up with the door on the side of the hangar.

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T2 hangar side door.

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T2 showing the blast walls.

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Inside a T2 hangar at RAF Tarrant Rushton.

RAF Riccall, Airfield Site.

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Storehouse 91 TB (12409/41).

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A TB (Temporary Brick) hut.

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How to recognise a TB, (temporary brick) hut. The walls are the thickness of one brick laid end to end

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TB is also known as half brick, because its half a brick width..

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Also the use of single brick piers to strengthen the wall. Then often a thin coat of render.

RAF Riccall, Airfield Site.

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Storehouse 91 TB (12409/41).

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With steel joists and a corrugated asbestos roof.

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91 painted in the centre..

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9 Storehouse (Main Store) TB 8199/40.
14 Armoury TB (8209/40).
19 Gas Defence Centre TB (48/40.
21 Wrks Serv hut & yard TB&N (8206/40).
39 Fuel Compound wire (14757/40).
90/91 Storehouses TB (12409/41.
100a Stores (clothing) ST (6525/43).
100b Stores (Barrack) ST (6525/43). (N - Nissen Hut)

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Technical Site.

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All that seems left is the track but turn right into the trees and then you find -.

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Plan.

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Early Halifax B.MK.I at RAF Pocklington.

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NAAFI wagon.

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Main Store 9 TB (8199/40).

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Main Store viewed from the south. This is the centre section the main store, the fabric store. Between here and the main store was the fuel compound, storing coke & coal for the heating of all the huts and buildings on the airfield.

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Plan of a main store.

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A large fuel compound that stored and dispensed coal/coke to all the camps heating.

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RAF Pembrey still has a large fuel store like the one that was here. Note the fuel office at the entrance .

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Main Store.

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Main Store is where the storage of both none -technical (bedding-clothing-etc.) and technical equipment (aircraft parts - vehicle parts-etc.).

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Inside one of the sides of the store.

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Main Store.

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This the receiving and packing case and offices is where lorries would pull up to the loading ramp and unload stores for aircraft and everything else needed for a large airfield.

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Bedford lorry.

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AEC Matador RAF lorries.

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Store-man a most important post..

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Main Store.

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Large opening doors 

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RAF Riccall, Airfield Site.

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Main Store.

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Original doors. This was a hinged door.

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Main Store.

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Store room. This may have been the side that stored aero engine and MT spares.

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The red side is missing here and may have been demolished.

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Main Store.

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Store room. Doors only on one end.

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Plan.

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Main Store.

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The receiving centre loading section. In its day it would be obvious why the doors are like this, now its much harder to understand.

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Main Store.

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Receiving main door. A pity there is a lot of damage here.

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Plan.

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Main Store.

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Door delivery room.

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An office window.

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Main Store.

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Roller sliding door to the receiving store.

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Door fitting.

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Main Store.

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Back down to the left store.

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Sliding door stop.

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Door slider.

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Main Store.

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Office.

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Office.

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Plan of a main store.

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Painted wall.

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Main Store.

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Office.

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Fuse bow.

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Light switch.

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WOW whats this, you find it and think which part of an airplane does this fit. It is an animal water trough.

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Main Store.

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Fabric store.

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Plan.

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Aircraft fabric.

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Main Store.

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Fabric stores large bi fold doors.

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Fabric covered wing.

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Main Store.

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Fabric store. The RAF started WW2 with many fabric covered aircraft so here they could hang the fabric from the roof. How I am not sure.

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Vickers Wellington nearly all covered in fabric.

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Electrical cables running along the wall.

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Main Store.

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View out of the fabric store.

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Crew relaxing.

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Planing a training flight.

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The men that repair the aircraft.

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Stanton air-raid shelter.

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Entrance.

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Stanton air-raid shelter.

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Escape hatch.

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Inside a Stanton shelter.

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Stanton shelter concrete halves that were bolted together and then covered in earth.

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Stanton air-raid shelter.

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Looking down the escape hatch at the watery gloom. The shelter came with as many concrete halves as needed, concrete sections for the escape, a steel ladder, a steel man hole style hinged cover, a door frame, door and nuts, bolts & fittings.

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Main Workshop.

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Large open door.

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Some information here.

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Some information here.

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Main workshop.

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This is called on the plan (and I do feel the writer of the plan was a little lazy and put down what he wanted and not what the buildings were) Boxed Store Laboratory. Well for my money its a Main Workshop 8 TB (8200/40-4312/43).

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Main workshops.

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Plan.

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Main workshop.

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Halfway down is a double sliding door.

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Plan.

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Main workshop.

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The end wall.

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Plan.

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Main workshop.

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Plan.

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Main workshop.

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Looking back.

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Some information here.

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Main Workshop.

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Door into the centre square.

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Plan.

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Main Workshop.

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The centre square.

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Plan.

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Main Workshop.

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Offices at the front.

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Some information here.

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A Cecil Beeton photo of an RAF officer in a workshop.

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Main Workshop.

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Offices note the original blue painted walls and door.

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Main Workshop.

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More original paint on the walls.

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Main Workshop.

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Passageway.

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Main Workshop.

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Passageway.

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Main Workshop.

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Offices.

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Main Workshop.

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The second workshop.

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Some information here.

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Main Workshop.

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Double sliding doors.

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Main Workshop.

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A bit of a mess now.

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Plan.

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Main Workshop.

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Bottom end.

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Some information here.

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Main Workshop.

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I think this is the fabrication shop. There would also be a woodworking shop.

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Welding shop.

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Carpentry shop.

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Electrical workshop.

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Main Workshop.

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NO PERSON TO
USE THESE
GRINDSTONES
WITHOUT
PERMITION
FROM NCO

- - - - - - - - - - - -
WORKSHOPS.

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RAF Riccall, Airfield Site.

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Main Workshop.

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Plan.

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Main Workshop.

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Bi-fold front doors.

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Plan.

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Main Workshop.

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Workshop bench.

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Some information here.

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Some information here.

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Main Workshop through the trees.

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My interpretation of the Main Store.

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Green - store.
White - main store.
Yellow - main workshops. Purple - 4the T2 hangar.
Brown hatch - ploughed field and site of the fuel compound.

RAF Riccall, Airfield Site.

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Fourth T2 hangar base and blast walls.

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HCU it was found as bombers increased in size that a new unit was needed, a Heavy Conversion Unit . This unit took men from flying, gunnery, radio, navigation schools and bring them together as a crew of around seven men, then teach them to fly and fight as a crew by going on navigation exorcises, bombing and air to air gunnery. From here they would continue on to a squadron and then fly bombing missions

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Blast walls either side.

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Plan.

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A Halifax under repair.

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Forth T2 hangar base and blast walls.

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Most servicing was done on the dispersed pan and planes only came into the hangars when they were due larger services and heavy repairs.

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Some information here.

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Brick.

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Concrete slab for a perimeter track light.

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Site of the control tower.

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With 35 frying pan and two half loop (spectacle) dispersals, six T2 hangars (red on plan), one B1 hangar (blue on plan), a Watch Office with Met section, 518/40 demolished. Yellow arrow is the direction of view.

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Plan.

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518/40 control tower.

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518/40 control tower at RAF Ibsley.

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Added technical site.

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One remaining T2 extended now and there was another next to it and now removed. This site was probably added as the size of bomber squadrons increased and the aircraft became more technical that this site was needed.

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Main picture : to the right of the perimeter track was a bulk petrol instillation (aviation) 12834/40.

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Added technical site.

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With the sun going down fast. A dispersal with tie downs now in the middle of a road.

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Added technical site.

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Tie down.

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Some information here.

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Some information here.

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Some information here.

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West side of the airfield.

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Now very dark and the road leads on to Site No.1 and the bomb store.

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Plan.

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Site No. 1 .

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Site No. 1 :
2 - Sergeants quarters 8218/40.
1 - Sergeants latrines 8210/40.
4 - Airman's quarters 8217/40.
2 - Airman's latrines 8218/40.
2 - Officers quarters 8217/40.
1 - Officers latrines 8218/40.

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The numbers are very hard to read off the plan.

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Plan of an 8217/40 hut.

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Site No.1.

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There were severals blast shelters.

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2360-41 blast shelter.

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Another blast shelter entrance.

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Blast shelter.

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Bomb store.

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We are now where the track cuts across the bomb store road and the picture looks into:
1 - the unloading road.
2 - the return bomb trailer road .

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Some information here.

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Bomb train with a WAAF driver.