RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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As I have so many photos of RAF Riccall I have split it into three parts: -
RAF Riccall Airfield Site.
RAF Riccall Domestic Sites.
RAF Riccall Operations Block.

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The airfield was built in 1942 and opened in December that year as a satellite to RAF Marston Moor. It consisted of three concrete and asphalt runways, six T2 and one B1 hangers. Although officially opened in December 1942 the Halifax conversion units of 76 Sqn. and 78 Sqn. moved into Riccall 3 months prior in September. In October they formally merged to form 1658 Heavy Conversion Unit (HCU) and in November they were joined by 158 Conversion Unit which formed 'C' Flight 1658, bringing the unit up to 32 Halifax aircraft. The unit prepared thousands of aircrew for service on Halifax squadrons. They paid a high price with loss of 72 aircraft during their time at Riccall. The HCU was disbanded just before the end of the war. Riccall then became home to 1332 Transport Conversion Unit flying Avro Yorks and Short Stirlings RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. converted to a transport role. 1332TCU stopped using the airfield on 7 November 1945 and it was then put on care and maintenance. Various Maintenance Units used it as a sub site for storage until February 1957.

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RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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RAF Riccall, Yorkshire.

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RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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Plan of RAF Riccall.

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Green areas to the both sides of the A163 are the domestic sites. Site No1. Site No2. Site No3. Site No4. Site No5. Site No6. Site No7. Communal site No1. Communal site No2. WAAF site No1. WAAF site No2. Sick Qtrs. WT Site. .

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Handley Page Halifax.

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Handley Page Halifax.

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Early Halifax bombers.

RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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RAF Riccall, Yorkshire domestic site.

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Plan of the domestic sites.

RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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WAAF site No.2.

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Five British Concrete Federation huts, a picket post (12404/41) and an ablutions, latrines and drying room (6508/42).

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Plan.

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WAAF site No.2.

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WAAF at work.

RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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WAAF site No.2.

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British Concrete Federation hut (GI/2191/42) and an air-raid shelter by its side.

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BCF hut inside.

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WAAF site No.1.

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WAAF sergeants, Officer & Air women's quarters. Institutes, dinning rooms, latrines, bathrooms, decontamination, etc. Quite a large women's site..

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Site plan, WAAF site No.1.

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WAAF site No.1..

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Plan Combined bath, NSI and decontamination centre in TB 157 on plan (12861/41).

RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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WAAF site No.1.

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Institute for 350 persons 155 (Nissan 5776/42-12602/41).

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Plan of an institute in TB 9Institute for 350 (5776/42-12602/41).

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The water tower all that is left..

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Institute for 350 men. 155 (Nissan 5776/42-12602/41).

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Communal Site No.1.

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8 - airman's dining room 8221/40. 9 - fuel compound 1943/41. 10 - ration store 8221/40. 11 - picket post 8218/40. 12 - locker room 6508/42. 13 - sgt's & airman's ablutions 6508/42. 14 - airman's showers & abl's 8182/40. 15 - airman's latrines 8182/40. 16 - gymnasium & chancel 14604/40-16429/40. 17 - barbers, tailors & shoemakers w/shop. 18 - fuel store. 19 - standby set house. 20 - grocery. 21 - institute 8222/40..

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Communal Site No.1.

RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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Communal Site No.1.

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The institute..

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Beware.

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Plan of the institute..

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Sergeants & Airman's Ablutions 13 (6508/42).

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Some information here.

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24ft Nissan hut.

RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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Picket Post 11 (8218/40) .

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Picket post where all servicemen & women would have to sign in & out,, a sort of police post.

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Picket Post 11 (8218/40).

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Some information here.

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It looks as though an attached toilet added. It looks as though somebody has tried to turn it into a bathroom?.

RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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Airman's Showers & Ablution 14 (8182/40).

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This is where the men would eat, play & relax.

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8182/40 Plan.

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RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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Gymnasium & Chancel Annexe 16.

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I cannot see a Chancel Annexe which would have been an extended building on this end of the Gym. The nine air vents are all original and the low level buildings on the side are changing rooms and toilets. Here sports would be held to keep the men and officers fit for duty..

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Plan.

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Gymnasium & Chancel Annexe 16 (14604/40).

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RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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Stand-by-Set House 19 (5890/40).

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Plan of a stand by set house would be used to power the camp in the event of loss of mains electricity.

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Two set engines side by side with dynamos behind them..

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Left - Officers Mess [1] 8219/40.
Right - Squash Court [3] 16888/40.

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Plan.

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Plan of this section.

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A squash court 16888/40.

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Communal Site No.2.

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A mix of Nissen and TB hutting with a fuel compound for coal or coke with a wire mesh and barbed wire fence around it. This was the fuel for all the fire places in huts and main buildings..

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Communal Site No.2.

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Fuel compound [35] 9108/41.

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Fuel compound [35] 9108/41 showing a low brick wall and a chain link fence above.

RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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Local Garage & Two half Handcraft Huts.

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This garage is not on the plan and there were/are no Handcraft huts used at RAF Riccall that I can see on the plan and they may have come from another camp.

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Hand Craft Hut made of asbestos pre formed sheets needing no support and could be bolted together and any form of closure front and back, here brick, in the main picture a brick garage front.

RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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Entrance to Site No.3.

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Site No.3 quarters, the idea of dispersing these site around the countryside was so if an airfield was bombed the men would be dispersed all over the place and in these sites officers, sergeants and airmen shared the area.

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Plan.

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Plan Site No.3.

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Site No.3.

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All temporary brick huts, men would have a bed and a locker space and thats all, Sergeants would have a bed, locker space and a bit more space maybe for a soft leather chair. The officers had a lot more room and may have had a walled room to them selves and an airman servant to look after a few officers to make them tea and then wake them up and clean their rooms and keep their kit washed and ironed. The men did all their own cleaning and tidying..

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Some information here.

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Inside a hut.

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Airman's Quarters 75B (3217/40).

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Plan.

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Airman's Quarters 75C (3217/40).

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Heavily adjusted to incorporate garages & extended either side but still an 8217/40.
The sets of garage doors may have been put on at a later date, this area I think became a store area after the war and a ramp was built and huts turned into garages.

RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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Stanton Air-raid Shelter.

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Stanton shelter.

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A Stanton shelter inside.

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Another bad view..

RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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Another Airman's Quarters 75D (3217/40).

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Airman's Latrines for two Huts 76B (3218/40).

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Latrine plan.

RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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Loading Ramp.

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Not on the plan so either post war or just as the war was closing down.

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A loading ramp not a vehicle servicing ramp.

RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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Airman's Quarters 75E (3217/40).

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RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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The View back toward the Road.

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Air vents in the end walls and the electrical connection.

RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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Across the Fields.

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They look like RAF structures but the more I look they seem to be just asbestos garage/sheds, they are not on the plan & I feel nothing to do with the airfield..

 

 

 

RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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Site No.3.

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Officers Quarters 70 (8217/40).
Officers Latrine 71 (8218/40).

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Now converted into a garage & shed, a good use for something built for war.

 

 

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RAF Riccall, Yorkshire. Domestic Sites.

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It was starting to get dark when I was here.

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All these photos were taken in a very low light.

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The end of another pleasant day.