RAF Broadwell

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RAF Broadwell

Postby Cluny » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:55 pm

A very brief History first .

Opened 15th November 1943 as part of 46 Group [Transport Command] , Broadwell was home to 512 Sqn and 575 Sqn C-47 Dakotas and Horsa Gliders . Aircraft from here took part in the Normandy Landings and Arnhem . On 6th August 1945 the Squadrons left for RAF Holme-on-Spalding Moor with the airfield eventually closing on the 31st March 1947 .

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Whilst wandering around , I found this built into the peri track .
Looks like a Royal Observer Corps shelter to me .

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Re: RAF Broadwell

Postby Xplumberlives » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:04 pm

Good work Agent"C" :ymapplause:

I agree about your conclusion regarding the ROC observation point.
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Re: RAF Broadwell

Postby Sploosher » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:33 pm

mission acomplished agent `C`, who knows where he will surface next............ ;)
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Re: RAF Broadwell

Postby Hydealfred » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:35 pm

Very nice set of shots from what looks like an interesting place :)
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Re: RAF Broadwell

Postby Aceyone » Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:08 pm

I just love this sort of stuff :ymapplause:
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Re: RAF Broadwell

Postby Sickbag_andy » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:04 am

Yes an ROC post - looks like a well preserved one - I've been in several of those in the past when my father who was in charge of a cluster of 8 posts in Essex used to take me with him on his evenings out to the regular post meetings in the 60's and early '70s , I often used to drive as I was learning at the time and it was an opportunity to get a bit of experience. Sadly my father died last week but a couple of years ago were were out near finchingfield and he remembered that one of his posts was close to the road there (just west of Wethersfield) and sure enough we saw it a minute or two later! - he still loved reminiscing about ROC and his time in the RAF right up until the last 2 or 3 months of his life.

I've found the details of this one - it was known as Carterton
http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/roc/db/98 ... 04001.html

this was another of his posts, clare, suffolk - quite well preserved:
http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/main/sh ... php?t=4305
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Re: RAF Broadwell

Postby Aceyone » Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:39 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss !It must have been very interesting chatting to him !
Very interested in those ROC sites,There is one at KNOCKHOLT that is apparently in good condition and I believe is occasionally open to the public !
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