RAF Alconbury, Huntingdonshire
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Opened : May 1938
Closed : 15 April 1995
USAAF Sta No : 102
Current use : Disused / Industry / USAFE
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My thanks go to Paul Bellamy for his help with the correct terminology and captions for these photos.
Aerial Photos of Alconbury Airfield
BUILDING 13 : Aircraft Equipment Maintenance Facility
Built in in the early 1970's and opening in late 1973, this was originally the 10th Field Maintenance Squadron building. The building included the Aircraft Maintenance Job Control and the Deputy Commander for Maintenance, along with a snack bar that was staffed by the Field Maintenance Wives Club. This was one of the first buildings to be demolished at Alconbury at the start of the redevelopment of the site in 2014.
BUILDING 19 : Station Offices & Admin Offices
BUILDING 25 : Command Post (Soft) and the AUTODIN Annexe
The nissen hut part of this building was originally built in about 1942 as the Crew Rest, Locker and Drying Rooms to Air Ministry Drawing Number 15657/41. When the Americans moved in it was used for general and specialist crew briefings. After the war and into the 1950s the use changed and it acme the Base Headquarters and Operations, at this time the internal layout changed. Latterly it has been used by various based units as a headquarters facility and the communications centre.
BUILDING 31 : 10th Security Police Squadron Headquarters and Central Security Control
Originally built as the Watch Office & Operations Block with attached Crew Briefing Room in 1941, this is the second 'Control Tower' at Alconbury, the first one still exists on a farm in Little Stukeley. The third watch office was built in 1943 and was near the Abbotts Ripton Depot site on the south east side of the airfield, it was demolished in 2013. The fourth control tower was built in the 1950s and was demolished on 15 June 2015. Building 31 is a listed building and is scheduled to be restored at some point in the future.
BUILDING 51 : Parachute & Dinghy Shop
This building was demolished in March 2015.
BUILDING 56 : 17th Reconnaissance Wing Deputy Chief of Maintenance Facility
This building is scheduled to be demolished in September 2016.
BUILDING 68 : 10th Component Repair Squadron Hush House Facility
This building was demolished in January 2015.
BUILDING 70 : Weapons System Maintenance Administration Facility
BUILDING 73 : Field Training Facility
This building was demolished in September 2015.
BUILDING 133 : Petroleum, Oils And Lubricants 'Site C'
BUILDING 210 : TR-1 Avionics Maintenance Facility 'Magic Mountain'
BUILDING 250 : Precision Measuring Equipment Laboratory
Originally built in the early 1940's as the wartime base theatre, this building continued in this role until at least the 1950's. During the 1960's the building changed use and became the Precision Measuring Equipment Laboratory. The last use of the building was the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Headquarters before the base closed. The building was demolished in 2014.
Control Tower Complex
Guard Mount and Central Security Control
Hardened Aircraft Shelters (TAB-Vee)
Hardened Aircraft Shelters (U-2 / TR-1)
M & E Plinth with Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Graffiti
An interesting cold war relic with some graffiti painted on by some anti-war protestors. It is located near the southern area TAB-Vee perimeter fence. From what I can transcribe, the following is written,
East Side : REMEMBER HIROSHIMA
North Side : STUFF NATO
North Side : PEACE PLEASE
North Side :
South Side : NO US BASES HERE
West Side : ALCONBURY TOMORROWS NUCLEAR GRAVEYARD