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CDP
03-02-2009, 14:33
RAF Collaton Cross, Devon (2 MRU)

Came across a link with a few photos of RAF Collaton Cross, 2 Medical Rehabilitation Unit, South Devon. Not much in the way of buildings but an interesting gallery nonetheless.

http://www.cyber-heritage.com/raf_collaton_cross/

Chris

NigelJ
12-07-2012, 16:41
My father was in the Balloon Command based at Collaton Cross in 1943. I have tried to find any photos of the base before it was a MRU but no luck so far.

jdexocet
23-07-2013, 21:53
Hi NigelJ, I live ther now, since 1986, and from what I gather there were no buildings when it was Balloon Command. But also not many pics, if I find some I will post them.

ted angus
23-07-2013, 22:06
The building with roller doors is a typical BB depot garage

superplum
25-07-2013, 10:59
The building with roller doors is a typical BB depot garage

There was something akin to a T2 Hangar there that I recall during Halton Summer Camp in 1961. It comes to mind because, inside, I remember seeing a Lockheed Hydraulic Servicing Rig (mentioned during training), or similar. I can't remember it's armament connection now though - Ted may know. There was also an earth-covered air-raid shelter on the far side of the field that was licenced for pyrotechnics.

Peter Kirk
25-07-2013, 19:44
I believe this is the place taken on Wednesday 1947 :)


http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn128/PNK_album/CollatonCrossBallonDepot1947S_zps6b46f283.jpg

ted angus
25-07-2013, 20:26
There was something akin to a T2 Hangar there that I recall during Halton Summer Camp in 1961. It comes to mind because, inside, I remember seeing a Lockheed Hydraulic Servicing Rig (mentioned during training), or similar. I can't remember it's armament connection now though - Ted may know. There was also an earth-covered air-raid shelter on the far side of the field that was licenced for pyrotechnics. I think I knw what you mean but failing to find a picture !!

PETERTHEEATER
26-07-2013, 15:07
Most Balloon Depots had a small explosive store for a limited stock of explosive charges that could be attached to the tether cable via a frangible link. If the balloon was struck by an aircraft the 'bomblet' was supposed to whip into the aircraft and detonate. Not too good if a friendly flew into the balloon!

sylj
07-03-2014, 14:50
Came across a link with a few photos of RAF Collaton Cross, 2 Medical Rehabilitation Unit, South Devon. Not much in the way of buildings but an interesting gallery nonetheless.

http://www.cyber-heritage.com/raf_collaton_cross/

Chris

I have just found a photograph of RAF company based at Collation Cross 1945.
My Father is in the photograph. He was a sergeant.
There are many signatures on the back of the photograph.
I would be interested to know more and would like to visit the site if it is still there.

Carnaby
07-03-2014, 16:08
Welcome Sylj, would be interesting to see your photo.

Site Location (http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=50.326635&lon=-4.015232&lz=15&rz=17&lt=Old%2025K&rt=satellite&lov=None&rov=None&lgrat=None&rgrat=None)

Interesting! view of ENTRANCE (http://goo.gl/maps/rk1Va)


1955 Status: Medical Rehabilitation Unit


Ex-balloon centre adapted for use as MRU
Trailer shed and balloon repair shop as gymnasia
Two balloon hangars used for storage
Equipment stores and workshops in 'A' type hutting

SHQ, offices and accommodation and lecture rooms in 'A' hutting

Quarters: 55 Off + 6 SNCO + 328 airmen
WRAF 11 Off + 78 airwomen

Messing: 50 Off + 48 SNCO + 200 airmen + WRAF in single sitting

Catering: 7 Off + 500 other

SSQ: 18 beds, treatment bath

Supplies Mains and borehole water + 60,000 gal high level tank
Mains electricity + 18kW Nunn generator
MTGAS: 2,000 gal semi-underground tank
Street lighting, no PA



Also: http://www.44th-entry.org.uk/CS10.html