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I am at RAF Lyneham for a week at the end of this month and time permitting I thought I'd take a look at RAF Clyffe Pypard, having looked on the web there looks to be alot to see. Does anyone have plans or tips for things to see there? Who do I need to contact to arrange a visit?
Clyffe Pypard is worth a visit, we have seen nearly everything except the rifle range as its right by a rented house. Access is very good just walk the perimeter track and you will find some pillboxes & a battle HQ. The view of Lynham from the hill is very good.
Have a good day.
Couple of photos from Clyffe Pypard when I visited earlier in the month.
25 yd Machine Gun Range
Greetings! I have only just joined this forum and already nostalgia has kicked in big-time! I searched for Clyffe Pypard among other airfields and here I am. I shall be 70 in a couple of weeks and was here for an Air Training Corps summer camp in the early 1950s. I remember being somewhat disappointed as as we were under canvas and there were no signs of any aircraft or indeed much 'warlike' stuff that fifteen year old kids delighted in except the 25yd rifle range. We had some shooting time on this, using .22 versions of the SMLE; no kick and a chance to .... off my fellow cadets as I out-shot them all. Dad had a 5-shot bolt action BSA .22 we used for shooting bunnies on an uncle's farm in Cornwall so I was no stranger to accurate shooting.
At this time Clyffe Pypard was being used solely as a transit camp and for troops being flown to or from RAF Lyneham. I am thinking that as this was around 1952/3 they were most probably involved in the Korean war.
A disappointment too was that our "air experience flights" were on Lyneham's resident Hastings a/c. I think I mentioned elsewhere that this seemed about as exciting as riding the school bus; especially as our local airfields at home in Cornwall were St Eval and St Mawgan where we had flown in Coastal Command's Lancasters and both early marks of Shackletons! Perhaps it is not just this century that has a monopoly on spoiled brats!
I have been to Clyffe Pypard, not much left, I can just remember the wooden huts and water tower. If you are that way take a walk around the perimeter track, its a nice walk on a warm evening.
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