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    I came across this on ebay. The bumpf on the back says: Lancaster VII, NX677, at RAF West Raynham, 1951. Can't say for certain if this is true. The Lancaster looks like Coastal Command, but that's just a guess.

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    Kestrel XS 695 ex-Tripartite Squadron, RAF West Raynham.
    Currently being restored for display at RAFM Cosford. 15 November 2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by mawganmad View Post
    what gets me is that West Raynham looks like it was left in the 1940/50s
    When I got there in 1975, I felt exactly the same thing!

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    The Lancaster is a 'Tiger Force' B.I (FE) or B.VI (FE - Far East) of imediate post-war Bomber Command, however it's devoid of any unit codes or upper turret so wondering if it's a trials aircraft? Nice shot.

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    A Kestrel Club.jpgA MTSS Stores.jpgA MTSS Bays.jpgA No2 BFI towards range.jpgA No1 Hanger.jpgA Range Hut.jpgA Smallarms Range.jpgA SMC.jpgA SHQ.jpgA Main Gate.jpgA St Michael St George.jpgA Works and Bricks Tower.jpg

    This is the lot, taken by me in in August and September 2011. If you want some more, I'm sure I can find a couple or three. Always pleasant weather when I stroll round WR. Can't remember it being too pleasant when I was stationed there.
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    Update on the RAF WR Memorial:
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    A limited edition of 500 selling for 10 inc P&P will be offered. All monies raised will go towards the proposed Memorial.

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    I have attached the manufacturer's art-work for the badge. We should be despatching in around three weeks

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    B Honours 2.jpgB Honours3.jpgB Honours 3.jpgB Honours 4.jpgB Honours 5.jpgB Honours 6.jpg

    The Honours Board, RAF West Raynham. Currently on display in West Raynham Village Hall.
    Janice Hankey opened up the building for me to take the photos

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    Just a couple more K2444 Hawker Hart, early visitor.
    The PM, Mr Churchill, being treated to a Halifax display - no idea of the date.

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    Was the Hart photo taken at Raynham? Is that an A-Type hangar to the rear, visible at the extreme edge of the shot?

    The hangar depicted has the first floor section on the Annex, so it would be either No 2 or No 3 Hangar. In which case, I'm not sure that the background would be right for Raynham. Then again, the pic is a bit small for my poor old eyes - old age and all that!

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    Forgot to add that the Churchill thing was I think from memory something ling like 6 June 41 or 42. There is a series of photos in the IWM of all the aircraft at the event, including RAF B-17 and Manchester - which suggests a date most probably in 41. Will check.
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    Yes it is WR. The area has yet to be concreted. I believe they were concreted from 1945 to mid 50s. PSP and grass prior?

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