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    Default Stanbridge

    Not an airfield site, but one fundamental to the RAF's operations over many years.

    As is the way of things these days, the place is closing. A ceremony was held yesterday as the RAF Ensign was lowered for the last time (BBC Look East carried a report).

    English Heritage have released a report on the site, which can be downloaded:

    http://services.english-heritage.org...45_2011WEB.pdf
    Last edited by Richard Flagg; 20-08-2012 at 12:41.

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    Default Re: RAF Stanbridge

    Quietly slips away....thanks for the report which contains easily digested history.

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    Default Re: RAF Stanbridge

    I went to an airshow there in the 1970's.........I say airshow, it was an F1-11 booked to do a few low passes for their open day one Saturday way back when. Must have been 1978 I think just before I joined up. I can't remember the stations role though?? Anyway, the F1-11 didn't find it but could be heard in the local area. Very sad to hear it's closing.

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    Default Re: RAF Stanbridge

    This was Communication Centre Central. All signals to overseas units went via here. To RAFG by landline, and all points east by HF Radio link. I was in Commcen Gan when RAF Nairobi closed and a direct link to UK was opened.

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    Default Re: Stanbridge

    Stanbridge was handed over by the MOD to its new owners on the 28th March 2014.

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    1955 Status: 90 Group HQ Central Signals Area

    Signals building in brick and concrete
    Equipment stores in timber hutting
    MT Section - permanent brick and concrete garage and workshop including fire trailer shed
    AMWD stores and workshop in Nissen hutting.

    Admin:
    SHQ in permanent brick and concrete building
    Guardroom, offices and training school in timber hutting
    Brick GPO rest room.

    Quarters:
    Nil single officers, nil SNCO, 180 airmen
    14 married officers, nil SNCO, 74 airmen
    Nil WRAF, nil civilian

    Messing:
    12 officers, 23 SNCO, 600 airmen in single sitting
    Catering for 300 (combined). New airmen's mess can cater for 1,000

    SSQ: MI room

    Services: Mains water and electricity and sewage.

    Two 18,000 gallon underground water tanks
    Diesel - 3,000 and 1,000 gallon underground + 400 gallon above ground
    200 kW and 60kW standby generators
    No street lighting or PA (later amended to lighting on domestic site only)

    Recreational: NAAFI and recreation rooms.

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    Odd it had no quarters (I presume married quarters) for SNCOs, or even more strangely for single officers,never heard of single officers ever having married quarters.

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