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TOPIC: Airfield Bomb Stores

Airfield Bomb Stores 08 Jul 2012 14:03 #91

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Peter, thank you very much. Does the 12 feet for the ramp include the flat portion on top of the wall? How wide was that? Would the rain gutter be included in the 31.5 ft width? Sounds like it, but want to be sure! PM being sent

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Airfield Bomb Stores 09 Jul 2012 04:32 #92

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Does the 12 feet for the ramp include the flat portion on top of the wall? How wide was that?

Yes, the coping atop the wall was around 9 inches wide but could and did vary. Originally the ramp coping was timber rail sleepers (cross-ties) end to end but was replaced by concrete later. The retaining wall coping either side of the ramp and on the traverse end was 'brick on edge' (4.5 inches)

Would the rain gutter be included in the 31.5 ft width?

Yes.

I have seen these stores on literally scores of airfields through the 1960s and, decades later, comparing my (then) diary notes with the AM Drawing 3164/42 see that, in practice, there were were numerous deviations so I should not be concerned about getting any model 'to drawing' Don't forget also that the outside traverses protecting the end compartments and the lateral traverses on the outside of the lorry and trolley roads were optional and could (and were) omitted if sufficient safety distance was available. So, in theory a 4 compartment store could be built with just three separating ETs only and nothing else.

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Airfield Bomb Stores 28 Dec 2013 12:14 #93

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Hopefully some good news for part of the Swinderby Fuzing Shed, several more harsh weather periods have damaged it further with more collapse. But in the New Year after much deliberation, it looks like a section of the structure will be moved to a new home in a safe environment and restored/rebuilt to be used as part of a display for talks and education, really hoping this will happen, would like to contribute to younger generations experiencing how it was in Bomber Command.... fingers crossed! Photo show a scene from 'An Appointment in London' with a similar type Fuzing shed along side a similar section in the Swinderby one, and the latest collapse.

[IMG]/community/137674=15150-Fuzing shed before and after 1.jpg

[IMG]/community/137674=15151-Copy of fuzing shed roof in 1.jpg

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Airfield Bomb Stores 12 Jan 2014 20:55 #94

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Anyone wishing to view a WW II Bomb Dump is directed to RAF Feltwell Norfolk. Here all the buildings are STILL intact and in reasonable state of repair. I should imagine that a polite request to view them at ground level would be approved by the appropriate farmer. I viewed them and the old Thor site some 25 years ago through an old farming friend who arranged the visit for me. Sadly he is now deceased. Viewing the latest Google Maps of the airfield shows the bomb dump area is still intact. The B marked area is the old bomb dump and the T marked area is the old Thor missile site, which is now a golf course, and MAY still have some Thor structures intact.

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Airfield Bomb Stores 13 Jan 2014 07:10 #95

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Feltwell had two bomb stores. The extant Bomb Store is the pre-war built pattern since Feltwell was a pre-war built airfield opening in 1937. The original bomb stores were permament build which is why they survive but were manpower intensive as the need for bigger bombs and larger bomb loads for larger aircraft increased.

As with many other airfields with pre-war BS a supplementary Bomb Store to the 1942 pattern was built and, since land was available it was built adjacent to the original BS directly to the SW and the roads connected. The new store had 3 HE Bomb Stores Type D (four open compartments) , two open compartment Incendiary Bomb Stores Type C and some additional buildings (Fuzing Point sheds etc) added around the access road to the original BS from the perimeter track.

This is what it looked like in 1946:

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Courtesy of Norfolk E-Explorer website.

There are other surviving examples of the pre-war BS those at Bicester and Wick being notable.

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