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TOPIC: Greenham Common

Greenham Common 22 Apr 2008 21:06 #1

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Anyone interested in this airfield, have a look at this site:

http://sirgalahad2.googlepages.com/rafgreenhamcommon

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Greenham Common 03 Feb 2009 21:38 #2

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In case anyone is interested, I found a website with some photographs of Waco CG4A gliders being assembled at RAF Greenham Common during the war:

http://www.pointvista.com/WW2GliderPilo ... sembly.htm

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Greenham Common 13 Feb 2009 17:39 #3

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Chow time at Greenham Common:

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Greenham Common 08 Mar 2009 18:47 #4

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Taken on 1st March 2009

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Also this R44 was flying there too, must be the first time in years Greenham Common has seen an aircraft!

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Greenham Common 18 Mar 2009 15:01 #5

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Does anyone know what type of hangars the Americans used at Greenham post war? The two I am interested in are the one in my photo above and the green cladded hangar next to it.

Also where was the accomodation for Greenham? There was no sign of any barrack block when I visited with NP a few weeks back.

What was the runway headings and dimensions after it was re-built in 1950?

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Greenham Common 18 Mar 2009 15:46 #6

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Interesting structure for the hangar. It appears to be a curved roof but has a pitched framework above.

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Greenham Common 21 Mar 2009 07:34 #7

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Watch out; there may be a pitfall here.

One of the hangars was destroyed in 1957 (1958) when a full drop tank from a B47 flying overhead fell on it. So, it may have been rebuilt to a different design.

The incident was and still is, contraversial since another B47 sitting on the ground was also destroyed in the fire. It is widely believed that it was being loaded with a nuclear weapon at the time and that they HE content detonated (no nuclear explosion) spreading contamination over the base and local area. The seriousness of incident was supposedly hushed up by both the USAAFE and HMG. Google it and make your own decision.

I was there with RAF BD in 1965 and some of my photos taken then may survive in my stored records. Yet another task to root them out next time I am in UK!!

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Greenham Common 21 Mar 2009 17:19 #8

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Well its funny you should say that because my hair turned white while lucking around those hangars, at the time I put it down to me being close to my apprentice REF, but with this news it seems it was the background radiation - well I never!

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norwichpaul wrote: Well its funny you should say that because my hair turned white while lucking around those hangars, at the time I put it down to me being close to my apprentice REF, but with this news it seems it was the background radiation - well I never!


Turned white - I thought that was your natural colour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Greenham Common 22 Mar 2009 08:55 #10

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norwichpaul wrote: Well its funny you should say that because my hair turned white while lucking around those hangars, at the time I put it down to me being close to my apprentice REF, but with this news it seems it was the background radiation - well I never!


Well mine never turned white when I was there NP and suspiciously I think yours was white before you got there; probably from the wind on Orford Ness.

When I was there in the mid-60s the AM Constabularly controlled security access. Since we were there in an official capacity we had access to everything! My old Morris Oxford was soon sporting a splendidly noisy electric Klaxon borrowed from the USAF Alert Crew compound!

The building which was designated as being used as an 'Armoury' had very nice wood panelling (odd?) but a check with a locator gave off some powerful 'rings'. When we ripped the panelling off we found almost two hundred rounds of assorted SAA which had been dropped behind the panels.

Oddly, we were not there to clear the WW2 Bomb Stores in the north (other side of the main road) but to clear the Cold War SSA (Supplementary Storage Area) a euphemism for a nuclear bomb store. Some time later, the GLCM Shelters were built in the north of that site and became infamous as the anti cruise missile fraternity's political target.

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