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Colchester Barracks 05 May 2018 14:34 #1

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TerryClark wrote: There was also an Army airstrip in the garrison to the south of Colchester. I think there was a hangar there too but I've lost the details; they were shown in the Helicopter Landing Site directory published by No 1 AIDU back in the '70s.
There were 2 strips, gras,s at right angles each about 1500ft long; ample for a Beaver or Auster.


I don't know if this is the airstrip Terry referred to but it is close to the barracks area. No idea wht the official name is though.



This is a Google Earth view from 2000 and shows the gas chamber still in situ althogh it was marked on maps in 1977 as disused.

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Colchester Barracks 05 May 2018 14:54 #2

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It was marked as a sports ground on the 1967/8 OS survey and the the area in the NE was still a sports ground in 1977 with the airstip running E-W south of the gas chamber. As it is now built on it is difficult to confirm the strip locations but the SE area below the gas chamber was marked as Airfield as well. So when did it close?

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Colchester Barracks 06 May 2018 10:16 #3

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I visited my sister in Colchester in 74 and the AAC squadron was still in situ flying Siouxs. I believe the squadron moved to Oakington round about 79-80. Reason for the move was that they re-equipped with Lynx and there were lots of noise complaints.

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Colchester Barracks 12 May 2018 17:01 #4

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canberra wrote: I visited my sister in Colchester in 74 and the AAC squadron was still in situ flying Siouxs. I believe the squadron moved to Oakington round about 79-80. Reason for the move was that they re-equipped with Lynx and there were lots of noise complaints.

When I was first posted to Farnborough in 1974, 664 Sqdn was in residence with Scout and Sioux. The Sioux were replaced by Gazelles in the late '70s and shortly after the Sqdn was re-numered as 656 Sqdn, gaining a large collection of regimental silver in the process.
When it came to replacing the Scouts with Lynx, it was decided there wasn't enough hangar space in the 'standard' AAC hangar and despite there being a half empty T2 close by (Q Shed) they moved out to Netheravon in 1982.

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