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Binbrook 07 Aug 2012 13:55 #181

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Southend Spitfire;108393 wrote: I dont know much but the control towers website might be interesting for you to look at if you havent done so already. http://www.controltowers.co.uk/B/Binbrook.htm


Many thanks, forgot about that site. Should have realised back to basics! Just need to find the plans.

Interesting to look at the first floor and balcony and how that naturally progressed into the Approach/RADAR room... Considering it's war time role.

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Binbrook 10 Aug 2012 16:11 #182

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Politics I suppose. It was regretfully, logical to close Binbrook down after the Lightnings went, being 374ft amsl in an area known for low cloud coming in of the North sea, we used to lose a lot of hours flying due to weather, while other airfields did not have this problem.

We did have a plus side, while the vale of york and the lesser airfields in the Lincolnshire flat lands were fogged out, Binbrook didn't have that problem. We couldn't fly though as we had no weather diversion airfields..

I just want to get on my soapbox now and say to a few 'civvies' in the Binbrook area, that it was not the RAF's decision or fault to close the place down, but the MoD's. So stop being such little children and grow up and respect the history, the lives that station gave, so we can live a free life and not one under a dictators heel!

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Binbrook 10 Aug 2012 18:12 #183

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Dr_Bishop;108579 wrote: I just want to get on my soapbox now and say to a few 'civvies' in the Binbrook area, that it was not the RAF's decision or fault to close the place down, but the MoD's. So stop being such little children and grow up and respect the history, the lives that station gave, so we can live a free life and not one under a dictators heel!


I wholeheartly agree with you on this David, why people in the area have such an axe to grind over Binbrook bewilders me. I tried contacting the Q area owners but they never replied back, christ, all i want to do is save a few buildings from destruction.
The site itself saw a massive amount of action and was a very important not only during WW2 but also the Cold War era. People have such a bigoted and narrow minded view on Binbrook, mind you, those that are against it couldn't have put their necks on the line for this country otherwise they'd have a very different view. spineless idiots, that's them !!!

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Binbrook 11 Aug 2012 11:17 #184

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1918. First aircraft flew into Orford Field. 1st known aircraft to land at Binbrook.

1937. 2nd known aircraft to fly into Orford field, this time with passengers for Binbrook Hall.

1938, Spring. Construction started, on Ash Hill site.

1940, June. Basic services completed, ready to receive aircraft.

1943. Binbrook now has 3 runways. Main runway (04/22) extended.

1959, December. Airfield closed for Care and Maintenance & 500 yard extension to main runway 03/21

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Binbrook 30 Aug 2012 16:10 #185

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Tales from the RAF. Occurences when I was with 617 squadron in the fifties.
I was showing an new erk round the Lincoln (Lancasters big brother) The NAAFI wagon had been so we took our coffee and wads into the nose out of the cool wind. Break over, we tidied up and before I could stop him, the newby threw his coffee dregs down what looked like a drain in the floor. It wasn't a drain, oh no! There was bang and thud and a ten man dinghy popped out of the wing root. The look alike drain was the flotation switch for the dinghy in case of a ditching over the sea. The lad got 7 days CC and I got a telling off.

Ken

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Binbrook 09 Sep 2012 12:46 #186

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Does any kind person here have any layout design of aircraft hangars, in particular those used at Binbrook?

Especially the offices.

I would be grateful for any pointers.

DB

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Binbrook 10 Sep 2012 06:48 #187

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I have a copy of the RAF Museum supplied drawing of a C Type hangar (concrete version) that shows the plan view layout with annexes but it is a poor copy.

Binbrook had five 'C' s but I don't know which types.

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Binbrook 11 Sep 2012 08:46 #188

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If not seen before, some more 'pleasant' photographs from Binbrook. With thanks for the permission to use these.


I know which lady I fancy....

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Binbrook 12 Sep 2012 09:45 #189

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Adrian Campbell first left,next to him Phil Wallis....and far right is Furz Lloyd (rip) ex OC 5 squadron after Andy Williams.I recognise the woman...but still can't put a name to her!!These pictures were taken not long after 724's return to Binbrook

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Binbrook 13 Sep 2012 01:04 #190

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Sad to see the ASP has been torn up completely.. wonder where this leaves the resident frightening?

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