RAF Sculthorpe

History of the site

World War Two

RAF Sculthorpe was built as the second satellite airfield of RAF West Raynham a few miles to the south. Work began in the spring of 1942 and the airfield was laid out as a standard RAF heavy bomber airfield with concrete runways, dispersals site, mess facilities and accommodation.

Cold War

Sculthorpe was refurbished for USAF use during the Berlin Crisis in 1949 and then later, in 1952, it became home for the 49th Air Division (Operational) and the 47th Bombardment Wing, who were to stay for a decade.

Present day

The base became inactive at the end of the Cold War. Much of the associated housing and most other buildings have now been sold off by the military. The US quarters have been extensively refurbished and now form a new village called Wicken Green. There is also a fledgling industrial park.

The airstrip area remains in military hands, officially as an army helicopter training area, and there are exercises about twice a year.

Loads more info on the Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Sculthorpe

The Explore

There was quite a lot to see on this site and there are still parts I haven’t seen, here are my best photos of the day. I annoyingly forgot to charge my camera battery before going and it died soon after arrival so unfortunately most of the photos are from my phone.

The Gate House
The Gate House

The Control Tower
The Control Tower
The top of the control tower
The top of the control tower
Inside the control tower. All equipment has been removed.
Inside the control tower. All equipment has been removed.
Telephone Exchange
Telephone Exchange
We found a load of retro drinks cans within the the rubbish of a hanger so lined them up for some nostalgia
We found a load of retro drinks cans within the the rubbish of a hanger so lined them up for some nostalgia

That was a selection of the photos I took, there’s more below.

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