R.A.F Conningby’s Abandoned Bunker Storage.
Plans for an airfield at Coningsby began in 1937 as part of the RAF’s expansion scheme plan. However progress in the compulsory purchase of the land was slow and delayed the start of work for two years. The station opened in due course on 4 November 1940 under No. 5 Group, part of RAF Bomber Command. The first flying unit, No. 106 Squadron with the Handley Page Hampden medium bomber, arrived in February 1941, with active operations taking place the following month when four Hampdens bombed Cologne in Germany. The squadron was joined in April 1941 by No. 97 Squadron equipped with Avro Manchester medium bombers. In May 1942, aircraft from Coningsby participated in the ‘Thousand Bomber’ raid on Cologne.
The original grass runways were found to be unsuitable for heavy bomber operations so the station was closed for nearly a year between September 1942 and August 1943, whilst paved runways were laid in preparation for accommodating such aircraft. At the same time further hangars were constructed.
Following the Second World War, Coningsby was home to the Mosquito-equipped No. 109 Squadron and No. 139 Squadron, then became part of No. 3 Group, with Boeing Washington aircraft from 1950. On 17 August 1953 52-year-old Air Vice-Marshal William Brook, the Air Officer Commanding of No. 3 Group, took off from the base in a Gloster Meteor, and crashed into a Dutch barn at Bradley, Staffordshire.
The airfield received its first jet aircraft—the English Electric Canberra—in 1953. During 1956, the station expanded with the runway being extended. Avro Vulcans arrived in 1962, which were transferred to RAF Cottesmore in November 1964.
The Air Base is still active today and has been the home to many different fighter jets in its life so be warned looking about here.
The area explored is off to one side of the base and was used as a ammo, bomb and parts store how ever is still part of the base just not used anymore with slight noticeable activity going on here so be warned if you wish to explore this one you may just find a man or woman with a gun pointed at you.
On another urbex with my partner and Urbex Devil we arrived down a dirt track next to an active air force base. unsure on how to feel on this one we proceeded with caution preparing are self’s to be face with the air force and questions as to why we have snuck onto a active base. Rows and Rows of above ground bunkers apart from a few that where clearly in the process of being emptied out and put onto and arctic trailer. behold naval ship deck cannons, yes i sat in them yes i pressed the big red button and as far as i know no one was injured or killed.
On the way out we visited the old generator shed and was pretty impressed at finding the massive v12 twin turbo engine that powered the power generator, Check the size of that alternator out.
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