RAF West Raynham, Norfolk, UK » Urbex

History of RAF West Raynham Opening in May 1939, Royal Air Force West Raynham was used by RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War. RAF West Raynham was an expansion scheme airfield with a grass landing strip and a Fort-type lookout tower. The lookout tower was replaced with a Control Tower for Very Heavy Bomber Stations later in the war.

The headquarters and accommodation blocks were built to the west of the landing area and bomb stores to the south-east. In 1943 two concrete runways were built to replace the grass landing strip. One runway was 1.8km and the other 1.3km in length.

The housing on the base was also expanded at the same time, providing accommodation for 2,456 men and 658 women. The station had a Rapier missile training dome, in which a 180 degree simulation could be projected onto the inside of the dome to simulate flight in a fighter jet. Many of the facilities were similar to those provided by the stations sister base RAF Kirton in Lindsey 1 in Lincolnshire, including the training dome.

The station closed in 1994 but was retained as a strategic resrve. The site laid derelict until the RAF decided it was surplus to requirements in 2006 and was sold to developers in 2007. Part of the site has been used as a new housing estate, and the land around the main runway is now a solar farm.

My Visits I have visited RAF West Raynham on a couple of occasions the first was a few years ago with Mr T 2 and we got round some of the site. Much more recently I visited with Spider Monkey 3 and checked out a lot more of the place. I was pleasantly surprised with the sports hall and gym, and there was plenty left to see all over the site.

The big dome was accessible on our first visit but had been completely filled with timber and boarded, so was therefore pitch black inside by the second visit.

Airman s Restaurant RAF West Raynham Twin staircases in the Airman s Restaurant RAF West Raynham Top of the twin staircases RAF West Raynham Peeling paint RAF West Raynham Decaying room RAF West Raynham Airman s Restaurant RAF West Raynham Servery area RAF West Raynham Kitchen Officer s Mess RAF West Raynham Officer s Mess External RAF West Raynham Officer s Mess main entrance RAF West Raynham Dining hall RAF West Raynham Dining hall RAF West Raynham Top officers dining room Station HQ RAF West Raynham Station HQ RAF West Raynham Bars on windows RAF West Raynham Telephone Equipment RAF West Raynham Doorway with serving shelf Accommodation Blocks RAF West Raynham Accommodation Block External RAF West Raynham Staircase RAF West Raynham Chair in a room RAF West Raynham Ivy growing inside a dorm room RAF West Raynham Sinks in shared bathroom Medical Block RAF West Raynham Medical block entrance RAF West Raynham Medical block entrance lobby RAF West Raynham Treatment room RAF West Raynham X-Ray room RAF West Raynham Cabinets in treatment room Sports Hall RAF West Raynham The sports hall is well preserved RAF West Raynham Climbing ropes RAF West Raynham Weight training bay RAF West Raynham Plant room RAF West Raynham Changing room Control Tower RAF West Raynham Control Tower RAF West Raynham Control Tower RAF West Raynham Control desks RAF West Raynham On top of the tower Hangers and Training Dome RAF West Raynham One of the hangers and the dome RAF West Raynham Inside the training dome RAF West Raynham Dome external RAF West Raynham Hangers Water Tower and Externals RAF West Raynham View down a tree lined avenue RAF West Raynham Building and courtyard RAF West Raynham View from water tower RAF West Raynham The water tower RAF West Raynham Admin building RAF West Raynham Squadron Garage RAF West Raynham Front gates References ^ RAF Kirton in Lindsey (www.bcd-urbex.com) ^ Mr T (www.mthornleyphotography.co.uk) ^ Spider Monkey (www.facebook.com)