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RAF Base or Station?

Old 17th Nov 2021, 11:20
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Sometimes even more upsetting for the railwayman, though!

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Old 17th Nov 2021, 11:45
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Originally Posted by ZH875 View Post
The line ran from Swaffam to Thetford

Gotcha ... thanks! There are some hedge-lines on G Earth that show that orientation, and are strongly indicative.

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Old 17th Nov 2021, 12:35
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LB - I understand RAF Station Honington is also the RAF Regiment Depot now? (A role previously fulfilled by RAF Catterick - now Marne Barracks as part of Catterick Garrison)

I believe Valley was briefly RAF Rhosneigr, the eponymous railway station being closer to the aerodrome. If I recall correctly, anyone alighting there would have risked waiting for the tide to go out on their journey between the two types of station.

It was simpler idea being on one of 'HM ship's books' be it a steel, wooden, glassfibre or concrete one.
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Old 17th Nov 2021, 20:35
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Wildenrath while I was there in the 80s was often referred to as the "Camp".....
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Old 17th Nov 2021, 20:44
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In the sixties in the Ship Inn in Narborough, Norfolk, Marham was often referred to (by the locals) as 'the Drome' !
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Old 18th Nov 2021, 00:31
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In the 60s,70s and 80s my father used to refer to anywhere I was stationed as the "the drome".
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Old 18th Nov 2021, 00:49
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Not got my copy to hand, but I'm pretty sure that AP3003 (an official history of the RAF issued in the early 2000's) covered the naming of RAF Stations and it stated normally the Station was named after the parish within which the Station HQ was located. There were exceptions like Coltishall or Lindholme, The naming of RAF Stations after Train Stations is a myth.
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Old 18th Nov 2021, 07:49
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Originally Posted by MPN11 View Post
But then go to Kent, and the entire county seems to be covered with 'cut and paste' imagery!
I guess 1945's satellite coverage of Kent was a bit lacking ;-) ;-)
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Old 18th Nov 2021, 11:29
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Probably lots of photo recon photos though
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Old 18th Nov 2021, 15:46
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Sincere thanks to contributors: entertaining and informative.

I conclude that if granddaughter rock reservist rookie calls RAF Honington a base, I shall relax.
She has been warned by me about "raff" and "plane" so I think we are OK there!
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Old 18th Nov 2021, 16:30
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Originally Posted by Shackeng View Post
Abingdon in ‘58! 47 or 53?
VHF/DF operator in mobile DF vehicle (RV105) that provided cross bearings to Benson for aircraft on approach to Benson
for landing. I remustered as an AQM (Loadmaster) in the summer of 1959 and was posted to 99 Sqn at Lyneham in September of that year.

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Old 22nd Nov 2021, 01:50
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Originally Posted by Tengah Type View Post
And it was nearly always "RAF Stations", or American "Air bases". However RAF Marham was frequently termed "Mar-ham Air Base" in a mock American accent.
Almost certainly from the well-known (at the time) Peter Sellers parody of US travelogues "Bal-ham, Gateway to the South", likewise done in a ludicrous US accent.

Balham, Gateway to the South - Wikipedia
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Old 22nd Nov 2021, 10:48
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The R.A.F declined to name Odiham after its nearest railway station.

The RAF also declined to fund Odiham, probably why it’s more of a state of disrepair than a base.
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Old 23rd Nov 2021, 13:56
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Always a Station! I was stationed was how I introduced my past life, never I was based!

Although most non military punters tend to ask “where was you based”.
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