RAF Oakington – Cambridgeshire

RAF Oakington closed many years ago – in 1999 to be precise. A year later the domestic areas were turned into a high security immigration reception centre.

The good news is that technical buildings such as boiler-rooms and hangars aren’t on the IRC site. The even better news is that there’s a car boot sale on this part of the site every weekend, making access really easy.

But now for some bad news. The whole site is to go to make way for a new Cambridge commuter town…

Hangars

There are four hangars on site – two J-types with curved rooves, and two T2 metal hangars.

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I managed to get inside one of them. Despite being really empty, I was awestruck by it’s size. Things banging on the roof made it ever-so-slightly scary in there (pigeons? expanding metal in the heat?).

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Water Tower / Boilers

There was a delightful brick water tower attatched to a boiler house. As with most places, the ladder had been cut off

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Inside the boiler house were, er, boilers…

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A metal water tower was also there.

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An office

A lot of the buildings were sealed up, but I managed to get into a few. The first seemed to be some sort of office/records building.

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A stores building

The other seemed to be a stores building. It had ramps & bays for (un)loading vans

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Other buildings etc

All locked up.

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274 Responses to RAF Oakington – Cambridgeshire

  1. RAY HUYTON says:

    HI PAUL . NICE TO BE IN CONTACT WITH ANOTHER OAKINGTON SERVER. YOU MAY SEE ON THIS SITE THAT I HAVE POSTED MANY MESSAGES CONCERNING OAKINGTON. AND HAVE MET MATES THAT I SERVED WITH . KEEP POSTING . CHEERS PAUL .TAKE CARE REGARDS , RAY

  2. Ron Frost says:

    Correction to my last message. Over Belgium not Germany.

  3. Brian Whitby says:

    Lots of memories come flooding back after looking at this site, it’s very good. I was stationed at RAF Oakington 5FTS during 1964-beginning of 1966, it was my first posting from Boy Entrant training all those years ago. Memories include the Black Bull Inn at Long Stanton ( Is it still there ? ), Stan Chamberlain from Willingham ( Stan was a ‘civvy’in GRSF on the ground floor of the tower where I also worked ). Happy Days!

  4. Mike Gilmore says:

    Hi there,

    I’m looking for pointers and information about Oakington in WW2. My great uncle, Flt Sgt John Lindsay Wilson was posted there and indeed was lost from there on a mission to Munster in june 1943. I don’t have his details to hand (because I’m quickly doing this in work) but he was on Stirling MG-C, no7 squadron. The aircraft number was R9286. I have Tom Docherty’s book about the squadron but I would like to get a feel for where John was based. I think the co of his aircraft was Sqdn Ldr DeVille.

    There are a number of things I would love to find out:-
    – details of the crew
    – pictures around the base
    – where would I look to find a picture of my great uncle with his crew and aircraft
    – the aircraft was lost about 20 miles off the east anglia coast with all hands. No trace ever found. How would I find out if the wreck has ever been discovered or charted.
    – would there perhaps be any veterans who might remember my great uncle? He would possibly have stood out because of his Belfast/Northern Ireland accent.

    I have John’s log book and pictures of him but I’ve never come across any pictures of his crew mates, aircraft etc.

    Any information would be extremely useful and would be greatly appreciated.

    Best wishes,

    Mike Gilmore

    • Geordie Snowden says:

      Hi,Mike.
      Have you tried the Pathfinders Museum at RAF WYTON,Hunts,they quote as to having records and lots of unpublished photos of planes and crews, not open to the puplic,but you should be able to make a contact, they have a forum plus a chat site,worth a try.
      Keep searching
      Geordie

    • brent says:

      Hi Mike, I am looking for some of the same things. My grandfather was a navigator on a Stirling when he was shot down over occupied France. All survived but the pilot (last name Tomlinson) who is buried in Elan, France. My grandfather evaded capture and made it back to England to fly for the RCAF.

    • Patrick De Ville says:

      Hi Mike.

      I know that it is over a year ago since you posted your enquiry about your great uncle and by now you may have found all of the information that you require, but I have only just started my own searching for details concerning my own father – Ted De Ville

      Ted was the pilot of the Stirling bomber R 9286C that crashed when returning from Munster on June 12th 1943 – apparently they were over the North Sea off Den Helder – and had been too badly damaged by flak to make it back to Oakington.

      The Crew was as follows

      Pilot – Edward Patrick De Ville
      Navigator – Wilfred Murray Theobald
      Flight Engineer – Thomas James Bainbridge
      Wireless Operator – John Malcolm Davies
      Miduppergunner – Hugh Humphreys
      Frontgunner – John Lindsay Wilson
      Reargunner – John Harrington

      My brother in law has spent a long time collecting information of my father’s RAF career and has compiled an interesting dossier. Unfortunately my father’s log book was destroyed by the RAF in 1959 – my mother is dead now but she says she was never given an opportunity to claim it.

      If I can be of any further help please let me know

      With best wishes

      Patrick De Ville

  5. Geordie Snowden says:

    Hi Mike,
    Re: Your query,it’s all on the RAF Oakington web sites as much as you might get, aircraft t/o time last position, crew list,E.P.Deville is quoted asF/O. also there is a forum just do a search on the raid and date interesting what comes up,with regards to photos you may come across one in the many library books on RAF Bomber Command one or two I have come across over the years mentions Oakington with the odd photo,hope I have been of some help, keep researching.

    Kind Regards Geordie

    • brent says:

      Hi Geordie! Which web site are you referring to? I’d like to know more about my grandfather’s mission when he was shot down..

      thanks!
      Brent

      • Geordie Snowden says:

        Hi Brent,
        I mean the whole network, all these World war 2 crashes are listed somewhere, I’m sure you will come across the one that you are looking for,you seem as if you have got a bit of info to go on, try a few different variations on your searches, date,place of crash, aircraft numbers, RAF Stirling Aircraft crashes and a year, there are plenty crew lists & photos,its just finding them, took me a few months to find what I was researching almost gave up,time consuming I’m afraid.
        Keep searching,
        Geordie.

  6. Michael Richardson says:

    Hi Mike,

    Co-incidentally I am researching those named on the WWI and WWII memorials in our local church and one of them was in the crew of Stirling R9286 with your great-uncle on the night that it was lost. I have just found the website that Geordie mentions http://www.156squadron.com/display_newpff_roll.asp?ID=7 and this lists the names of all seven crew members, including F/O E P Deville as C/O.

    Regards, Michael

  7. Kristian molloy says:

    Hi trying to find more info on certain staff based at RAF oakington staff if anybody knew Helen Callghan she was in the WAF based there any help would be great

  8. Dave Blackwell says:

    I was at 657 Sqn Army Air Corps at Oakington from 84-87 & remember it with affection. Such a nice location to serve in & a plentiful social life always in Cambridge as well as RAF Wyton, RAF (H) Ely & others too. Lots of youthful memories as it was my first posting just after I turned 19.

    I know that several of my old colleagues are returning for a reunion to Cambridge in the near future. If there are any additional photos, it might be that some of them might be encouraged to share their wares.

    Sadly I’ll not be able to join them on this occasion but thanks for the site’s efforts in bringing this visual treat to us. Very sad though to see part of the past in such a derelict state. I’m sure that a more enterprising approach might have been to maintain the hangers & use them as storage/operations hubs for civilian providers, a sports centre or many other possibilities. I guess that’s “progress”…

    Kind regards,

    Dave

    • Gareth Evans says:

      Dave Blackwell, gosh that name rings a Bell! I was 18, nearly 19 when I went to Oakington in April 1986. I remember a big, friendly bloke welcoming me in to the transit room with a Scotsman called Callum Black – I’m Gareth Evans, I recall you insisted upon calling me Taff which annoyed me no end.

      The last recollection I have of Dave Blackwell was in a tent in the RCT hanger playing cards and dancing to “Reet Peteet, By Jackie Wilson”.

      Even though I detested the absurdity of the army, Oakington was a nice place to waste time at the Army’s expense!

  9. H Stroude says:

    The Longstanton & District Heritage society was launched in May 2007 with the object (amongst others) of protecting and promoting the heritage of Longstanton, Oakington & Westwick, RAF Oakington and Oakington Barracks. Faced with the disappearance of our communities under the new eco town of Northstowe – local residents have undertaken the massive task of creating a record of what went before.
    With the closure of the Oakington Immigration Centre due in November – we have reached a critical stage. We are actively lobbying government and developers for a heritage centre/ museum to be provided in the former Officer’s Mess building located here in Longstanton.
    If anyone has any photographs that we may use in the furtherance of our objects or any other information or memorabilia please contact us. We have members from around the world – all united by a shared history and a desire to see it adequately provided for in the new town. Further information and our contact details can be found by visiting our website http://www.ldhs.org.
    We hope to create a fitting memorial to all those who worked and died at RAF Oakington and we are grateful to everyone for their contributons large or small. Just spreading the word about what we are trying to do will be a great help.
    Many thanks.

  10. Stuart (Dusty) Millar. says:

    Hello, I served at R.A.F. Oakington in 1956/57 as an air wireless mechanic mainly on No. 1 squadron while doing my Nationl Service. Seeing the photographs posted on this site is rather upsetting. I have fond memories of my time spent at Oakington even though it is a long time ago.

  11. i served at oakington 1965-1966 supply squadron . w.o.chas, wilmot was our i/c technical supply flight. it would be nice being in contact with anyone who served at around the same time

  12. Leon says:

    I had been stationed at RAF Oakington in 1973. At that time the place was a Flying Training School. The training aircraft were known as ‘flying elephant’s’ – officially the ‘Varsity’. When the place began closing down working aircraft were sold off at just 250 quid each.

    A photo of the main entrance and guard room would have been great.

    • james mcginn says:

      Hi there, I too was stationed at oakington as a engine mech on flight line doing turn arounds etc. have many fond memories of that time but we refered to the varsity as flying pigs. my god they were mucky planes after a flight as oil dripped everywhere on the nacelles lol. shame to see what became of the place.

  13. Geordie Snowden says:

    Once again one year on wishing DAB and all ex R.A.F.Oakington personel,residents of Longstanton and Oakington.
    A MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

    Long live the memories.
    Geordie

  14. RAY HUYTON says:

    CHEERS GEORDIE ,HAVE A GOOD FESTIVE SEASON

  15. Noel Hayes says:

    Oakington was my last posting before discharge in 1969. As a Corporal Clk Sec I was PA to the Station Commander (Group Captains Townsend and later Gilpin). I too would have liked to see the present state of the Guardroom and the SHQ building.
    Not mentioned was the fact that this was one of the units where Prince Charles learned to fly in 1969 (Operation “Golden Eagle”). Anyone else remember that ?

  16. Brian Johnson says:

    I was at Oakington in the Control Tower from 1963 till 1967 when I was posted to Germany.I am still in contact with one person who was there when I was and would like to hear from anybody that remembers me .I well remember Stan Chamberlain the civvy.

    • Brian Whitby says:

      Hello Brian,

      I worked in GRSF on the ground floor of the tower, Nov 1964 to Jan 1966 and well remember Stan Chamberlain. The SATCO, at the time, would incessently squak for Stan if ever there was a comms problem and completely ignored the ground wireless mechs and fitters that manned the section until the Flt Sgt i/c GRSF ‘advised’ him accordingly!

  17. Hi says:

    does any one know what ASF stands for??? I have found army clothing in my loft and was trying to work out what year it would be. It is very old and tatty but I find it very interesting. I think its Air force clothing

    • geordie snowden says:

      Hi.
      Do a search on Army Services Forces,then further reading, think that could help answer you query,(could be American world war 2)

  18. RAY HUYTON says:

    reply to hi asf meant air servicing flight. cheers ray

  19. Alan Liptrot says:

    Trying to contact Chalkie white. I remember Chas Wilmot too. Use the e-mail address a.liptrot@tiscali.co.uk to get hold of me I know you’ve been trying.

    Cheers Mate

    Alan

  20. Paul Buxton says:

    If anyone is interested, I’ve just put some old photo’s of the Varsity’s taken in 1972 onto the Flickr site. Go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/borderer2009/page2/

  21. Ken Rochester says:

    I served at RAF Oakington from 1963 until I left the air force in 1968,Friendly camp with every weekend of !!I worked on Line 1 (Aircraft electrician) and for a while servicing the link trainer and varsity crew trainer.Now,Does anyone remember the Display for the 50th birthday of the RAF?April 1st 1968,there were lots of vintage aircraft on display and Princess Margaret was guest of honour.I was also an extra in the movie “Battle of Britain as were a lot of guys from Oakington.I played darts for the “Black Bull”!!

  22. Neville Percival says:

    Hi can enbody remmeber me i was at oakington from Jan/66 to Mar/67 i was a mt driver

  23. Neville Percival says:

    Hi can enbody remmeber me i was at oakington from Jan/66 to Mar/67 i was a mt driver

  24. Ken Rochester says:

    Neville I saw your message on Forces re-united !!I am not a member but you can E mail me !I arrived November 1963 after a tour in Aden (Khormaksar).Loved going to pubs again!Think I new every pub in Cambridge after five years!Last time in Cambridge was about 1994 and it was so different ,also drove by Oakington ,hardly recognised the place!!

    • Ken Rochester says:

      Another sad memory from my days at Oakington.There was a station redifusion service mostly BBC stations.It was run by a tech records clerk called “Fred Simpson”,now fred hailed fromBermondsey and managed to get a “Press Pass”and at weekends he would do radio interviews with all the top stars of that time including the Beatles!!Imagine if those tapes were still in existance!Fred invited me and a guy called Willie Pope to his home once or twice for a weekend of fun.Not sure of the date but about 1966/7 fred was found to have hung himself in his room.You never find out why but a certain bachelor chief tech was suddenly posted ,so the rumours started,Funny as I met freds girlfriend and they both seemed a nice couple.Anyone remember?

      • Martin Scarff says:

        I arrived at Oakington in November 1966 as a young 17 yr old Ken, you and I were billeted in the same room. Bill Knight NCO i/c. I remember Fred, but I thought he worked on 2 Line. He used to walk to lunch with me and on a few occasions would invite me to his studio. Did I have a lucky escape. Yes it was over Christmas 1966 we returned to duty after Christmas and we discovered he was due to be court martialed I attended his funeral with Oz, the Sgt on 2 Line and several others.

  25. Paul Buxton says:

    New photo of Oakington added. Go to my flickr site and check out the R.A.F Oakington set :-

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/borderer2009/

  26. geordie snowden says:

    Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the ex RAF Oakington Personel, residents of Longstanton and Oakington,also a big Thank You to Derelicte for keeping this page open.Nice to read that they intend retaining some of the station buildings.

    I have been watching a video of the new Busway and stations & roads in the Longstanton/Oakington area,Quite remarkable,

    Best Wishes from Geordie

    • RAY HUYTON . says:

      HI GEORDIE . GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU .THIS SITE APPEARS TO HAVE BITTEN THE DUST .I AM SURPRISED . AS IT WAS ALIVE AND KICKING TWO YEARS AGO .ANYWAY . HAVE A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR .. TAKE CARE AND KEEP WELL .CHEERS.. RAY HUYTON .

      • ron snowden says:

        Hi Ray,
        Nice to hear from you,Yes its a bit disappointing I would have thought that there might have been one or two more from our era,we live in hope, have been around the net a fair bit and haven’t found anyone that I know. a few more Geordies have come to mind, Stebbing (M/T),Robson (Bishop Aukland) I classed him as aGeordie & Auchterlonie (Gateshead) (Both Airmen mess) peeled the spuds for him at RAF Gravely, a Jackson in the hangers somewhere. Can you recall the ejector seat training modual that visited the station in 54/55 where was it parked? I remember all our lot wanting a try only to be told that the cartridge was too expensive. Kind regards Geordie

  27. ray huyton says:

    HI GEORDIE GOOD TO HEAR YOU .I REMEMBER AUCHTERLONIE .GOOD BIG CENTRE HALF IN THE SOCCER TEAM. I REMEMBER THE EJECTOR SEAT MODULE WE DEMONSTRATED THE USE OF IT WITH LIVE PILOT OFFICERS, THE HARGE WAS SET ACCORDING TO THE WEIGHT OF THE PILOT IN THE SEAT .BUT WE HAD A DIFFERENT TWIST, WITH A 13 STONE PILOS A SMALL CHARGE WAS SET AND WHEN HE TRIGGARD ,HE ONLY SHOT ABOUT 10 FT UP THE RAMP.HE WASNT HALF SURPRISED.WHEREAS A 10 STONE PILOT GOT THE FULL MONTY .GREAT MEMORIES GEORDIE, WE WILL KEEP THE SITE ALIVE CHEERS,,RAY

  28. Linda Cowling says:

    Just stumbled across this site by coincidence. I am reading my Dad’s hand-written memoirs, and there is so much about RAF Oakington, where he was stationed 1941 to around 1947, that I looked it up. He mentions trips into Cottenham, Cambridge, Swavesey where he met my Mam, who was in the Land Army (Dad was from Hull and Mam from Leeds). He talks about the Lancs, and Mosquitos on photographic and met trips, and other “kites” as he calls them, and he mentions so many people – he was in ATC. I remember as a small child, at night sitting drinking cocoa and listening to him telling me and my sisters about when he was later in the Far East closing dromes down, making the stories really funny….wonderful memories. It is all so interesting, and now as I read I can picture it a bit better. Sadly he passed away 2 years ago – he was 85. Thanks for the page.

  29. Linda Cowling says:

    sorry….I meant “Middle East” (obviously not the Far East!

  30. Pete Smith says:

    I visited the site looking for the son or daughter of R.E. Garwood aged 27 who died on 4 August 1960. I am related to the surviving pilot FtLt E.J. Shere.

  31. Pete Smith says:

    Apologies..I should have mentioned RE Garwood perished in a Vampire crash on that date.

  32. david holland s a c 5069557 says:

    i was at oakington from 26 october 59-march 61 doing my national service, i was a steward in the no 1 oficers mess, and i can remember the two pilots getting killed in a crash at comberton and they were fl lt a j LAKEMAN andPO J J BALL they were in the vampire from oakington. the co at the time group capt giles.
    the two copral galvin and copral walder
    i lived in comberton at the time and most days i cycled home
    it i nice to hear that they are trying to save some of the buildings
    happy times at r a f oakington

  33. Geordie says:

    Hi David,
    Glad you enjoyed RAF Oakington,it was a good camp,Yes there was a few crashes in my time as well, didn’t like the Vampire aircraft,had good times there I left in 56 I did all my N/S in the R/D bay in the Equip/Sect, off camp most mornings at Longstanton Rly station, When I see it now, its sad, I visited Longstanton in the 80s,it had completely changed from what I remembered and look at it now (modern)
    Regards Geordie

  34. RAY HUYTON says:

    HI GEORDIE . REMEMBER ME . GLAD TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE ALIVE AND KICKING ,CHEERS RAY

    • Geordie Snowden says:

      Hi Ray,
      I keep logging on from time to time, not much happening ,I’m thinking of the Friday dinners that started before I left mixed grill then fruit and jelly I couldn’t beleave it, did it last long ? the London lads missed out as they always got away home early.shortly after I left I got a letter shortly after demob from Jock saying that lights out was 10-30 pm with early morning rises and bull had increased, must of been the new C.O. Incedently did they finish renovating the blocks in your time there, as we were in double bunks for a long time, I was in the bunk below Jock.
      Regards Geordie

  35. Ian Ramsey says:

    My mother’s first cousin was Fg Off John Lakeman (known to then 10 year old me as Uncle John), the instructor in the Vampire crash mentioned by David Holland. Plt Off Ball was his student. The Vampire collided with a Varsity and all on board both aircraft were killed. John’s parents, Auntie Olive and Uncle Bert, lived the rest of their lives in no little sorrow at the loss of their only child, and the much hoped for potential for grandchildren.

    Remembering all 8 servicemen who died that day.

  36. RAY HUYTON says:

    HI GEORDIE GOOD TO HEAR YOU ARE STILL WITH US . I LEFT IN SEPTEMBER 56 GEORDIE .I CAN REMEMBER THE BLOCKS BEING RE FURBISHED I WAS IN G BLOCK . ICAME BACK OF LEAVE AND FOUND I HAD BEEN MOVED INTO H BLOCK DOUBLING UP . TO ME AGES TO LOCATE MY PIT . ANYWAY HOW ARE YOU KEEPING .?

    • Geordie says:

      Hi,Ray,
      I keep logging on from time to time,, another name that comes to mind A.C or LAC Casson at H.Q.used to issue the travel warrants and leave papers, at the window, canny lad, I thought you might have known Sgt.Paddy Kempston,(Cook) his wife and daughter ran the YMCA. the wooden hut, I was only in about twice. I did a few night flying duties issuing fuel to the Bowsers, 1 pm turn ins ,you would go for a supper after they stopped flying at midnight hoping it was egg and chips,rather than bubble and queak. Were you still there when Princess Alexandra visited the station for a Passing out parade ? Getting old Im afraid, but still going.
      Regards Geordie

  37. RAY HUYTON says:

    hi good to hear you are still on the planet geordie , yes iwas there wen alex past out a pilots parade, dont recall the other names you mentioned . i was in touch with another oakie lad john mercer,an armourer, we kept in contact for a while but havent heard from him for ages .you keep well now ok . keep in touch . cheers ray .

    • Geordie Snowden says:

      Hi Ray
      Still with you, hoping you are well, looks as if nobody’s found any of new sites,
      Summer Sunday mornings parachute training from a barrage balloon on the Oakington side of runway I used to watch them from the green in front of the Stores if I did week-end duty, you could here the instructor shout jump, see them fall out of the basket then land behind the hanger out of my sight, I was told it was Cadets, Army or, Air Cadets were you involved in any of it,.
      Regards Geordie

  38. mick weston says:

    Reading your comments re-David Holland Does he remember me i worked at no 1 officers mess as a civy cook about the same time as he did, i thought he worked at no 2 officers mess which i did before moving to no 1 officers mess regards mick weston

  39. Richard A Lloyd says:

    Shame that the runway ended up under the M11, after RAF station closure in 1975.
    Memory plays some strange tricks; I was there when the CO was Gp Capt P. W. Gilpin AFC. I can only find him as having the DFC. Ashenay!

  40. Reg Coker says:

    I was at Oakington for a couple of years until I left the RAF. i was an aircraft electrician ex boy entrant and because I was working on Air Sea rescue in Gibraltar I was made a ground electrician!
    When I arrived, they said to me are you air or ground. Pity they said if you were air we would make you a corporal tomorrow! Thus no pay rise.I worked on the airfield lighting/control tower. My boss was a warrant officer Dalzell. We called him diesel for short. I saw most of the crashes and there were plenty. One was a Vampire 2 seat that had a flame out at 30,000ft or something, glided down to the airfield and landed wheels up, quite intact. Pilot & trainee just strolled away, parachutes over their shoulders. Another was a Meteor which landed with full tanks, the undercarrige collapsed, the belly tank caught fire and it came to a halt right opposite the control, which I was in. By now the whole of the rear of the plane from the back of the cockpit was well on fire, but the pilot showed no signs of getting out. We all shouted get out! get out!. Eventually the canopy slid back, pilot jumped out with ‘chute and walked to the control tower When asked why did you take so long to get out. he held up the handle of the canopy which had come off in his hand ! Anyone remember the little hut run by the good smaritans or similar, that sold great cheese rolls cheap and had yellowy/cream soft plastic tea beakers that used to get holes drilled under the handles. When the old fellow there filled them from his tea urn and the tea used to squirt out, he used to empty them in the sink and throw the cup to the opposite wall!!! My mate Freddy Hedger came in late one night , a local boy aged 20, and dropped dead beside his bed in the dark. He is buried in the churchyard in Oakington and I help carry his coffin. That was all a long time ago.

  41. Reg Coker says:

    PS I forgot to mention the year, around 1952/3/4 and I was a 3rd entry Brat electrician!

    • Geordie snowden says:

      Hi, Reg,
      Good to hear from someone of my time ,The Meteor crash must have been 52/53 before my time, I went Oakington May 54 straight from square bashing just before the change over to Vampires, The wooden hut you refer to would be the YMCA run by Sgt Paddy Kempston, (Airman’s mess cook) with ,his wife & daughter ,quite a character !!, lucky it wasn’t the tea urn, Happy days good to reminisce,
      Regards Geordie

      • Reg Coker says:

        Hi Geordie! Thanks for the comment. The Paddy Kempston you mention must have been retired, because the old chap was at least 50.The place was well supported. Do you remember the little blockhouse with the steam press where you could get your uniforms pressed? I think that it was unique for the RAF.There was a scruffy looking plod there who worked on his own. He always looked as if he needed a good wash but, hey! his uniform had good creases and the dirt steamed. in.Apparently there is a road/motorway that goes through where the runway used to be. I got great mushrooms from the airfied when they were in season.You don’t know of a pub on the right hand side of the road before you get to newcastle called The Wedding Inn or Wedding Bell. Had a great night there around 1976or so ?

  42. Geordie Snowden says:

    Hi Reg,
    Didn’t know about any ironing place, bought an iron when I was on Guard of Honour, The Wedding Inn doesn’t come to mind, but 35 years on it could well have had a name change, You probably would have left before Paddy came, he was definitely there in the summer of 55.

  43. geordie snowden says:

    Hi Reg,
    Found the Wedding Inn , Newton Aycliffe now the Gretna Green Hotel ,was the Gretna Green ,Wedding Inn right on the side of the old A1
    .Regards Geordie

  44. Mark Miller says:

    Found a pic of a football team on an RAF base. My granddad is in it and served at Oakington but because of the work he did also was at some of the other bases. Unfortunately I can’t work out how to attach the pic to this comment but would love to know if the photo was taken at Oakington. You can see, I think, the control tower and possibly hangers in the background. Can anyone help ?

    • Geordie Snowden says:

      Hi Mark,
      There isn’t any provision on this Web site to upload photos, I was at Oakington 54/56, On a Wednesday afternoon (sports afternoon) we would play football on the airfield on the west side of the Control tower, the main sports field was beside the station entrance,If you do a search or two on R.A.F Oakington there are lots of photos and plans of the station you should be able to able to confirm it, I would say it was possibly Oakington.
      Regards Geordie

  45. geordie says:

    Once again, Wishing all the ex R.A.F.personel of Oakington, Residents of Longstanton & Oakington, Dab & the Crew thinking of you All.
    , A MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR
    FROM GEORDIELAND

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