TM1476 : Building on Site 1

taken 7 years ago, near to Brome Street, Suffolk, Great Britain

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Building on Site 1
Building on Site 1
According to the site plan this was one of several officers' quarters and dates from WW2 when this location was one of the dispersed sites of RAF Eye, which was an active airfield during the war. The building would seem to be a Laing hut. Laing huts consisted of standard prefabricated lightweight timber wall sections bolted together. The end sections consisted of two corner sections and a central door section. The walls were lined both inside and out with plasterboard and additionally the outside sometimes covered with felt. Lightweight composite roof trusses supported corrugated asbestos sheeting.
RAF Eye (USAAF Station 134)

The aerodrome at Eye was one of the last wartime airfields to be built in Suffolk. It was opened on 1 May 1944 and used by the 490th Bombardment Group of the US Army Air Forces. The group formed part of the 8th Air Force's 3rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) and had the lowest loss rate of all the 8th USAAF bombardment groups.

In November 1945 the aerodrome was transferred to RAF Bomber Command and finally sold off by the Air Ministry during 1962/63. Over the years parts of the airfield including the former Technical site were developed into an industrial area. A handful of the original buildings have survived on the Technical site. The remaining land is once again mainly in agricultural use.

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TM1476, 186 images   (more nearby search)
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Saturday, 6 June, 2015   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 6 June, 2015
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Defence, Military 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TM 14 76 [1000m precision]
WGS84: 52:20.6760N 1:8.8584E
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