Jump to content
Nick Johns

USAF to close UK bases

Recommended Posts

Mildenhall, Alconberry, Molesworth to close, Lakenheath to remain open

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-30725366

 

Thought Alconbury was almost closed anyway, most of it is nowan industrial estate

Molesworth also no great presence I think since the cruise missiles left all those years ago

I may be wrong though (and often am!!)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was part of a crew that was building blast proof concrete walls around the fuel pumping depots at Mildenhall in the winter of 1984/85 ........It was a grand place to be in those days .....It was just like little America with hundreds of awesome Yank cars and pick ups zooming about all over the place...there must have been thousands of servicemen stationed there and the local pubs around West Row Village even had $ / £ exchange rate signs up behind the bars .....

...I was there in a B&B for about 3 months and loved it .....apart from how cold it was in Jan /Feb :)

The wind came in like a razor sharp lance from the North Sea with very little between the airbase and the coast to slow it down ....Christamighty was it ever cold :) One day I was talking to a US Airforce fella who had just flown in from an airbase in Texas..........he was in a full zip up arctic 'over suite' and matching boots and he was bitterly cold and shivering dreadfully ..we got chatting and I asked him what he thought of the UK so far?....to which he replied

" well....it seems a lovely place buddy ......but is it always so ******* cold here ?!?!?!?!?!?!?"

 

It seems a real shame that it's closing ....are the RAF going to keep it open for anything or is that it ? Kaputt?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Can't see any reason for the RAF to keep them open, enough bases for them to close as it is, short of basing one plane & one AVM at each!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nah they wont sell anything it will be buried with all the jets they leave behind.........

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nah they wont sell anything it will be buried with all the jets they leave behind.........

Yeah...for someone in 50 years time be digging holes everywhere trying to find them!.. his grandad saw them being buried!

Edited by Nick Johns

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I remember Mildenhall, and the Starlifter burger bar. Pay in £, get change in $. Ideal as the vending machines only took $!

It's the residential areas that I liked. As previously said, just like a little America.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just come across this. Was on Mildenhall the weekend. It's earmarked for closure 2020. But a friend has just had his tour extension denied which would have took just him to 2018. So everyone is assuming it's going before then.

 

Operations are being transferred with the 100th ARW being located to Ramstein.

 

Lakenheath and Feltwell will remain open and the Base size increased with a possibility of two new squadrons augmenting the three already there which will transfer over to the F35 and F22. Lakenheath will be the last front line USAFE fighter station in western Europe.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Thought Alconbury was almost closed anyway, most of it is nowan industrial estate

Molesworth also no great presence I think since the cruise missiles left all those years ago

I may be wrong though (and often am!!)

No you are absolutely right. As per the bottom of the article, there's very little USAF left at Alconbury. When I was sorting my deceased father in law's estate two years ago, I believed then they had completely gone. Sure there were RAF or MOD police on the gate.

As mentioned, the runway is now a container park.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I read somewhere that Alconbury was the first place USAAF came to and that, untouched through the Cold War, a lot of it is listed and historically valuable, so I think some of it will survive as is.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Alconbury was last used with the aggressor squadrons and the TR1. It's been on reserve along with Fairford since then. Alconbury is now mostly used for storage and comes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...