View Full Version : RAF Warboys and RAF Upwood (20 pics)

09-12-2006, 08:34 AM

My first post here, and rather than asking something (like I usually do when I join a Forum), I thought Id share somethind instead. I had a look around the old Warboys and Upwood sites today, and got a few pics. Not much left at Warboys, and only a fraction of the runway, but Upwood seems to be being developed extensively, fortunately though the work seems to preserve the exterior of the hangars. Anyway, I hope these are of interest to someone.

First off, Warboys :
This next one is what I think is a direction finding station next to the Warboys site. I think the mast is original, but obviously adapted for modern purposes:

And Upwood :



09-12-2006, 08:42 AM
Welcome, and thanks for the interesing photos, those are very evocative, a little sad but understandable.

Warboys was where the PFF was based?

Whereabouts is Upwood? Looks a bit like North Coates where I used to do some rallies.

Love your sig, too http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

09-12-2006, 08:55 AM
Hi Stathem, thanks for the welcome.

Warboys was home to the Path Finder training unit. 156sqdn were there with Wellingtons.

Upwood is about 3miles SW of Ramsey and 3miles NW of Warboys. Its to the south of Peterborough, I think North Coats is Lincolnshre? But yes, not a million miles away.

09-12-2006, 08:58 AM
nice pics http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
and welcome http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

09-12-2006, 09:03 AM
Welcome to the jungle.

09-12-2006, 09:51 AM
Welcome. And nice pics - thanks for posting. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

09-12-2006, 09:54 AM
Hello Hanglands and welcome.
Those pics are way cool. Imagine how busy those places were in the evenings back then. Pilots, crew in briefing rooms. Ground crew working hard loading bombs, ammo, checking systems, reving up engines.

Great pics. Thank you. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

09-12-2006, 11:26 AM
Thank you for the pictures of Warboys.

My Father was stationed there June - Oct 1945, 128 Sqdn RAF, flying Mosquito XVI.

Sadly he died in June this year, aged 88.

I'll down-load and keep the photos.

Regards, Tanimbar

09-12-2006, 11:36 AM
Howdy!! Great Picture!! Warboy!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/typing.gif

09-12-2006, 11:56 AM
Should be excellent cell phone service in the area. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

09-12-2006, 12:17 PM
I must try to find the pictures I have of Burtonwood. There is very little left of it now apart from a few hangers and some small buildings, but during the war it was one of the biggest USAAF bases in Europe.
Here is some more info

09-12-2006, 12:57 PM
Hanglands, nice idea with the Mossie pics. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

09-12-2006, 01:06 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome fellas.

@ Tanimbar -
Firstly, I am sorry for your loss of your father, I empathise.
Secondly, These photos are reduced to 25%, and I have a few more than I've posted here. If you would like I can email them to you. Im no photographer, and the ones that came out best are here, just PM me if you want them, and I'll sort it.

If you want to check Google Earth for RAF Warboys you can find where the above came from at:

Nissen Huts etc (3rd,5th,7th,8th photo from top)
52*23'05.84"N - 0*05'28.61"W
(theyre hidden in the shrubs and trees)

Runway section (4th photo from top)
52*23'21.82"N - 0*06'08.22"W

?Fire Station and static water store (6th photo from top)
52*23'30.55"N - 0*06'19.31"W

Unfortunately I have not yet found the Direction Finding station on Google Earth yet.
There is one of the original hangars on an industrial estate nearby, it used to be matt black and we spent ages trying to find it. But alas its been clad in horrible corrugated metal and is unrecognisable, so didnt bother photographing that one.


09-13-2006, 02:46 AM
Thanks very much for offering to email the photos but what you have already provided are fine.

Using Google Earth and your coords was interesting - not much of Warboys left now. Broughton looks a little healthier but only one small a/c visible.

Thanks again for posting your pictures.

Regards, Tanimbar

09-14-2006, 02:35 AM
Excellent photo's... Thank's for sharing.


A bit more on these Airfield's.


Airfield: Operational Bomber
Opened: /1941
Closed: /1963
ID Code: WB
USAAF Station: N/A
Runways: 3 tarmac
Hangars: 1- B1, 2- T2
County: Cambridgeshire
Location: 5 miles NE of Huntingdon

Link: http://www.controltowers.co.uk/W-Z/Warboys.htm


Airfield: Operational Bomber
Opened: /1937
Closed: /199?
Pundit Code: UD
USAAF Station: N/A
Runways: 3 concrete, tarmac
Hangars: 4 C Type
County: Huntingdonshire
Location: 2 miles SW of Ramsey

Link: http://www.controltowers.co.uk/T-V/Upwood.htm

Control Tower

Main Link: http://www.controltowers.co.uk/Intro.htm


Also a story of... With the Pathfinders of 156 Squadron at Warboys and Upwood, 1943 - 1944

Link: http://www.users.bigpond.com/nqsearch/hodgepodge/pathfinder.html

09-14-2006, 04:47 AM
4th down I really like. It's not hard to imagine the roar as someone claws for altitude at take off or the screech of the tires at touchdown. Shame its all been left behind for the weeds to claim.

Welcome and TY for sharing.

09-14-2006, 06:46 AM
Thanks Udidtoo, and Woofiedog.

Sadly, the control towers of both airfields have been demolished, so its good to see them preserved in photographs on the net.

That "With the Pathfinders of 156 Squadron at Warboys and Upwood, 1943 - 1944" is a particularly good find Woofiedog, thanks for that.

We were going to get a few more photos of whats left of the runway at Upwood, but were asked to leave, something about security (heck, the gate was wide open!)

We're photographing whats left of RAF Westwood (RAF Peterborough if you prefer) next, and there will be more to follow. I will of course share anything of interest here.


09-14-2006, 08:00 AM
Great Find and thanks for posting. Over the last few months since downloading Google Earth I've been reviewing these old airfields from the sky. It's cool to see the old runways, mostly overgrown now. My father did some training at WarBoys. That was one that I had found. Not too far away is his PFF station at Oakington. If you happen to make it there please post some pics.

I envy where you live.


09-14-2006, 09:22 AM
Stand at Upwood in...oh, about 2 hours time and look up. You might just see me doing some aerobatics, if the glider boys aren't flying. If they are, I'll be about 3 miles to the west http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

09-14-2006, 03:05 PM
Hope you had a nice flight HunHunter, seemed like a nice evening.

@ Solo_Bones : Oakington is on our list. Though I dont know what remains there. I know the runway has been removed and crushed for foundations for roads, but I hear the taxiways are still there. Will post pics when done, though I can say when it will be.

09-15-2006, 04:11 AM
Had a great flight thanks, most enjoyable http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

You'll have to be quick if you're going to Oakington. There is a massive housing development being built on the old airfield. Workers uncovered a bunch of unexploded bombs on near the site earlier this year and they had to be detonated.

Most intact airfield in the area that I can recall is Kings Cliffe. Been a while since I went there but a lot of buildings including the tower are/were still there. Not sure what state its in now but might be worth a look?

I have to own up and confess that I love wandering round old abandoned airfields, especially on a quiet summers evening when they have a unique, almost eerie atmosphere.

09-15-2006, 12:56 PM

Welcome aboard and thanks for posting. Great pics, quite moving.


10-30-2006, 12:23 PM
Hi all,

We've been out airfiel hunting again today and to be honest it wasnt that great. We now know that pictures 1 and 2 in the first post in this thread are indeed a direction finding station associated with RAF Warboys. Pictures 3,5,7, and 8 it turns out are the sick bay and mortuary from Warboys.

Today we got afew more pictures of the DF Station for good measure.

Tha main blast door, and blast wall:

The blast wall and antennae :

A stove of some description :

And another :

And a plaque on the roadside nearby :

After finishing off the DF Station we headed into Peterborough to photo what is left of RAF Westwood, or RAF Peterborough. Sadly the airfield is now occupied by APV Baker and HMP Peterborough, and the only remaining buildings are the Sergeants mess, used by the council, and an unknown building used as a driving test centre :
I cant remember what flew out of Peterborough, but I think it had something to do with the FAA and an OTU.

Then we went in search of RAF Woolfox Lodge. Which we eventually found on the A1 southbound, and after a greasy burger tried to get to the many buildings standing in grazing land. Unfortunately a lot of the fencing has been replaced and the are is unaccessible. These were the best we could do :

And a pillbox at what would have been the back gates of the camp, near what is now a quarry.


10-31-2006, 02:58 AM
Excellent photo's... Thank's for taking the time to post them.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


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