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GEHFileBot
01-20-2006, 09:26 PM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile14088/RAF-Welford.htm>RAF Welford</a></b><br><br>RAF Welford is one of the largest bomb-stores in Europe<br />
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It is a munitions storage installation for the 424th Air Base Squadron, which is based some 40 miles away at RAF Fairford.<br />
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It is located three miles west of M4 junction 13 and is marked by a large sign labelled &quot;Works Access Only&quot;<br />
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Most of the munitions dropped by Aircraft deployed at RAF Fairford during both Gulf wars came from RAF Welford.<br />
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greypound
01-20-2006, 09:52 PM
I thought I knew where most visible weapons storage areas were within the UK - this one obviously crept in with the new high res coverage.
'RAF' Welford is one of the three major installations within Europe; it supports the main Forward Operating Location of Fairford.
The attached USAFE News Stories give some details of earlier developments there. I would imagine that the US presence was beefed up pre-IRAQ

http://www.usafe.af.mil/news/news02/uns02454.htm
http://www.usafe.af.mil/news/news99/uns99095.htm

A fuller history here:-
http://www.megspace.com/politics/greenham/extra_000001.htm