Twin Bases - RAF Bentwaters, RAF Woodbridge


RAF Bentwaters - Technical Site


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23 February 2001

The fire stations at the Tunstall end of RAF Bentwaters.
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 1. The fire stations at the Tunstall end of the base.
Paul Topolosky adds: "The shelter in your photos next to the fire department was used for liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen tank storage. When I realized the photo was of the shelter next to the fire department it jogged my memory a bit more. The one photographed and one at Woodbridge just before you enter the fuels storage area, on the right hand side of the road, were used for the oxygen and nitrogen."

 

A hardened refuelling truck shelter.

 2. A hardened refuelling truck shelter (David Galvan). Several of these around the base.
More details from Curtis Osier: "This Bldg. is a POL (Fuels) Truck Shelter with 2 foot thick cement walls and 1 foot thick steel doors. It would have contained 2 R-5 or R-9 trucks - refueling units - both held 5,000 gallons of jet fuel. The reason I recognised the building is because I helped paint it in 89."

Closer view of the hardened refuelling truck shelter.

3. Closer view of the hardened refuelling truck shelter.
Even more info from Gary Keefer: "The structure in picture #2 (in the background with brown top) and the structure in picture #3 are aircraft refueling truck hardened shelters. Note the fuel vapor ventilation fan on the roof. Gary Keefer, MSgt, USAF"

Yet more information, from Paul Topolosky; "We used these buildings to store our refuel trucks. We had to store a certain number of refuelers in what was called War Reserve Material (WRM). During exercises we would park the refuelers we used in those buildings to hide them from the enemy and protect them from attack. We called the buildings "Truck Shelters". We would back the trucks into the shelter, open the small square door in the back, close and lock the four large doors, and enter the shelter from the small door we had previously opened and lock ourselves in from the inside. When needed to refuel the aircraft we would receive a call on the radio. That was one of the favorite places to spend the day for us fuel truck operators during exercises because once locked inside we would not wear our gas masks like the rest of the base because the inspectors could not get in to see us. We would have to let them in so we would only wear our masks when they knocked on the door to get in." But this actual truck store is something else (see Paul's comments about that particular building).

 

Mural in the fabrication shops alongside Hangar 74.
4. Mural in the fabrication shops alongside Hangar 74.

 

The gatehouse at the Tunstall end of the base.
5. The gatehouse at the Tunstall end of the base.

 

Control panel in the Tunstall gatehouse.
6. Control panel in the Tunstall gatehouse.

 

Paper sign stuck to the inside of the glass door of the Tunstall gatehouse.
7. Paper sign stuck to the inside of the glass door of the Tunstall gatehouse.
Note, this was still in place in 2001, eight years after base closure.


 

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