Historic Photos: RAF Alconbury
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Communal & Living Sites

Site 5 (Communal Site 'B'): Barracks 1956

View looking south-east. This is a group of Uni-Seco barrack huts constructed c1947(of plywood and asbestos) with two WW2 brick and earth traversed blast shelters in the foreground (which were erected for personnel using the dining room which is just outside the picture). These were designed so that during a surprise air-raid, personnel caught out in the open could run, up the earth embankment, jump into the shelter  and crouch down, being protected by the thick brick walls. Any near-miss bomb blast would be directed by the earth embankment over the heads of anyone lucky enough to be in the shelter. They were also designed to be used as a trench system during an invasion of the UK, being manned by airmen armed with rifles and grenades.Photo: Jim Dutton

Site 5: Interior View of Barrack Room 1956
Uni-Seco hut. Photo: Jim Dutton

Site 5: Airmen's Showers, Ablutions & Decontamination Block 1956
View looking north-west. The showers, ablution & decontamination block is constructed of cement-rendered temporary brick. The tall section is a boiler room, chimney stack and water tank house. It was constructed during WW2. Behind and to the side of this block are more post-war Uni-Seco barrack huts. Note: Top Farm farmhouse in the background. Photo: Jim Dutton.
Site 5: Snack Bar
Site 5: Uni-Seco Barrack Block 1956
Photo: Jim Dutton
Abbots Ripton Site (Main Site): Old & New Barracks
View looking along Oklahoma Street towards new barracks, passing 7560th MATRON (Uni-Seco) barracks.
Site 5: Uni-Seco Barracks 1956
Photo: Jim Dutton
Site 4 (Communal 'A'): Dining Hall
View looking south-east
Site 5: Bus Stop 1956
Photo: Jim Dutton
Site 5: Jim Dutton Sitting in Day Room 1956
Photo: Jim Dutton
Alconbury Sign Post & Uni-Seco Hut 1956
Note the Site 5 Gymnasium in the distance. The annulus on top of the sign post is unusual in that Huntingdonshire was one of the few counties to adopt a house style by having the Parish name displayed instead of the County. Photo: Jim Dutton