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#266860 - 29th Oct 2008 8:31pm RAF West Kirby ****
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Ok you going to have to bare with me on this one coz am not even sure what am asking here. Good start huh?

Here goes, I went for a walk round Greasby tuther day and eventualy ended up on the old site of RAF West Kirby. Now this may not be urban exploring to you but it felt quite surreal walking along the old road network which made up the old barracks. After walking round quite a bit trying to find anything else of interest i notice some digging work that was goin on in a nearby field, now when I say diggin i mean heavy machinery digging almost like a quarry, so this got me thinking, what the hell is under that field that someone might be digging for? I didnt have a camera but i am sure if you drive along saughall massie road you can see the massive equipment they got there. So when i got home i remembered the overlay i had for google earth and low and behold there was a building right on the site they are excavating i mean the exact place. Coincidence??....heres some pics to go with this.

anyone got any ideas??



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#266862 - 29th Oct 2008 8:34pm Re: RAF West Kirby [Re: ghostly1]
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Wow cool can you show me 1 day please we.ll do a U.E ???
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#266871 - 29th Oct 2008 8:54pm Re: RAF West Kirby [Re: Pete_Robbo]
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Hi Robbo, might do next time am on the Wirral....will pm you on that one though as i don't think your allowed to organise UE's on forums?? Just a heads up!

Heres another picture though but this its an old one as there is more earth moving equipment there now.



Notice the bank of earth on the right which is blocking the work from the road?? think


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#266875 - 29th Oct 2008 9:23pm Re: RAF West Kirby [Re: ghostly1]
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Dont get excited people, especially you Robbo!!!
Its not digging, being used as a dumping ground for the likes of rubble and tarmac from local construction, then being screened (graded) and crushed into hardcore for further use!!
Sorry to dampen your spirits!!
BUT......There ARE underground shelters there!!!
I used to do a lot of shooting there many years ago, and before the ground was landscaped, there where still the concrete bases of the buildings and uncovered hatches in the fields of underground bunkers!
Nothing special in te ones i went into, just like air raid shelters with some bunks in, mostly under water. Well filled in by now tho!


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#266876 - 29th Oct 2008 9:26pm Re: RAF West Kirby [Re: ghostly1]
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I might pop along to this sometime, if I get the time, and take some photo's.

Cheers for the heads up, its a strange one, I wonder if any permission was required for the digging, as it may well have been lodged with the council...

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#266877 - 29th Oct 2008 9:27pm Re: RAF West Kirby [Re: hoseman]
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Originally Posted By: hoseman
BUT......There ARE underground shelters there!!!
I used to do a lot of shooting there many years ago, and before the ground was landscaped, there where still the concrete bases of the buildings and uncovered hatches in the fields of underground bunkers!
Nothing special in te ones i went into, just like air raid shelters with some bunks in, mostly under water. Well filled in by now tho!

Heh, even more of a reason to go have a dig lmao grin

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#266879 - 29th Oct 2008 9:30pm Re: RAF West Kirby [Re: MattLFC]
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yer is right lets go an U.E
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#266880 - 29th Oct 2008 9:31pm Re: RAF West Kirby [Re: Pete_Robbo]
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#266888 - 29th Oct 2008 9:44pm Re: RAF West Kirby [Re: Pete_Robbo]
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...thanks for that info Hoseman that clears that one up nicely thumbsup

also forgot to mention the layby marked p on the first pic is haunted by an old raf serviceman who died on a push bike near there. ghost

Read more info below 3rd picture from bottom of this page about haunting



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#266892 - 29th Oct 2008 9:47pm Re: RAF West Kirby [Re: ghostly1]
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Originally Posted By: ghostly1
also forgot to mention the layby marked p on the first pic is haunted by an old raf serviceman who died on a push bike near there.

Ive heard something about this in the past, but can't think from who/where... can you recall anymore details on the incident??

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#266894 - 29th Oct 2008 9:48pm Re: RAF West Kirby [Re: Pete_Robbo]
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Dont think you will find much bud, well filled in, some had rubble in them when i was last down there! (20yrs ago!!)
The bases of the buildings were still there tho, used to fly remote planes off them! There is a public footpath thru the base as well, but watch out as the fields are mainly grazing and contain cows, also the owner is in the farm just at the junction on the main road, so you are quite visible!!
RAF West Kirby was mainly a training base, radios etc. Had its own rifle range tho! would bee good to go back round there, give us a PM when your thinking mate!
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#266896 - 29th Oct 2008 9:48pm Re: RAF West Kirby [Re: MattLFC]
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Originally Posted By: MattLFC
Originally Posted By: ghostly1
also forgot to mention the layby marked p on the first pic is haunted by an old raf serviceman who died on a push bike near there.

Ive heard something about this in the past, but can't think from who/where... can you recall anymore details on the incident??

smile



just edited previous post with link to website

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#266934 - 29th Oct 2008 10:41pm Re: RAF West Kirby [Re: ghostly1]
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#267239 - 31st Oct 2008 9:41pm Re: RAF West Kirby [Re: Pete_Robbo]
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Has anyone else got any more picys?? ...

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#267240 - 31st Oct 2008 9:48pm Re: RAF West Kirby [Re: hoseman]
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Originally Posted By: hoseman
Dont think you will find much bud, well filled in, some had rubble in them when i was last down there! (20yrs ago!!)
The bases of the buildings were still there tho, used to fly remote planes off them! There is a public footpath thru the base as well, but watch out as the fields are mainly grazing and contain cows, also the owner is in the farm just at the junction on the main road, so you are quite visible!!
RAF West Kirby was mainly a training base, radios etc. Had its own rifle range tho! would bee good to go back round there, give us a PM when your thinking mate!


It was a basic training place for national servicemen plus a transit camp in during the war for airmen waiting to be shipped out from Liverpool overseas. I doubt very much if any radio training was done there and any forces base usually had some kind of 25 metre range.

Read this guys story. Very good and gives an insight into the place. http://www.britisharmedforces.org/pages/nat_dougraf_story.htm

Also the association page has photographs mainly of airmen though. http://www.rafwka.co.uk/


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