Twin Bases - RAF Bentwaters, RAF Woodbridge


Photographs of RAF Woodbridge from Tom Miller


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Approach to RAF Woodbridge, winter 1965

Approach to RAF Woodbridge, winter 1965, with a relaxed Tom Miller. Note the sign behind and along the road which reads "Air Ministry Property". [Linn B, 1998: This is now a public road]

 

Tom Miller, main gate, RAF Woodbridge, 1965.

Tom Miller in front of the main gate, RAF Woodbridge, 1965.

 

RAF Woodbridge. Main Gate circa 1964.

Gate circa 1964. The line of cars behind the gate lead to the base gas station, where gas prices were well below that of the surrounding countryside. It must have been the last week-end of the month, when Gas Ration stamps ran out.

 

L to R: Butch Hollenbeck, Jack Froling, Barry Miller, Chuck LaPlante, Jerry Mullin.

Sunday morning breakfast at the Airman's Club was a subdued ritual with those of us who got up early. Often consisting of coffee, bacon,eggs,  and later, when the bar opened, beer and cigarettes. Here Barry Miller, Jack Froling, Phil (Butch) Hollenbeck, Jerry Mullin, and Chuck Oakes discuss world and local events. The Coffee urn in the background was always cooking and the coffee was free. It must be noted that the club was open in the early mornings only on weekends. Weekdays it normally did not open before 11 AM.

CORRECTION

From: Miller, Barry
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 10:34 PM
Subject: Name Correction to one of Tom Millers picture
Linn, ...One of Tom Miller's pictures "Sunday morning breakfast at the Airman's club" needs a correction.
Pictured L to R: Butch Hollenbeck, Jack Froling, Barry Miller, Chuck LaPlante, Jerry Mullin. Sgt. Oakes is not in this photo. Barry
(boombotz(a)bigzoo.com)

 

Wayne Mooneyham listens thoughtfully to a sharp point being made.

Sunday morning breakfast at the club could often break into deep discussion.  Here, Wayne Mooneyham listens thoughtfully to a sharp point being made at the table over morning coffee.

 

The Airman's Club Bar RAF Woodbridge 1966.

The Airman's Club Bar RAF Woodbridge 1966. Note the Plaques on the wall. Each time a Squadron visited they were requested to place a plaque on the Club wall behind the bar. Top Center is the 81st TFW Wing Plaque. This  photo was taken on a Sunday morning. The bar has just opened. ( Note the open cash box on the counter.)...Sunday's it was Beer only until 2 PM

 

The Woodbridge BX, BOOKstore, and barber shop, summer 1965

The Woodbridge BX, BOOKstore, and barber shop, summer 1965. In the background is the BOQ.

 

RAF Woodbridge NAAFI, summer 1997.

How about this, Tom. I took this picture in summer 1997, just a week after the two Nissen huts in your picture had been demolished! 
               Linn B.

 

Road to the 81st MMS Squadron RAF Woodbridge. out-dated dummy Nuclear Weapon.

The 'sign' reads "81st TFW munitions branch"
The Big One! On the road to the 81st MMS Squadron RAF Woodbridge. This was an out-dated dummy Nuclear Weapon that was used to tell you where you were headed!

 

The Tigers Lair, 79th TFS Ops and Maintenance Control On RAF Woodbridge circa 1965.

The Tigers Lair, 79th TFS Ops and Maintenance Control On RAF Woodbridge circa 1965. Maintenance Control was behind the red door.

 

RAF Woodbridge, Base Library, circa 1965.

The Base Library, circa 1965. When I arrived on base, one of the first things I did was to visit the library to get a book on the history of the place I was stationed. When I asked the nice lady who ran the library for some quick reading on the subject, she blithely reached below the counter and issued me "A Short History of Great Britain" - 1242 pages. It took me four weeks of reading to complete it... I was a bit more careful what I asked for thereafter.

 

RAF Woodbridge: The 79TFS Mailroom behind the 79th TFS Ops building, circa 1964

The 79TFS Mailroom behind the 79th TFS Ops building, circa 1964. This Nissen Hut went through several evolutions as orderly room, mailroom, and storage area.

 

Bomb shelters/Ammo shelters left on RAF Woodbridge in 1964.

One of the few remaining bomb shelters/Ammo shelters left on RAF Woodbridge in 1964. This one stood behind the 79th TFS OPs building and beside one that had been used as a coal bin at one time. The Nissen hut behind was in use by the 81st Security Police Squadron for a training Classroom.

 


 

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