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High Wycombe air base

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High Wycombe air base

I was one of the "Yanks" stationed in High Wycombe in 1969 and have nothing but fond memories of the time I spent there. I have since retired and my wife and I love to travel and we are considering a trip to England as my wife has never been there. Is the US Air Force base still there? I am sure quite a bit has changed but I would love to show her where I was once stationed. Any and all advice or comments are appreciated and, in advance, thank you...............dan

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1. Re: High Wycombe air base

Hi Dan,

RAF Daws Hill is still there, but US forces moved out in 2007 and the base is now pretty much empty while the planners work out what to do with it.

RAF Naphill is still operating.

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Hi Dan,

The above info is correct and do be careful becuase these bases are very tight on security nowadays.

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Thank you for your prompt replies; it's appreciated. I cannot think of what the base would be good for in a commercial aspect; perhaps some kind of school with the barracks and dining hall, etc.

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The plan was housing, but the issue is that, whereas most people on a base stay on it for their work, if it's turned into housing then 600-odd households will be pouring out onto the single access road at the same time, which will add to the already considerable traffic congestion. That, plus they're not sure what to do with the bunker that sits under it.

Given the state of the housing market, and our incredibly slow planning system, I don't expect that any housing developers will be moving in to re-develop it for a couple of years yet.

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It was told to me, while I was stationed there, that the bunker was used as a command center during WWII, most of it being underground to prevent damage during bombing by the axis. I have been inside it and it's pretty cool with a huge array of phone banks, as I remember it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Hi Dan

I used to go to the air base with my friends back in the 60's and i have been looking for BILL KRUGER does that name mean anything to you

I would love to know what he did when he left the UK

I have very fond memory's of the base and Bill,

I also remember Sgt Fry who used to stand at the door of the airman's club like a big black mountain...Happy days, in fact i think Bill made Sgt at some point

I would love to hear from you if you remember them and maybe know what they are doing now...of course we are all a lot older

my email address is....lolli8@yahoo.com

Regards

Lorraine Le Ceve

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