RAF CONINGSBY BOMB DUMP

Due to the aircraft stationed at RAF Coningsby there was an external bomb dump, in order to Reduce the quantities of explosives stored and the number of personnel exposed to risk, along with separating explosive processing from storage were the major lessons adopted in what I believe was the reason for a bomb dump further away than normal.

RAF Coningsby Bomb Dump
Service area for Skyflash and Sidewinder missiles

Historically I couldn't find much on this place. I did find out about an accident that occurred there in 1971 though.

An accident which killed 2 armourers while they were preparing 68mm SNEB Rockets. Without warning, one initiated in the process building they were working in. There was an unexplained electrostatic discharge causing the rocket motor to fire.

RAF Coningsby Bomb Dump
RAF Coningsby Bomb Dump

I and Rachel had a relatively leisurely stroll around, we parked up a fair distance down the road from the location and walked towards the site as not to arise suspicion. I'd allocated 45 mins to an hour to this explore this before I felt we would be pushing our luck of been seen.

As we were walking around the site overhead the aircraft from the main RAF base were performing training runs.

As far as bomb dumps go it was 'normal' in layout and relatively huge. Administration buildings are scattered at the front section of the site past the picket post and the remainder were process buildings or prep buildings.

RAF Coningsby Bomb Dump
RAF Coningsby Bomb Dump

The buildings at the far end of the complex are the ones which have the interesting items in. We had reached our allocated time and was starting to get a bit spooked by the increase in activity above us with the aircraft training and also a car driving slowly around the perimeter who had parked up at the main gates and proceeded to do an entire drive around the circuit road. We didn't push our luck and went

The buildings comprise various remote communication vehicles, forklifts, generators and a GCM-A03 twin barrelled Oerlikon. This had a firing seat where someone could sit, almost like a little cabin. Apparently this monster is capable of firing 650 rounds a minute. The second which there were 2 of didn't have a firing seat so it was fired by someone either standing up and shooting it or controlled electronically. The first fired 30 mm rounds while the second fired 35 mm rounds. Both would have been mounted on a ship and both had the barrels removed.

RAF Coningsby Bomb Dump
GCM-A03 twin barrelled Oerlikon
RAF Coningsby Bomb Dump
RAF Coningsby Remote Communication Vehicle

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