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RAF Barkway

RAF Barkway
Near Royston, Hertfordshire in England
Shown within Hertfordshire
Coordinates

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Type Royal Air Force station - Non Flying Military Communications
Site information
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Operator Royal Air Force
United States Air Force
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Site history
Built 1941 (1941)
In use
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Royal Air Force Station Barkway or more simply RAF Barkway was one of the smallest Royal Air Force stations in the United Kingdom. It was a Communications Station and was a small collection of buildings and a large radio mast.[1][2]

History

Main article: Gee (navigation)

It was originally opened as a monitor station on 22 June 1942 for the Gee (navigation) network in the Eastern area.

The site was used by the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE).[3] It was part of communications network linking:

In September 2008 the station was broken into by a BASE jumper who climbed the mast and then jumped off and deployed his parachute.[4]

Current use

The site was sold in early 2011 as surplus to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) requirements.

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