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    Arrow R.A.F. Speke & R.O.C.post,Liverpool,Jan2011.

    History taken from Georgie's report(thanks)

    Building commenced in 1930 though the site had much earlier aviation links.Officially opened IN -33 the airport soon became one of the busiest in the country.

    The first military connection was in 1936 when 611 squadron R.A.F. moved in.They were soon joined by other units,and by 1939 the military prescence was so large that the airport was requisitioned by the air ministry.One of 611 squadrons Hurricanes scored the first 'kill' of the Speke units when the Czech pilot shot down a German Ju 88 bomber As the war progressed.

    a shadow factory was built near the airport with the Rootes group building Blenheim and later Halifax aircraft.

    Additional runways were built to make a total of 3 extra hangers and other buildiings added.The 2 main hangers were now being used by the American Lockheed and Douglas companys to assemble Mustang and P38 Lightning aircraft.

    In 1946,the airport reverted back to civilian use and By the early 1970s it was deemed that it would soon be unsuitable for the increased demands of larger airliners and it was closed when the 'new' John Lennon airport was built

    nowadays the old terminal building is a hotel (crown plaza) and has retained many of its original features also the hangers are now in use for commercial purposes

    This building was a shooting butt for the aircraft to test their guns and cannons It would be filled with sand at the rear to absorb the shells and bullets aircraft would line up in front of it and fire ........some bullet damage can still be seen on the walls..



    Bunker 1












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    bunker 2









    A totally random find nearby...


    Anyway onto what i think is the only ROC post in Liverpool,sadly though it's covered in brambles &
    is filled up full of rubble & can be easily missed whlist passing through..enjoy..







    thank you.
    "Its a hobby,not a way of life"

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    Cool pics.What's going on with those fish and what's a ROC post ????

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    Brilliant Pics.

    I would love to use some of these on the War Website.

    These are great.
    BE NICE......................OR ELSE

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    i enjoyed this place when i done it ...you should ahve went over the old airport and seen them planes aswell la

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgie t View Post
    i enjoyed this place when i done it ...you should ahve went over the old airport and seen them planes aswell la
    was going to mate but we ran out of time & it was going dark :-(
    "Its a hobby,not a way of life"

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    Quote Originally Posted by wherever i may roam View Post
    was going to mate but we ran out of time & it was going dark :-(
    Come on....what's an ROC post????

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