RAF Ibsley - Newlands Plantation, New Forest, Hampshire, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dragontree
N 50° 52.738 W 001° 45.847
30U E 586945 N 5637093
Quick Description: The Newlands Plantation contains some great remains of RAF Ibsley hidden in the forest.
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/3/2010 1:45:20 PM
Waymark Code: WM9W1A
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member gparkes
Views: 3

Long Description:
The co-ordinates are taken from the Direction Finding Station Blast Wall in the open part of the forest. Remains of two bunkers can be found under the trees at N50 52.666 W001 46.102 which are also detailed here and in the gallery.

RAF Ibsley operated between 1941 and 1952 contributing a valuable part during World War II; it was a busy RAF and USAAF Fighter airfield. After the war it became an accommodation base for RAF Sopley personnel until 1952 when the station was closed completely. Today the area has reverted to natural forest with trees, heather and gorse.

Squadrons stationed at RAF Ibsley include 32, 66, 118, 124, 129, 165, 234, 257, 263, 302, 310, 312, 313, 421, 452, 501, 504 and 616 of the Royal Air Force, also No. 7 Flying Instructors School and the No 1. Glider Pick-Up Unit. Briefly the United States Air Force used RAF Ibsley in 1942 and 1944. Further details can be found on the RAF Ibsley memorial at Cross Lanes in Mockbeggar.

The other existing remains of RAF Ibsley in the vicinity are the Control Tower, the Battle Headquarters, twelve remaining Compass Points, a Sleeping Shelter and the Stanton Shelter.

Parking: N 50° 52.997 W 001° 46.420

Recommended access: Not Listed

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