Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

RAF Upottery (Smeatharpe), Blackdown Hills, Devon

This was my first airfield explore, and somewhat of a long-held dream of mine. Visited in January 2009, with a friend who belonged to the same website forum as me, and who kindly offered to drive us.

The airfield was opened on 17th February, 1944 and became USAAF Station 462. It has since been made famous by the book and TV series 'Band of Brothers', about the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Easy Company), who trained and flew from here. It eventually closed during November 1948.

Now farmland, as many of the WW2 airfields originally were, the Watch office has been used for storing cattle feed, some of the interior walls knocked through for the purpose.

The concrete plinths for the stoves are still in most of the huts, and in one of the plinths are the remains of the tin stove pipe with the outlet above. Most of the original fixtures in the huts also remain, such as light switches and metal ceiling fittings.

A fireplace can be seen in the photo below.

The photo below shows the only remaining Nissan Hut that I saw during my visit. However, I was later told, by another forum friend who'd made a previous visit, that we missed a considerable part of the site comprising the technical buildings. So there may have been more.

While changing over to a different web builder I saw that there's not very much on this page article - we saw considerably more buildings and I've got a lot of information about them - and I'll add more as soon as I can. Meanwhile, there are many more photos are in the album, which can be seen in the Photo Gallery. 

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