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RAF Carlisle (14 MU)

During the 1950s, part of the former RAF Kingstown was re-activated and re-designated as RAF Carlisle, becoming home to No 14 Maintenance Unit, the RAF’s most northerly storage facility in England.

The buildings of the original RAF Kingstown were retained as the station headquarters and satellite sites at Rockcliffe, Cargo, Harker and Heathlands were built with huge storage buildings erected on foundations made from the concrete of the airfield’s runways which were torn up.

The unit was a giant store for the RAF, housing everything from aircraft parts, engines and tools to office furniture, uniforms and stationery. The station was run by only a small RAF contingent of around a dozen supply officers who controlled a largely civilian workforce of storemen.

Today the site is a civilian industrial estate and many of the former storage sheds are still in use.

Image credit – RAF Carlisle (14 MU)



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