- RAF High Wycombe
Infobox Military Structure
name= Royal Air Force Station High Wycombe
Royal Air Force
location= Located Near
Walters Ash, Buckinghamshire, England
caption= RAF High Wycombe Station Crest
type= Air Force Base
ownership=Royal Air Force
RAF High Wycombe is a
Royal Air Forcestation, situated in the village of Walters Ash, near High Wycombein Buckinghamshire, England. Its purpose is to serve the needs of the RAF Air Command, situated on the site. It is also the headquarters of the European Air Group. The motto of RAF High Wycombe is 'Non Sibi', which translates as 'not for ourselves'
RAF High Wycombe is situated roughly three miles from the town of High Wycombe over three sites - No 1 Site houses the Command HQ and the Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC- UK CAOC or CAOC 9), No 2 Site houses the officers' mess, while No 3 site is the domestic site, airmen and NCO's quarters, MT yard, PT flight and Supply Flight. There is a
nuclear bunkerat the site the existence of which is officially classified but which nevertheless is clearly visible on satellite photographs (e.g. Google Earth).
The site is a non-flying station and was home to
Strike Commandbefore it became part of the newly formed Air Command on 1 April 2007. Air Command is commanded by an Air Chief Marshal. RAF High Wycombe is commanded by a Group Captain.
World War IIHigh Wycombe was used by the United States Army Air Force. It was the home of the 325th Reconnaissance Wing from 9 August1944 though 20 October1945. The VIII Bomber Command Headquarters was at the RAF Daws Hillthat is on the other side of High Wycombe near the M40. RAF Daws Hill was de-commissioned in August 2007.
Operationally during the
Cold Warthe Director UKWMO would have been located at the United Kingdom Regional Air Operations Command (UK RAOC) within Strike Command's Operations Centre nuclear bunker at RAF High Wycombe to instigate the national Four minute air raid warnings, with the Deputy Director located at a standby UK RAOC, described at the time as being "elsewhere in the UK", but has since been revealed as being at Goosnarghnear Preston within the UKWMO Western Sector nuclear bunker. Warnings were instantly distributed around the country by the HANDELWarning Broadcast System via 250 Carrier Control Points located at major police headquarters and 17,000 WB400 (later WB1400) carrier receivers in armed forces headquarters, hospitals, post offices, Royal Observer Corpsposts and private homes in remote rural areas where hand operated sirens replaced the power sirens in the urban towns.
List of RAF stations
* USAAF Eighth Air Force - World War II
* [http://www.raf.mod.uk/ Royal Air Force Web Site]
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