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Help Us Solve a Mystery at RAF Bicester

Here in the South East we have given a grant to restore a mystery structure at RAF Bicester, now the home of Bicester Heritage. This is where we need help from the public to understand what it was used for and what it looked like when the site was in active use as an RAF Bomber Training Station during the Second World War (WW2, WWII).

The clues

The structure was hidden by ivy and trees and despite historical research using old photographs and RAF records, its use remains a mystery. The structure sits on the edge of the airfield at Buckingham Road and appears to be some sort of brick built shelter positioned between the road and the RAF’s refuelling area.

The shelter has damp proof coursing, tanking to the outside of the brick walls and was probably partially buried – hence the need for it to be watertight. The other brick shelters do not have the damp-proofing measures so this one is special in some way. We are hoping the public can help us to discover what it was used for, why it was different from the others and how it looked originally. All this knowledge will help us determine the best way to repair and conserve the structure for the future.

We would love to dig deeper into the story of this structure. We don’t know what it was used for or when it was constructed, but we hope that someone will know what purpose it served, particularly as it is in such a prominent location on the edge of the airfield and must have been visible from the road. If you can help us to reveal this building’s history please contact us via or call us on 01869 327 928.

Philip White, Bicester Heritage
Overgrown brick structure at RAF Bicester.
Mystery structure at RAF Bicester, formerly a WW2 RAF Bomber Training Station © Historic England
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