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    Default 5FTS Oakington Vampires - at RAF Graveley

    RAF Graveley is better known for the courageous missions of the Halifax and Lancaster pathfinder crews, as well as the Mosquito light bombers, but postwar it was also used by the Vampire T.11 trainers of the 5 FTS as a relief landing ground, operating out of Oakington and doing touch and goes as well as take offs and landings at Graveley up until the mid 1960's.
    I'd love to know if anyone has any photos of these at Graveley please?


    Rob

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    Hi Rob,
    I was researching the same theme for my recent preoject and I have to say I was able to find a good site regarding the airfiled but unfortunately no photo with any aircraft from the period you mentioned.

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Thanks Pavel, I'm sure there must be one or two out there somewhere. Ive read of the late sixties filming of "The Train Robbery" film there and the testing of a dragster on the main runway, but I think the Vampires represent the final flying part of the RAF's history at the airfield.!


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    It was the J E Levine film 'Robbery' with Stanley Baker that used Graveley as the 'hide out' in the film... google 'Robbery,Stanley Baker' to find wiki page.
    In the final release it is hard to see any aspect of Graveley.

    PaulH.

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