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On 27/02/2012 at 20:48, CJax kid said:

I grew up on the gleadless valley estate close to the old base at Norton. I regularly would take the family dogs down Lightwood lane for long walks and on some occasions would walk on a foot path across farm land that took you to the south eastern side of the old camp. At the edge of the camp on the edge of woodland there is a big concrete bunker. It was a considerable structure, Steel doors either end and inside chairs, steel frame bunk beds, a couple of decades of rubbish and graffiti. It was a wellies on exploration inside as there always seemed to be about a foot of water in it. Growing up during the cold war I was convinced that if the russians had pressed the button that bunker may have been one of the few places to shelter. Being so close to sheffield city centre..probably not!! but the thought was comforting to at least one young gleadless lad..wonder if anyone else came across it?? Its not visible on google earth..Ive looked. Will take a walk down memory lane during the summer and take some photos of it and post.

Replying to an old post, but heres some photos I took a few years ago of the bunker within the aerodrome. It was my playground as a kid back in the late 70's & 80's. I used to peer inside but it was a dark damp and frightening place as a young kid...

 

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The bunker is hidden from view by the tree at the end of the dead end track to the right..

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Number 16 Balloon Centre at RAF Norton was the headquarters and main base for the Sheffield Balloon barrage ( original HQ @ 641, Attercliffe Road). The first operational use of the barrage was made on 26 August 1939 and, at full strength, ( WAAF's and  locally recruited members of members of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force) they could deploy a total of 72 of the 63 x 31 ft balloons at a height of around 6,000 ft. No 939 Sqdn was responsible for the western area ( HQ Broom Grove Road),No 940 Sqdn for Rotherham ( HQ...Station Hotel, Rotherham) whilst No. 941 positioned itself in the middle of the zone ( HQ Scott Road).

The balloons operated from a number of sites around the zone and consisted of a crew of ten and a motorised winch. As the chronic shortage of men became ever more obvious moves were made to operate the potentially hazardous balloon barrages with all women crews and Sheffield was chosen for the experiment...This was an overwhelming success and by 1941 thousands of WAAF's and their NCO's were taking over balloon barrage sites throughout the country.

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Thanks for the proof!

I assume that they didn't fly the balloons after the war ended?

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My grandad used to teach my mother to drive on the old aerodrome.  I  think many other people used it for driving lessons too.

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I would be interested to know where the ecclesfield strip was, as I was born in ecclesfield

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My parents blew certain parts of the norton aerodrome up the bunkers i believe, it was a disused air base in WW2 they also pulled other parts of it down to the company that they was known by was A.D.H Demolition Limited also famous demolition lady of our time (DOT HULL SHEFFIELD), ill try to find some photos i know we have

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I was a member of 317 Sqdn ATC back around 1959, I see the row of huts close to the road that we used are still shown on Google Earth. 

Anyone remember WO Nichols, Sgt Aston, Cpl Tinsley from back them?

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RAF Norton was an active base during WW2. and for some years after .It was the HQ for Number 16  balloon centre responsible for 72 balloons around the Sheffield Gun Defended Area and was the first unit to have all female crews.

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My Father was a bus/tram driver during the war years for Sheffield Corporation. He once told me that the aerodrome was used at nights during the blitz to store the Corporations buses, to save them from damage.

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