Unit History: RAF Brampton
RAF Brampton is a Royal Air Force station near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire. Formerly the home of RAF Support Command, it now houses several elements of Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), which itself was a result of a merger between the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) and the Defence Procurement Agency (DPA), and provides a base for the Defence Security Standards Organisation and Defence Estates.
The station is also home to JARIC - The National Imagery Exploitation Centre, which produces intelligence from all forms of imagery, and provides trained and experienced Service personnel to provide intelligence in support of operations.
Originally, RAFs Brampton, Wyton and Henlow were separate stations. However, in the mid-1990s, with the closure of RAF Logistics Command then at Brampton, and the cessation of operational flying from Wyton, the 2 Stations amalgamated to become Brampton Wyton. Henlow joined the group in 2001, and brought with it RAF Stanbridge, to produce the largest station in terms both of both geography and number of personnel in the RAF. The Station stretches from Brampton and Wyton, around 7 miles apart, in the north, southwards around 30 miles to Henlow, and then westwards some 20 miles (towards Leighton Buzzard) to Stanbridge.
Brampton has no airfield, but both Wyton and Henlow do. Wyton is used by University Air Squadrons flying the Grob Tutor and Henlow is leased out as a general aviation airfield. Wyton is also the main base for the DLO.
Memories of RAF Brampton
(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)
RAF BRAMPTON in 1970
Written by SUSAN HALES
I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO SERVED AT BRAMPTON FROM JAN 1970 TO MAY 1972 ESPCIALLY THOSE WHO WORKED IN THE SGTS MESS
RAF Brampton in 1957
Written by Peter Scott
Five of us at RAF Brampton all had a 21st birthday during May/June 1957. We were Ann, June, Dot, Peter and me. We held our party in a meadow by a stream on Thursday 23rd May. A treasure hunt and BBQ was arranged. The Sgt mess cooks supplied the cake and a local butcher the pig. Quite a few of us spent the night in the field getting over the drink. It would be nice if any of the above remember this occasion.
RAF Police, RAF Brampton in 1964
Written by Lyn Taylor
I often recall the chap who sat in the communal area drawing beautiful scenes - mostly of seagulls and pebble beaches - all in biro! Was magnificent.
RAF Brampton, in 1959
Written by Marguerite Hamilton
Enjoyed this camp, worked up at the Grange in the village, cycling to get there. Then posted to Steamer point, Aden, 1960, a hot arid steaming place!