USAF(E) RAF Little Rissington: 1981 to 1993

USAF(E) RAF Little Rissington: 1981 to 1993

With the arrival of the United States Air Force in Europe, Little Rissington became the largest military contingency hospital in Europe. The aerodrome was cleared for C-130 Hercules and C5 Galaxies. During the Gulf War, Little Rissington was held on its highest readiness state for several decades as it prepared for casualties. The USAF left Little Rissington in 1993 and it was handed back to the Royal Air Force.

Below are some pictures I have borrowed from the USAF Facebook Group (if anyone has any objections please let me know). I asked for their use about 3 years ago.

Have to say I find this subject fascinating. I remember the Gulf War period well and we were aware of RAF LR, being able to support massive injuries. The threat was NBC, and to combat this we were jabbed with Anthrax and other compounds to raise our immune systems to anything that could have been used to attack the military in Iraq. There was also large hospitals erected in Saudia too.

The pictures below are not mine and belong to those stationed from the USAF.

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