Little Rissi’ – Hospital Project

USAF LogoThe following information came from Ian Davidson who gleaned the information from the archives at RAF Alconbury – I need to make a visit. Ian mentions that the engineering drawings for the Hospital project, which was known as 4E are there.

The drawings state that main hangars were numbered 56, 59, 73, and 80 from West to East.

The drawings confirmed the bed layouts for 73 and 80, and the X-ray/beds setup for building 75, which was the repair shed to the north of the 4 hangars.

Hangar 59 we know had the racking system for Aeromed.

It appears there were no plans for Hangar 56 (located near the roadside).

There are drawings for the Officers Mess too, showing conversion to accept wounded personnel.

Hangars 102 and 103 on the southern perimeter were last occupied by Devonair. They confirm 101 converted as a drug store and medical store, with 102 holding all manner of medical supplies.

Ian says that archive is amazing and there is a ton of drawings, plans, reports, and books. Its a fantastic resource.

Has anyone any photographs of any of the buildings in use by the USAF?

See: Airfield Exchange Group.

Demolition at Upper Rissington

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  1. I’m not certain what you mean by 59 being used for the racking system for aeromed. I was a member of the initial cadre of USAF forces, known as Det 2 of USAF Hospital Upper Heyford. All of 59 was “medical supply” with the racking system in the hanger proper and the supply computer in the airfield side annex to the hanger. The racking system held everything that wasn’t set up. Little Rissington was assigned the equipment and supplies for 4 500 bed hospital units and 2 250 bed Aeromedical Staging Units. The supplies and equipment were adequate for a 30 day period plus a 30 day resupply assembly. This was a huge undertaking. Each 500 bed unit required more than 550 sea trailers to move it to the UK.

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