posted on Mar, 20 2009 @ 12:09 PM
I have recently moved to St Helens on Merseyside and have been hearing local rumours regarding the local abandoned air base at RAF Burtonwood. A base
which, well, I’ll let Wikipedia do the talking for a minute…
The facility was transferred to the United States Army Air Forces in June 1942 to become a servicing centre for the United States Eighth, Ninth,
Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Forces aircraft. Burtonwood was also known as Base Air Depot 1 (BAD 1), although an RAF presence continued until October
1943. Burtonwood was the largest airfield in Europe during the war with the most USAAF personnel and aircraft maintenance facilities. The roar of the
engines in the test beds could be heard for miles around, especially at night. By the end of the war 18,000 servicemen were stationed at Burtonwood.
According to some sources Burtonwood was placed strategically so that it was out of range of Luftwaffe bombers, but this is not true as several Nazi
raids were made on the facility.
By the end of the war RAF Burtonwood was the largest US Air Base outside the US.
The rumours that I have been hearing are that underneath the site there is an underground city, running up to ten levels in depth, which is designed
to be completely self sufficient. I have been doing some research yet cannot find any documents to support this theory.
People today say that sometimes official looking cars are seen going onto the site via innocuous entrances and then vanishing on to the site. People
have also said there was a low humming sound coming from the area in the 1980’s and that electrical interference is a big problem around there. I
myself have noticed major mobile phone problems when around there.
This is a link to some more info about the place.
I have found an FOI request submitted on back in 2007 on the issue – the actual case number is
I’ve looked online to see if I can find a copy of the response but had no luck.
I called the MOD to ask about how I can a copy of the response to this request but transferred to somewhere in Exeter where it went straight to
I find it very interesting that there is not a lot of info out there on this, but local rumours abound.
I’m going to make this my pet project for a while to see what I can find out.
Has anyone else heard anything about this site? I remember it was mentioned briefly here on ATS a few years back but nothing really ever came up.
So, what do we know about this? It strikes as odd and I get the feeling that something may be being covered up here.