|Royal Air Force Bempton|
|Located near Bempton, East Riding of Yorkshire, England|
RAF Bempton was an RAF station situated at Bempton in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Bridlington. During the Second World War it was established as a radar station and in later years became part of the Chain Home Low network.
- 1940 The first CHL radar station was installed in early 1940 a few hundred feet from the lighthouse at Flamborough Head. This was at an elevation of 130 feet (40 m); at this height performance proved to be very unsatisfactory. A new higher site was found four miles up the coast on the 350 feet (110 m) cliffs at Bempton.
- The new site was opened in July 1940 as RAF Bempton. It was a CHL station.
- 1941 became a CHL/CHEL radar station.
- It disbanded on 1 August 1945.
- 1945 - Air Ministry Experimental Station Type 31
- 1 June 1949, re-established as a CHL/CHEL radar station.
- 17 February 1950 - transferred to RAF Fighter Command.
- On 1 November 1951 it was renamed as 146 Signals Unit Bempton rebuilt as a CEW radar station, part of the ROTOR Programme.
- The 146 Signals Unit was disbanded on 1 December 1961
- Bempton became a satellite station of RAF Patrington until final closure in April 1972
The site was sold in 1980/81 and is now privately owned. Because of trespass, the stairs down to the bunker were removed and other entrances were sealed over with concrete.
In the 1970s, a satanistic cult were known to be practising their rites in the tunnels and open spaces of the former bunker. In 2010, a teenager from Hull went missing after his car was found abandoned by Bempton Cliffs. Police conducted a search for a missing person around the cliff area and inside the former bunker as the teenager had been given a memory stick detailing the pornographic artwork that the cult had painted on the walls of the bunker.
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RAF Operational Record Books
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