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RAF Laarbruch
 RAF Laarbruch (motto: Ein' Feste Burg - "A Fortress Sure"), located on the Germany/Netherlands border, was home to various first-line squadrons, including II (AC) Squadron flying F-4 Phantom II; and 15 and 16 Squadrons flying BAe Buccaneers in the 1970s, followed by Jaguars in the 1980s. These were replaced by Tornadoes with four squadrons (2, 15, 16,and 20) resident. After the first Gulf War, many of the squadrons were relocated, No. 2 Sqn going back to RAF Marham; and 15, 16, and 20 becoming reserve squadrons. When RAF Gütersloh closed, the Harriers of 3(F) and IV(AC) squadrons moved in along with the helicopters of 18(B) Squadron. Laarbruch was also home to 1 and 26 Squadron RAF Regiment. 18 Squadron returned to RAF Odiham in 1997 with the remaining Harrier squadrons departing to RAF Cottesmore in 1999. To read further please click here.
 
During the 1980s and up until its closure, RAF Laarbruch was home to:
 
26 Sqn RAF Regt (Rapier)
1 Sqn RAF Regt (Field Sqn)
2 Sqn (Recon Sqn)
15 Sqn (12 x Tornado GR1)
16 Sqn (12 x Tornado GR1)
20 Sqn (12 x Tornado GR1)
Closed December 1999
 
The famous Red Arrows on a visit to the base in 1998.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
 
Laarbruch Last Flag. This was the flag flying outside Station Headquarters on the day of the closure of RAF Laarbruch.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Laarbruch Prom Closure. Again taken the day the station closed this isthe Prom office (former PSA and MPBW) at RAF Laarbruch.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop

Laarbruch Runway on the day of closure (30th October 1999).
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Threshold Closure Day.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Building 1 - Station Headquarters.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Telephone Exchange.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Education Centre.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Families Office and Civil Admin.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
3 Sqn ramp with the squadron hangar in the background.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Guardroom.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Station cinema.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
C of E Church.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Police Flight.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Med Centre.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Ambulance garage.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Post Office.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Officers' Mess
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Officers' Mess Annex.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Sergeants' Mess.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
One of Laarbruch's crash gates.
 Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Barrack block.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Barrack block.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
JRC and Cookhouse.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Side of the Junior Ranks' Mess.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Bowling Alley.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Theatre.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
PAC.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Catering Squadron HQ.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Malcolm Club (left) and the Football Club (right).
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Corporals' Club.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Technical Building.
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
Courtesy of Len Moscrop
 
Main Gate
Air Traffic Control Laarbruch
 
 
 
 
 Courtesy of Simon Moore
 Courtesy of Simon Moore
 Courtesy of Simon Moore
 Courtesy of Simon Moore
 
 Courtesy of Simon Moore
Courtesy of Simon Moore