SiteName: Milford Haven RAF Fuel Reserve Depot
Sub Brit site visit: 30.8.2003
A network of underground fuel tanks for storing aviation fuel, linked together by a pipeline was built in the hills to the north of Milford Haven in the mid 1930's. There were three groups of tanks, two of two tanks (two either side of the road), one of three tanks and one of five tanks.
The tanks were supplied by sea with tankers unloading directly into
the pipeline, or by train. The railway siding in the docks is still
Photo:The four parallel fuel pipes
Photo by Nick Catford
After the war the tanks were connected to the national distribution network (click for map) remaining in use until the 1970's. This fuel network supplied all the major bomber airfields during the cold war.
The largest group of tanks is at Haven's Head just above the docks where five buried tanks are linked by a tunnel carrying the underground pipeline.
The other groups (click for map) are at
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The Havens Head fuel tanks
At Haven's Head a tunnel can still be accessed from a small pump house hidden behind two brick and concrete buildings a short distance to the west of Tesco's in the centre of Milford Haven. There is a high locked grille preventing access to the building and tunnel. From this point the pipeline ran down to the exchange siding at Milford Haven Docks.
At each tank there is a feed from two of the four parallel pipes passing through a series of valves into the tank. There is a circular inspection hatch in front of each tank which is securely bolted in place. Opposite each tank there is a short stairway up to a wooden door out to the surface. Each of these doors is blocked with soil and rubble at the surface.
Photo:Tank No. 1
Photo by Nick Catford
The tunnel, including the incline, is approximately 250 yards in length, 7 feet high and rectangular in section. The fuel pipes and valve gear remain in good condition. A smell of aviation fuel pervades throughout the tunnel system.
There is no underground access at either of the two other remaining
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[Source: Nick Catford]