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10th Jun 2022, 18:04
Can anyone ID the airfield used in the 1949 film Stop Press Girl which was on TV today?
Link is to Reelstreets which usually has all the info; follow link and scroll down to last few stills.

And if you get it, tell Reelstreets! :)

Reelstreets | Stop Press Girl (https://www.reelstreets.com/films/stop-press-girl/)

10th Jun 2022, 18:41
Halifax G-AKEC. I'm thinking either Blackbushe, Northolt, Bovingdon or Radlett maybe?

10th Jun 2022, 18:53
Reelstreets.com is usually helpful for film locations but in this case draws a blank so far. There are one or two stills of the airfield scene from the film (captures 36-39) which might help


10th Jun 2022, 19:02
The first location, Finchingfield, is not a million miles from Stansted. The old Western side airport entrance used to have a good population of those white huts (although appreciate that was a common vista at many old WW2 airfields)

10th Jun 2022, 19:05
Here's the film - sequence is around 47 minutes.


11th Jun 2022, 12:13
Thanks horatio b and treadigraph very interesting. I'm pretty sure that this is Bovingdon Aerodrome. HP Halifax 8 G-AKEC registered to Lancashire Aircraft Corporation. Based at Bovingdon at the time the film was made. Reference made to Pprune thread on Bovingdon for comparisons:

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/720x526/stprgi_35_entrance_f70f90c0f9b8fb439c74844504c4f8159e2bbbd4. png
The chimney on the left can be seen in an old wartime aerial photograph on the Bovingdon thread.

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/1037x530/imgexec_5204_bovingdon_airfield_de6d2d3578742c21216f7bc650c8 354604066424_a591878c7de4d11892943047f39f0d34471c23a8.jpg
Photographed at a much later date and at a different angle.

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/720x526/stprgi_33_film_startup_bdff05e1a4a0479d999d1dd7be40f023c954b ad0.png
Note Nissen Huts seen below during filming of 'The War Lover' at Bovingdon
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/960x796/14753867_10210809234456112_4276927379529940234_owilliam_schn eider_bovvy_b17_6bf6bce1a93558be7a131b784b1d1bcc122194d2_9a5 af8d7fefd56ae59c6254bcd2517a17df6c6d9.jpg

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/738x532/screenshot_2022_06_11_at_12_42_00_stop_press_girl_aquila_fil m_free_download_borrow_and_streaming_internet_archive_08d535 223e319a1617a5fe3d1d2b93d72f1d374e.png
Departing from R/W 27 Bovingdon.

11th Jun 2022, 16:43
Thanx everyone, huge and quick response.
Looks like Bovingdon for sure!

Reelstreets.com will be happy for update.

12th Jun 2022, 07:23
That 's a very interesting site!!

14th Jun 2022, 11:42
Bovingdon - also used for filming 633 Squadron.

14th Jun 2022, 12:17
Bovingdon - also used for filming 633 Squadron.
And Mosquito Squadron and Hanover Street plus location shots for the Battle of Britain and The Man with the Golden Gun and many other 'shorts'.