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Old 1st Nov 2008, 10:40
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Mildenhall late '30s.
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By googling "Bristol Bombay _images "

one gets to :

"14th August 1939: Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion of Royal Ulster Rifles disembarking from a Bristol Bombay aircraft at RAF Yatesbury during one of the largest aerial troop-carrying movements in Britain. The men are bound for manoeuvres on Salisbury Plain."
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My excuse is I identified the hangar as a T2; ridiculous really as they were a wartime construction; I don't know the designation of the domed roof hangar at Yatesbury but it was still there about 10 years ago.
Hmm 14 August '39 eh? Poland was invaded 1 Sep 39. Did someone know something? I know Churchill was warning everyone having read his memoirs, but no-one was taking much notice were they?
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RETDPI has it exactly right, Yatesbury it is in 1939 - and I thought it would be hard!

Over to you RETDPI
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Thanks Warmtoast!
As you will have seen I really didn' t have a clue myself!

Having a pool party at the moment whilst we watch the local airborne celebrations of the first flight of the Harvard. I'll post in a couple of hours.
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O.K.
This photograph was taken around the same time as that of the previous challenge........

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A youthful Rearsby?
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Nah second thoughts - Luton Airport (in a Lorraine Chase accent)
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Chevvron. Luton Airport mate!!
When Edgar Percival built his class machines and when you could walk across fields to get there.
'Twas even thus in the 50's when RETDPI's dad worked there.
Over to you - and well done!
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Course I should have qualified that as it's not the original Luton Airport (Barton) where the Luton Minor was conceived! It was that double hangar in the centre that gave it away - still there I think.
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About the same era

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Old 3rd Nov 2008, 14:31
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Jenkins you too must be an ex-Brat. Halton House in the background is a give-away.

!948 52nd entry engine running as quoted "a bit rich mixture".

Notice the fire bottles in front of the aircraft all left to their own devices with all the brave brats doing a runner.

I have got subsequent pictures if anybody is interested.

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I'll try again. Back to my youth

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Old 3rd Nov 2008, 15:11
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Pure Guess - Odiham?
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Old 3rd Nov 2008, 15:20
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How about Strubby?
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Or even GŁtersloh ?
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Old 3rd Nov 2008, 18:51
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Ashill Wood in the background?
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Old 3rd Nov 2008, 19:29
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Must be Watton then ? Keith.
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Ashill Wood in the background?
Yes BEagle it is, I might have guessed you would remember. Do you want to name the airfield and post a new one or let it run?
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Thought so!

It is RAF Merryfield, the picture must have been taken in around 1953.

The woods in the background were regularly shot by a local organised shoot - my father and his business partner used to wait for the birds to cross the aerodrome fence and then bag a pair of pheasants each before legging it!

Here's another one for you, not too difficult I would imagine:


Austin 1100 and Morris Oxford Ser. IV?

Edited to blur the numberplates on the Landrover and the registrations of the Carvair and Ambassador to make it a little more challenging.

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