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Old 20th Feb 2009, 21:45
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Ah, well, I dread getting them right, having no store of good pics.

EDIT I forgot to check the "done before" list before putting up the the first airfield I posted, now at the bottom showing D-AMYY at - Egad, Sir, - Newtonards.

The challenge is now the airfield under attack in the top photo; 1 is bombs, 2 is incendiaries, 3 is a bomb burst, 4 is hangars, and I'll leave you to identify 5.






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Old 21st Feb 2009, 09:48
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Time for a clue?

Post-WWII, used by the USAF.
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Old 21st Feb 2009, 12:02
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Something about that photo makes me think of Mildenhall, Suffolk...

Bit of a wild guess though.
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Old 21st Feb 2009, 12:12
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Nacluv; sorry, not Mildenhall..........I left the other photo there as a hint......
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Old 21st Feb 2009, 12:38
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To move it on a bit. ......for the historians among us, think of an Eagle knocked down by a balloon......
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The Ju52 is Von Ribbentrop's personal transport in Hitler's private Sqn....Would say drome is German/German occupied due to British 250lbers dropping on it? Guessing early war RAF photo due fact (1)daylight and (2) type of bombs................
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Old 21st Feb 2009, 13:12
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What about Dessau, home of Junkers?
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Old 21st Feb 2009, 14:10
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S'Land, sorry not Dessau, but you're in the right country

Sid, unfortunately I do not have a date on the photo, but I suspect you are right about the approximate date, and you are certainly right that it's an RAF battle photo with (presumably) RAF weapons. The D-AMYY clue was only to the country. I don't think there's a von Ribbentrop connection with the place, although I could be wrong.

The Eagle ...balloon clue leads to the name of the town where the airfield is.......


Edit: that "is" should be "was", unless it has survived as a small airfield that doesn't feature in Google!
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Old 21st Feb 2009, 17:05
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Does the eagle/balloon clue refer to Hanna Reitsch testing the system for German Bombers to cut the cables of barrage balloons, and her crash during the tests? The problem is I cannot remember the name of the airfield, was it Rechlin-Lärz?
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Old 21st Feb 2009, 17:52
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No, the Eagle in the clue earned his title in the Aegean.....but he was later felled by a balloon and a very unsporting trick.

Another clue may be due, it may be a give-away but dragging these things out is no fun.

Anyone from the 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Group might be in his 80's by now, but would be familiar with the airfield. I thought that was USAF, but I have a nasty feeling that it was the US Army Air Force, if that's a different organisation.
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Old 21st Feb 2009, 18:33
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OK - I'm persistent. From the balloon and Aegean clue, I'm going for Eschwege, which was the chaps name I understand.

Looking at Google, was the airfield approx 1.5 miles NW of the town centre - now an industrial estate?
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Old 21st Feb 2009, 18:40
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Congratulations!

I don't know about its location; the pic comes from a lovely old book I have, produced during the war, extolling the role and benefit of Bomber Command. The aircraft (5) is a Ju-52.

The Eagean Eagle was Rudolph von Eschwege and was the scourge of Macedonia. They got him in the end by putting up a balloon with a dummy observer in it, accompanied by 500lbs of explosive. When he flew close to it they detonated the HE and the blast caused him to lose control and crash.

The 67th Tac Rec Gp was there for a fairly short period, I think, after the end of the war. It's now the 67th Network Warfare Group, or some such.

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Vielen dank!

A great sleuthing challenge there. I had a look in GE and the location has that 'industrial-estate-that-used-to-be-an-airfield' look about it. Could be completely wrong of course!

There is a book link here which looks to be on a similar theme to yours.

Anyway - here is my challenge, on a similar line to Capot's 'airfields under attack' theme. Shouldn't be too difficult...

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Ta'Kali or Taquali, Malta...............?
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No, not Ta'Qali I'm afraid.
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No,. not Northolt. Both suggestions are on the right lines in that unlike Capot's challenge, we are taking it rather than dishing it.

It is not mainland UK.
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As it is not mainland UK, how about somewhere like Guernsey?
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Further afield than Guernsey, I'm afraid. Northern hemisphere though... And it is RAF.

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Let's go further afield and try Reykjavik?
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Old 23rd Feb 2009, 17:10
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Let's try very close to the first guess - Luqa, Malta?
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