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Old 8th Apr 2013, 18:47
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Excellent Duckbutt!

This is indeed Saint Pol/Brias ("y" not used nowadays). This place was used extensively by the JG2 and it was also where the pilots got acquainted with the 109F. There even was an unformal "Kommando saint Pol" dedicated to this task. Within the "chateau de Brias" grounds just at the north end of the place (I removed it from the photo) are the remnants of the JaF 4 "Pluto" which was the fighter command post for all north of France and Belgium in 1943/1944.

How did you find out DB? In any case the floor is yours!

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Old 8th Apr 2013, 19:55
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To precis the pm I've sent to TCF in answer to the same question, I had nothing better to do on a Sunday afternoon and spent some time digging around. Despite your best intentions I didn't get much help from your clues but eventually found Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields: France . In the Pas De Calais page there is a pic of a USAAF raid on an airfield and despite a different orientation, that distinctive curved wood is clearly visible. A check on Google Earth confirmed the road layout, especially that road coming in from the left at an angle. It's spelled 'Bryas' on that website. Good challenge.

Hope this meets the same high standard:

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Old 9th Apr 2013, 06:08
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I just Goggled "Corsair aircraft named Kathleen"

One discussion site has come up with:

Also NZ5639 was named "Kathleen" in the later part of her tour in Japan.
That was 14 Sqn RNZAF, which should narrow it down a bit.....
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Old 9th Apr 2013, 06:15
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Further searching of that squadron reveals your photograph as taken at Iwakuni, Japan.

Should have airbrushed out the aircraft name mate.

edit: this would have made it a lot more difficult, especially with no roundels.


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Old 9th Apr 2013, 07:36
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Correct LM. Thought about airbrushing as suggested but it's always a dilemma on here as to how many clues you do leave in a picture.

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Old 9th Apr 2013, 08:20
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Thanks Db.

Another for you all.....

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Old 9th Apr 2013, 09:24
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Bizerta Tunisia? Just flashed into my mind but not expecting any success. Hills seem too high......
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Old 9th Apr 2013, 09:42
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Morning aviate.

Not Tunisia I'm afraid.
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Old 9th Apr 2013, 20:25
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Comiso, Italy ?
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Old 9th Apr 2013, 23:11
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Could it be Crete? Don't know the name of the airfield but there was one near mountains where the German invaders landed.
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Old 10th Apr 2013, 06:04
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Hot.

Not Crete but the right country.
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Old 10th Apr 2013, 06:43
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Molaoi airfield... Greece.

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Old 10th Apr 2013, 07:37
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Thar ye go.

Your stage.
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Old 10th Apr 2013, 17:42
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My apologies chaps; I've nothing prepared to make a worthwhile challenge... Open House to the first to the post.

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Old 10th Apr 2013, 20:51
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Here's one to be going on with...and I couldn't see it on Mel's list...

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Old 10th Apr 2013, 21:26
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Rheine (Hopsten) in 1945...The black spots are of snow blown/melt by reactors of Me 262 on the start of their take off run ...

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Old 10th Apr 2013, 21:38
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Well done mate - thought it might have lasted just a little longer though.

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Old 11th Apr 2013, 10:40
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Here is one rather interesting:

- there are two airfields on this one (one WWII, one WWI)

- the bombing around the small wood in the center of photo was NOT due to the airfield presence...something else was there...

- the WWI airfield is known for a sad event concerning a well respected ace...



Good search...

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Old 11th Apr 2013, 11:31
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Bonjour asw.

France and used by the Luftwaffe?
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Old 11th Apr 2013, 13:29
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I suggest the WW1 airfield is Auxi Le Chateau, to the NE of Abbeville. It was taking off from this field that the RFC Pilot James McCudden VC crashed and was fatally injured on the 9th July 1918.

I confess I do not know the identity of the WW2 airfield or why the wood was bombed.

Edited to add that it would seem the wood was a V2 site. It was named after the nearby village of Acquet.

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