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Old 4th Jun 2013, 18:59
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Not Lake Savalen, Vulcan. Go North.

They used this frozen lake as Plan B when it turned out the target airfield surface was too soft for their "heavy" aircraft. This phase lasted about 14 days til the ice melted.
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Mo' clue -



This makeshift aerodrome commenced ops on 11th April 1940 with 18 JU-52s bringing munitions and spares. A flak perimeter was set up.

Within a few days the ice had deteriorated so that ops could only take place early mornings and evenings, but at one time a max of 36 planes were operating from here, plus a few refuelling stops. It was abandoned on 24th April by which time the originally intended airfield at xxxx had been made useable with a timber runway - A number of aircraft had already sunk through the ice or were otherwise left behind.



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Could it be Jonsvatnet then?
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Well done Vulcan. It is Jonsvatnet. A few miles south of Trondheim (Norway ) and the intended local airfield was Vaernes.

The photo came from "Coastal Command" An Air Ministry account of the part played by Coastal Command 1939 - 42. The caption for the photo says -

"The frozen lake at Jonsvatnet used by the Germans as a makeshift airfield. A Wellington spotted 22 enemy aircraft on it. As a result the lake was bombed "with excellent effect."


These websites tell most of the story. JU88.net and World War II Aircraft wrecksites in Norway


With regard to allied air activity, I note that a Whitley of 77 Squadron did an "armed recce" on 18th April. The reference to a Wellington of 625 Squadron on 22nd is probably the one in the photo caption, except 625 did not form until 1943 with Lancasters, so it could have been one of the 8 Wellington squadrons in 3 Gp. I saw no other reference to any any bombing in my research. FAA Skuas seem to have strafed the place after the birds had flown. The recovered aircraft are in the Norwegian Air Force Museum at Gardermoen.


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Thanks, LFH. I was on to the Vaernes track, so it was that or possibly Hommelvik nearby.

Sorry to say that I can't find any good GI-'proof' images, so OH please.
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Very good Vulcan . Ju-52s on floats at Hommelvik.

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This shouldn't be here long ----

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Old 5th Jun 2013, 19:55
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V long shot............Aden? (Khormaksar)
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sid, you're an excellent sniper
Aden 1965 - taken from the Hunter dispersal at RAF Khormaksar
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My sincere apologies been away with work etc. Open house. Thank you. Sid
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I can't find any good GI-'proof' images
Same here mate. This one was continually found by GI until the Space Shuttle made an appearance....



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And Edward from Twilight. (No it's NOT my figurine!)...

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The nearest P-47D (c/n 339 55690) is apparently now in the Rio de Janeiro Aerospace Museum as #4120. Served with the Brazilian AF as #4184. I don't think Nogales Az or Nogales (Sonora, Mexico) were ever AAF fields. (Nor Shuttle backup landing strips.) LFH

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Evening my Lord. We're in the USA and according to Wiki it had two names, both which I don't see on Mels list.

I can provide an aerial view.
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Las Vegas AAF (now Nellis AFB) Nevada, U.S.A.
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Las Vegas AAF (now Nellis AFB) Nevada, U.S.A.
Well done Brian, your control.
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Thanks mate! Here is the next mystery aerodrome:
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Looking at the construction materials and colour, I'll shoot for the USA.
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Yes. In the U.S.A. The airport is well kept and well planned for the volume and type of operation. Long term car parking is free of charge.
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