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Old 23rd Apr 2017, 06:52
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This isn't a new challenge but an additional image of Biscari for Dora-9 - for a larger version, click the image

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Old 23rd Apr 2017, 09:42
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Nvubu - neither the background hangars nor buildings fit with Biscari/San Pietro. Any one else have any ideas as to where?
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Old 23rd Apr 2017, 16:37
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I'll start with this evocative picture, but there will be a runway in the next clue, if required.

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Old 23rd Apr 2017, 17:24
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Dora-9 - the contemporary documents I have state it's Biscari, and that it was used in the Sep 1943 Issue of "IMPACT" However. I do have a comment against this that it might be Comiso.

India-4-2 - India/Burma region ?
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Old 23rd Apr 2017, 19:23
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Nvubu:

Actually, there are three hangars (not two as I previously noted) in the background of your photo, so the caption of "Biscari" is clearly wrong. However, the description of Comiso is "..three large hangars on the SE boundary.". And, a little bit of digging turned up this photo - note the changed hangar alignment and the large buildings adjacent to and between the uppermost hangars - I reckon your
photo was taken from somewhere near the top centre of the strike photo. Doubtless this is Comiso.


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Old 24th Apr 2017, 01:35
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I42, I've seen similar shaped mountains in Norway. As the photo depicts what looks like pretty ferocious fighting, possibly WW2, I'm going to take a guess at Narvik...
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Old 24th Apr 2017, 03:36
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Like nvubu says, shape of mountains and design of the bridge indicate far east.
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Old 24th Apr 2017, 05:13
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jensdad,

Interesting thought, but I don't think Norwegian mountains have palm trees.

nvubu and chevvron (why two vees?) are much warmer in both senses. It's within Thud range of my current location.

Picture when I get back to the office. I'm having lunch at 0515Z.

PS When I saw the 190 scrapyard pictures, I immediately thought "What would that pile of junk be worth today?"

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Old 24th Apr 2017, 05:28
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Last time I was there was 1976 and it looked a bit like that - Kanchanaburi Thailand.

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Old 24th Apr 2017, 08:33
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"Oh, I do love to be beside the seaside!"

mgahan,

Right part of the world, wrong country.

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Old 24th Apr 2017, 17:11
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I couldn't make out what sort of trees they were on the photo, I42, but yes, palm trees wouldn't last long in Narvik
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Old 24th Apr 2017, 23:36
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A US airbase in Vietnam during the war?
Not Cam Ranh bay, so how about Tuy Hoa?
That is between a river and the sea.
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Old 25th Apr 2017, 01:16
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Terry,

"Close but no cigar!"

In Vietnam, but not Tuy Hoa.

"Oh, I do love to be beside the seaside!" is a clue.

The beach is not just any old beach!
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Old 25th Apr 2017, 07:07
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OK then.
How about Da Nang East or Marble Mountain Army Airfield?
It is being built over now so its appearance has changed a lot.
However GE's history slider brings back some of the lost details.
The lumpy "Marble Mountains" are only 3 km south and they are probably what is shown in the first photo during one of the attacks (Tet offensive?) when a lot of helicopters were destroyed.
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Old 25th Apr 2017, 07:26
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Well done Terry,

It's "Marble Mountain Air Facility", which was built to accommodate Army and Marine helicopters when Da Nang became too crowded. The beach in the foreground is the famous "China Beach".

I'm in transit to Singapore at the moment, so I'll post more information on this airfield's interesting history later.

Terry has control.
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Old 25th Apr 2017, 08:38
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Here is what remained in 2002.

Nothing to hand right now, so OPEN HOUSE.
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Old 26th Apr 2017, 18:27
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Where might this be?
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Old 26th Apr 2017, 19:04
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That looks like the queue to go through No1 Aircraft Assembly Plant at RAF Speke.

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Old 26th Apr 2017, 19:19
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Well that didn't last long - Speke it is - over to you Hen Ddraig

This is also captioned as being at Speke - but I couldn't match it up with anywhere. Would be nice to have it confirmed if it was.
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Old 26th Apr 2017, 19:42
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The background in the 1st pic was still the same in 1957 when I started flying training at Speke. 2nd pic could have been local there were lots of open fields around the area and the Lockheed operated assembly unit was turning out enormous numbers of aircraft.

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