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Old 27th Nov 2017, 09:46
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WallerField it is. Historical photos taken April 1943.


Over to you Dave.
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Old 27th Nov 2017, 10:12
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Open House, I'm afraid - busy week.
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Old 30th Nov 2017, 19:52
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As no-one has jumped in here's another one from me - bonus points for naming all the aircraft types. Click here for a larger version.



Unlike most of the other aerodromes I post, this one does appear in a GI search. However, I don't believe that the location has been identified correctly in the these other pages.
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Old 30th Nov 2017, 21:29
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Great photo with lots of detail to get your teeth into!

Beufighters with american markings = USAf nightfigters before the P-61 entered service.
Somewhere in the Mediterranian theatre?
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Old 30th Nov 2017, 21:33
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Yes, it's somewhere in the Med.
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Old 30th Nov 2017, 21:36
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Beaufighters, P-38, P-61, A-20?
Don’t know where.
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Old 30th Nov 2017, 22:30
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OK. How about Bastia-Poretta, Corsica?
(On 31 July 1944, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the legendary French pilot, took off from this airport and disappeared, on a reconnaissance flight over France in a Lockheed P-38 Lightning).
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Old 30th Nov 2017, 23:25
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Hmmmm. I reckon your overhead is the same airfield as my photo, which is interesting, as the contemporary description I have for it is:
This airfield in Southern France was in operation two days after the initial landings. On D-Day Maaf planes were making emergency landings on it. (30/01/1945)
Which would mean mainland France.

I reckon your image is misidentified as I cannot line it up with Bastia-Poretta - even though the water course looks similar, there's no railway and the runway is totally out of alignment. However, I think I can line it up with where I think it is - no water course present today, but with the railway and runway matching.

Not had much experience with the GE overlay though, so I might be 100% wrong!
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Old 1st Dec 2017, 00:35
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Aha!
Wikipedia got me!
Their page about Bastia - Poretta has that aerial photo, but they clearly labeled it as Bastia - Borgo. DOH!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastia...oretta_Airport

A bit more research reveals that there were several airfields at that location.

I'll try again calling it Bastia - Borgo

Photo looking south taken in early 1944, with in the foreground a Lightning P38. The first airfield is Borgo, the second large airfield is Poretta (todays Bastia Poretta airport). Two more can be seen in the distance. Between the two nearest, a very small runway can be seen, which is the one created by the French and used by the Germans. This little track was used for Piper Cubs. US Groups based at Borgo were 52FG operating Spitfires, 111FG operating P-51 Mustangs and 415NFS operating Beaufighters.
More information and photos here Bastia Borgo
Good stuff.
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Old 1st Dec 2017, 01:28
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Nothing to see there now.



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Old 1st Dec 2017, 07:45
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OK, that fits, so I reckon you've nailed it. Good sleuthing.



Still clashes with the source documentation I have which is pointing to the mainland and Hyeres le Palyvestre/Toulon.


Other pages on the web with my image on it are pointing at La Vallon airfield?

Over to you Terry.
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Old 1st Dec 2017, 09:50
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Thanks nvubu.
It is a good challenge when there is a high resolution photo with plenty of details available for clues.
I have nothing handy right now, so I would like to hand it back to you, or otherwise Opern House.
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Old 1st Dec 2017, 12:45
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Thunderbolts and Lightnings........very, very frightening..me!
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Old 1st Dec 2017, 13:18
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This was a great challenge, and I'm sadly a bit late to the party.

Not that any further proof is necessary, but I tried lining up the GE view as per the aerial photo with the P-38, as follows:



Seems the corner where the Beaus were is now a prison site - fuzzed out by Google for some reason - must be a NATO prison...
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Old 1st Dec 2017, 18:36
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Here’s an easy one to keep things going. An airfield I flew from in the 60s, now closed, like most of the RAF airfields I flew from.
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Old 1st Dec 2017, 19:26
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RAF Lindholme - although surely that is the 'tower' of Northern Radar!
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Old 1st Dec 2017, 20:01
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Or is it Watton or North Luffenham? Certainly does look like a Type 82 unit.
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Old 1st Dec 2017, 21:43
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I said it was easy. Shackman has it. It's the Type 82 radar tower at Lindholme.

The Type 82 "Orange Yeoman" radar
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Old 1st Dec 2017, 21:59
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Unfortunately unable to download photos at the moment, so OH.
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Old 2nd Dec 2017, 03:48
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
Or is it Watton or North Luffenham? Certainly does look like a Type 82 unit.
Eastern Radar wasn't on Watton airfield or camp, it was on the edge of Watton town which was great, easier to go down the Crown Hotel boozer of a lunchtime
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