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Here is a read only link to the Aerodrome Database - WhichAerodrome.xlsx. Up to date as of 1/5/2019. Catching up slowly - up to May 2019 now (Mar 2020).

Here are some "rules" for Which Aerodrome. These are based upon the original suggestions from the very first thread, and have a few additions. Also please be patient as when you are active others may be asleep.
  • A historic picture of an aerodrome will be posted. Newer pictures are allowed but the theme here is to compare/contrast old with new as well as identifying aerodromes which no longer exist.
  • The person who correctly identifies it will be declared the 'winner' by the original poster.
  • That winner shall either post another challenge or declare the floor open. Anyone may then post the next challenge.
  • If the winner of the challenge does not respond to the notification of their success within 48 hours, an Open house can be declared when there is consensus between multiple other posters which are on line.
  • When the poster of a challenge does not respond within 48 hours of a posted answer, this poster can be declared winner if the answer is considered correct in a consensus of multiple other posters.
  • If Open House is declared, regular posters should not jump in immediately, but time should be given for those who are not great at naming the correct location as they may have some good images.
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  • Try to post images that are not already present on internet, as Google Image Search will find them if they are.
  • Personal photos are acceptable as they show the aerodrome as it is now.
  • When confirming the correct location, the location and winner should be stated to negate any deletion of posts.
  • Please don't delete your posts, let everyone see your successes, failures and challenges.
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Old 6th Apr 2012, 22:37
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Not Freeman AAF, Indiana, 1945. Lordflasheart. This airfield is in Germany.
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Is it Dessau ?
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Not Dessau Bri, this one is well in what was the American zone post WWII.
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Chocolate greetings Mel.

Did Mr Watson Whizzer have any connection to this place, though I can't see any Me 262s?

(Ashamed to ask, but what's the foreground aircraft?)
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I'll have a stab at B÷blingen
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Graeme.
I do not know if Whizzer was involved or if the Me262 flew from here. I am getting a bit old for Chocolate Easter Eggs, I prefer a bar of nuts and raisin myself. The aircraft is said to be a Zlinn XII modified to have open cockpits and a Walter engine..

nvubu. You are so close, only a few miles away, except this airfield was not as far as I can ascertain given the name Boblingen.
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Stuttgart Airfield was built to replace B÷blingen airport, so I'll try that ... Although it is on the list
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I am sure you are correct. My source gives it as Stuttgart-Echterdingen.
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Just a little history:-
During the war the Luftwaffe based night fighters at Echterdingen, sharing the field with commercial aircraft. The fighters flew interceptions against the many Allied air attacks on Stuttgart and other targets in southern Germany. The Luftwaffe put down a concrete runway of 1,400 meters in 1943, but Allied bombers cratered it later in the war and eventually put the airfield out of commission.

First French Army drove through Stuttgart in April 1945, and left behind a detachment to repair the Runway at Echterdingen. American troops replaced the French Army in the early summer and put the airfield back into operation. When the U.S. constabulary, the armed force of the U.S. Military Government, moved into Kurmaerker Kaserne (now Patch Barracks) in 1946, their small flight section operated from Echterdingen Airfield with L-5 liaison planes. In 1950, Headquaters, Seventh Army was activated at Kurmaerker Kaserne, and their flight section replaced the disbanded Constabulary's at the airfield. The next year, Headquaters, VII Corps moved into Hellenen Kaserne (now Kelley Barracks), and VII Corps aviation units joined the Seventh Army section at Echterdingen. German and international commercial operations expanded rapidly after agreements made in 1954, and the corresponding need for more facilities required a continuous program of constuction and improvements. A new main terminal building and several ancillary buildings went up in the years 1954 - 1955. In 1959, the Flughafengesellschaft (FSG) started a runway extension project that took four years to complete.
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Thanks Mel - That was a good challenge.

I went for B÷blingen as I identified (probably incorrectly) the second aircraft in the line as a Klemm Kl 35. The manufacturer was based there - hence the guess . If it is a Klemm, then there's also a link with the Zlin in that Zlin manufactured Klemm's under licence.

Here's the next mystery aerodrome. It has appeared in the list before - so probably very easy.

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Prestwick airfield
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No surprise there then, sabredog has it in one. I know this is the 6th time, but a completely different view from all the others.

Your turn sabredog - one day I'll catch you out
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Thanks nvubu. In the source from which I obtained the photograph of Stuttgart-Echterdingen it states that second aircraft in line is a Klemm Kl25. The article goes on to state that Klemm Kl25 Registration D-ENNA survived until the end of the war and was captured at Stuttgart-Echterdingen by the Americans and was still in its prewar silver finish.
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Thanks Mel - at least I had the maker correct
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Thank you, nvubu. A splendid photograph of Prestwick.
Well done on answering Mel's excellent challenge. I had dismissed both B÷blingen and Stuttgart as I could not match up any of the buildings with aerial photographs,and could not find the actual photograph despite the Klemms and Siebel aircraft!
The next challenge;
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sabredog - there's a whole sequence of Prestwick during the war here

I took a flyer on B÷blingen as being where the Klamm was manufactured and I guessed there might be one still around at the end of the war. I couldn't match any of the buildings either although they seemed to be in an arc - which they were at B÷blingen. Is the seibel the 3rd in-line? My tentative identification was a ME Bf108.

For your challenge - somewhere in Brazil?
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Not Brazil,nvubu,but the correct continent.
I believe the large twin engined aircraft in front of the B-25 Mitchell is the Siebel 204, although I stand to be corrected on the ident!
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Alfredo Vasquez Cobo Airport, Leticia, Colombia.

Open House if correct.
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Correct.
Open House declared.
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I believe the large twin engined aircraft in front of the B-25 Mitchell is the Siebel 204, although I stand to be corrected on the ident!
The aircraft in the S-E photograph are ZlinnXII( Modified), Klemm Kl 25, Bucker Bu181, Heinkel 72, Siebel Si204 and of course the North American B25.
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Thank you for the confirmation,Mel. I had not spotted the He72!!
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