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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 15:39
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We are certainly traveling the highways & byways of England today - regretfully not Barkston Heath either

This place is a lot more accessible..................

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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 15:46
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From GE

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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 17:21
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43rd Troop Carrier Squadron of 315th Troop Carrier Wing continues to haunt me through my Interweb machine. Wikmedia shows a larger version of the original post.
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Old 3rd Dec 2019, 20:22
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Originally Posted by India Four Two View Post
SLB, as a former resident of The Lone Star State, I have to say “Them’s fightin’ words!”

Don’t Mess with Texas


https://youtu.be/8veDpPwFCVM
At least is was called the Confederate Air Force back then. Political correctness gone overboard since then!

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Old 4th Dec 2019, 08:58
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You are correct Jenkins - the 315th served here - but just about everywhere else as well as far as I can see

It's active but I think it's a while since there were any fixed wing operations - people may (or may not) come in by helicopter - I don't know.





Just realised this looks like RNAS Culdrose - but it isn't..............
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Old 4th Dec 2019, 08:59
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RAF Welford
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Old 4th Dec 2019, 09:11
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Hurrah!!! Good shot Auxtank

Yes, right on the M4 and still quite a busy place some days even now



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Old 4th Dec 2019, 09:33
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Thanks. It was Jenkins's clue about the 315th previous addresses that clinched it.

That GE pic above (with the Motorway End sign on the gate) is the 'secret junction'.
Drive up there and very quickly some rather serious looking chaps will appear to see if they can help you.

Having nothing prepared...

OH
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Old 4th Dec 2019, 10:35
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But I have something. Apparently disused, on the site of an earlier field. The original field, conceived as a decent plan, suffered an air raid which would have daunted the spirit of Section Officer Harvey, and failed due mostly to the intransigence of the contemporary favourite uncle. Amazing what one learns from Sunday newspapers.

And I am sticking with Spanhoe!

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Old 4th Dec 2019, 10:40
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Not terribly secret given the large signs as you drive from the Bristol direction - and from the air it stands out like... anything. But I heard they were very keen to discourage passers-by driving up to the gate in the picture

You can see the guard tower in the top picture above just to the right of the woods - I presume they have sensors on the road as well. Someone told me it was used as a Cruise Missile deployment location out of Greenham but they are still all top secret other than "Salisbury Plain" where a close friend ran into a deployment one night in the '80's - he claimed he was on a rally but we all suspect he was out dogging.
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Old 4th Dec 2019, 13:16
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There used to be a railway line spur running from the main railway line near Newbury into Welford but I think it's been closed now; it's most intensive use was apparentlyduring the Viet Nam war.
Greenham Cruise Missile deployments may have occured here; there was a domestic site here in the late '70s/early '80s, but the only deployments I knew about were at a certain British army camp near RAF Oakhanger occuring every 2 or 3 months.
As to Jenkins challenge at #17869, I would guess one of the USAF bases in France vacated when De Gaulle chucked the USAF out.
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Old 4th Dec 2019, 14:38
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An original reply from Chevvron, but pre-dating those years. De Gaulle looked more like my maternal grandfather than any of my favourite uncles.
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Old 4th Dec 2019, 16:56
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"failed due mostly to the intransigence of the contemporary favourite uncle"

Favourite Uncle?? I have many Uncle's but the Favourite Uncle is shown below?




If so, and he frustrated it, we're talking Operation Frantic perhaps - the USAAF plan to base bombers in the USSR in WW2.

This of course takes us to Poltava in the Ukraine which was one of 3 bases the USAAF used.
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Old 4th Dec 2019, 16:59
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Old 4th Dec 2019, 17:28
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Yes. I will ignore the current protocol, and say well done. Recently published book has revealed all. Better to confirm now and perhaps we can move on.
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Old 5th Dec 2019, 08:47
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OH I'm afraid - I'm out for the next couple of days
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Old 5th Dec 2019, 21:31
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NOT ALWAYS HAZY HERE


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Old 5th Dec 2019, 23:28
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Concorde 002 at Tullamarine Airport, 1972?
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Old 6th Dec 2019, 05:26
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Cannot fault you on the aircraft type but the aerodrome is certainly not Tulla. .
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Check the background and I'll post an uncropped view with more clues as the location in the morning.
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Old 6th Dec 2019, 06:44
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Well...the ground vehicle looks the the aft of a 1972 Holden UTE. Any points for that?
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