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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.
  • There will only be one challenge running at a time.
  • Try to use elderly photos and not Google Earth, Zoom Earth or any other search engine, pics
  • 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 15th May 2012, 19:45
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Blimey Terrence - not much gets past you.

It is indeed RAF Coal Aston, which is frequently confused with RAF Norton, which would be a couple of miles away in the centre distance from that perspective.

This site much later became Rowlinson school, and is now the Graves Tennis & Leisure Centre. If you use your imagination, you can just about visualise the current tennis courts being situated on the old hangar concrete bases.

I attended the primary school which can be seen at top left, just in front of the bolder-shaded tree line.

Over to you!

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Old 15th May 2012, 20:36
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Thank you,nacluv. An excellent challenge,and well done on getting the recent R.A.F. Tholthorpe photograph.
Apologies, but it has to be;
Open House.
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Old 16th May 2012, 17:15
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Here's one from my family photo album:

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Somewhere in Egypt in ye olden days of Empire ? LFH
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Old 16th May 2012, 18:27
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LFH, you're obviously not a flash-in-the-pan

Yes, in Egypt.
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R.A.F. Fayid? Or possibly R.A.F. Kabrit?

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The monster military base - not just RAF (or RFC) favours Ismailia.

The shape favours Alexandria (now El Nozha) but there's not enough barren rock there.

Fayid is now surrounded by sand so where has all that construction gone ?


In short, I'm not betting on the other two - my only bet (apart from Sabre is right - S i R ) is Ismailia and that's a long shot. LFH


Added - and my remark about Fayid would equally apply to Kabrit.

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Old 17th May 2012, 08:03
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SD and LFH,

According to my knowledge (bear in mind this is a family photo), it is not Fayid, Kabrit, Alexandria or Ismailia. I'm at work at the moment, so please wait until after 1300Z and I'll look for the Google Earth present day setting, to confirm what I think this aerodrome is.

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The words of the song.....we've passed Kasfareet and have f####all to eat...
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We've thrown all the rations away.....
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Old 17th May 2012, 13:08
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We're leaving Khartoum,
By the light of the Moon,
We're sailing by night and by day.
We've passed Kasfareet
And there's F-All to eat,
We've thrown all our rations away...
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We might as well throw R.A.F. Abu Sueir in as well.
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Nice poem

Not Kasfareet or Abu Sueir

I've checked the current location. I cannot find any evidence of any British buildings or the airfield, but there is a military base there, including a (disused?) SA-2 battery.
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R.A.F Aboukir.
Aboukir | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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sd,

Yes, Aboukir.

My grandfather, who was ex-RNAS, lived and worked there for "Bricks and Works" and my mother was born there.

Their bungalow was somewhere in the foreground area and my mother told me they used to walk across the airfield to get to the beach on Aboukir Bay at the top right.

I also found the same photo you posted, Terrence, but it doesn't seem to overlap my picture. This implies there was more than one airfield there.

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Many thanks,Simon. I became somewhat fixated on the Canal Zone airfields to exclusion of the more obvious choices! The Flickr photograph abuts the lower (South /East?) right hand corner of your challenge. The small white building surrounded by trees to the south of the road matches, together with the roof of the large hangar and "H" shaped buildings.
Open House

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Old 17th May 2012, 22:06
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Although not being able to answer many of these "Which Aerodromes", I am a regular viewer, and I do have to commend the regulars here in keeping my (and I'm sure many others) interest up in these old aerodromes.

The little snippets of military and particularly the personal history (my Mother walked to the beach just in the top right) make this a very informative thread and bring a human touch to the pictures. Thank you all.

Russ.

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The small white building surrounded by trees to the south of the road matches, together with the roof of the large hangar and "H" shaped buildings.
Terrence, I wondered how you could possibly think the hangar roofs were similar, but then I hadn't noticed the hangar (factory?) in the bottom right corner of my photo!

The two photos were presumably taken on the same sortie. As LFH said, a monster military base and it's hard to believe it is all gone.

Well, nearly all gone A close inspection of the Flickr photo and Google Earth shows a warehouse on the north side of the road that is still standing, near what appears to be a canal in the 1920s, but is now a dry wadi.





Russell,
Thank you for your comments. It is clear that PPRuNe is making a significant contribution to the preservation of history that otherwise would be lost. This and other threads provide me with a lot of fun and interest (and of course waste a huge amount of time!)

As sabredog said, it is still Open House.

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I shall take up my own "Open House" !
The next challenge;
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African, SD?
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