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Those are RHD Morris PV vans. Somewhere in The Empire?
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Very much in the Empire but who's ? Image taken in 1947 - two years after airfield closure. Leading you a bit of a dance!
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'Department' of Civil Aviation must mean Oz or NZ; England would be Ministry of Civil Aviation.
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Very much in England......perhaps for export?
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A clue...


Cowley photo credits: Control Tower website.

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Langley???
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I'm afraid not........
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Redhill perhaps?
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[QUOTE=JENKINS;10924946]Redhill perhaps?[/QUOTE

Perhaps not. Now if you set course from Redhill heading NW you would be heading in the right direction. Alas today there is no trace of the airfield as such.
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Old 12th Nov 2020, 16:26
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CAM Hurricanes? Hanworth?
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Not Hanworth, press on until you are just clear of The Home Counties. Follow the railway lines, or the A40. You are strictly VFR, no radio, stay out of cloud at all costs. You could be doing this several times a day.
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Old 12th Nov 2020, 18:43
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That is Cowley airfield, I was born & brought up just down the road, Morris Motors on opposite side of the road where they had a production line of Tiger Moths & Horsa gliders which my Mother worked on, MPRD salvage yard couple of hundred yards off to the left, Henshaw flew from there I remember him bringing the AW52 in there and then flew it round over Cowley & Oxford. sadly it will have to be open house after that, rgds, Paul H, Bicester.
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Spot on. Cowley - home to Number One Civilian Repair Unit: Hurricanes, Spitfires, Magisters and Masters. I've not been able to find any decent contemporary aerial views but I've highlighted the spot where I think the flying field was on the image below. Paul correct me if I'm wrong.




Cowley works 1946 - flying field top right.

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A 1945 photo on GE confirms the location of the aerodrome. The view is looking south:



The two aerodromes in the distance are Culham (HMS Hornbill) on the right and Mount Farm on the left.

I was confused by the gear-lever in the Last Spitfire image above!

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Image from 1950 looking north-west.


Zetec 2 mentioned the MPRD . At the risk of slight thread drift http://geoffroynon.co.uk/HAGproject-MPRD.html

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The last image is good, the airfield is right in the centre, best picture I have seen of the site, suggest some time late 40's early 50's before built on, it was like that up until about 1954, I lived in one of the houses top right, St Lukes Road, Cowley, the road at front is the Garsington Road, with the speedway track centre left, the railway line - The Cowley Line was built (Lord Nuffield funding) to transport the Morris cars to the world and beyond, just in front of the square right centre is a bungalow and building, the small bulding became Johnsons cafe which supplied the workers both airfield and Morris Motors, it was still in existence until a couple of months ago, but development has taken over and now believe it has gone.

In India Four Two's picture the airfield is under the wording Cowley, where I lived is by the numbers B4495 bottom right, last road & houses yet to be built suggest that picture taken late 1938 , afraid Culham & Mount Farm way out of picture , Culham over by Abingdon some 15 plus miles away & Mount Farm same distance out to the left near Benson & Wallingford, still trying to orientate top picture ?.

Again my apologies for declaring open house but that really brought back some memories & just had to answer.
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It's a pleasure to hear your memories Paul, thanks a lot.
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here's an odd one - passed by ten's of thousands each day and completely forgotten


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Not much clues to start with.
We will have to narrow it down a bit.
Not London City Airport by the looks of it.
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