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Old 4th Apr 2023, 08:09
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Lhasa Gonggar it is! Well done Bear

It's far drier than I thought - every picture shows its really a desert up there





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Thanks Asturias!
This one is probably quite easy despite some carefull clipping.



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Strange, looks like a Belfast Truss hangar with perimeter track widened and re-inforced to become a taxiway using square mesh tracking so probably a grass airfield with re-inforcement where they turn off and park; Spitfires have 4 blade props and some are clipped wing; what may be an Anson in the distance.
Kenley?

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Old 5th Apr 2023, 08:37
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Right at the back is a big radial - looks rather like a Harvard to me

the shadows are almost exactly under the aircraft - hardly any sun angle at all - its clearly warm - not sure that this is in the UK - maybe further south?

Actually looking at the aircrew shadow it looks like the sun angle must be about 70 degrees= the max angle in the UK is 63 degrees in mid June

That suggests S/C France, N italy - or south of that
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Originally Posted by Asturias56
Right at the back is a big radial - looks rather like a Harvard to me
Ah yes; not an Anson.
My small (11") screen hasn't got that sort of definition.
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Old 5th Apr 2023, 10:56
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Indeed Not UK.

if you can recognize the Harvard you should be able to spot a clue in that photo as well.

I have this photo as being taken on samen field.
I hope I am not mistaken.


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Maybe the same airfield but 5 - 10 years earlier going by the airship.
It could be a Zepp possibly pre 1933 as I can't see a swastika on it, I'm not too well up on airships, but the airfield is possibly Germany.
My previous comment at #2283 has been amended.
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Well.... the nose cabin looks like a Zeppelin - not a Hindenburg class but earlier - and as chevvron says no swastika so 1920's/early 30's looks good if it IS German.

Blowing up the second picture and giving it some computer "enhancement" the banner on the side of the central hangar looks like "Xaero" or maybe "Aero" - oddly there is a current Exxaero https://www.exxaero.com/en based in the Netherlands. Doubt there is a connection but................... it does look pretty flat.

Above the main hangar it looks as if either something has been overpainted or our eminent ursine colleague has erased something - there is a large "S" just visible but the other letters I can't extract. Could be the name of the place, the owners of the hangar or just an advert.
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You know - I can't see any RAF roundels! the aircraft front right has a squarish thing on the wing and the taxiing plane has what may be a
the top of square rather than a roundel just visible over the wing.

Could be we're looking at a Polish Squadron?

131 Group operated in France and the Benelux post Overlord
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Polish aircraft had the square on the fuselage as well as roundels; there is a roundel on the one on the left parked outside the hangar undergoing maintenance.
I can't see any 'invasion stripes' but I think they were painted out sometime after D Day weren't they?

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The truck doesn't look British. Looks more like a deuce and a half. I am thinking it may be a Canadian squadron which suggests Italy. Plenty of airships there pre-war. A stab in the dark at Treviso.
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Originally Posted by chevvron
Polish aircraft had the square on the fuselage as well as roundels; there is a roundel on the one on the left parked outside the hangar undergoing maintenance.
I can't see any 'invasion stripes' but I think they were painted out sometime after D Day weren't they?
Seems that the troop planes got there's on the 3rd June 44 and everyone as as soon as possible afterwards. A lot lost the top wing stripes in July/Aug 44

https://www.classicwarbirds.co.uk/ar...on-stripes.php

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There is 15 years in between the first two photos. There are no square roundels.
the banner is from an avgas company (likewise the poor attempt of Van Gogh to paint out the other avgas company name on the roof)



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Originally Posted by ea200
The truck doesn't look British. Looks more like a deuce and a half. I am thinking it may be a Canadian squadron which suggests Italy. Plenty of airships there pre-war. A stab in the dark at Treviso.
Apologies ea200, I did not notice your stab in the dark earlier.
But it is not Trevisio and not Italy.
My best guess on the truck is a Canadian CMP 15 CWT.
But do not take that as a clue.
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"an avgas company"

Hmm - Bear, flat scenery, letter S.... just who could that be..........

perhaps
Koninklijke Nederlandse Petroleum Maatschappi??


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So you have the country..


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and so much for my sun angle calculations!!

That's a pretty small picture but blowing it up it could be R2D2 or its a gun turret............
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Could it be Twente Airport?
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that turrety thing actually looks like its on the grass - is it some sort of Memorial Stone?

Is this airfield still in use Bear?
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Originally Posted by teusje
Could it be Twente Airport?
Teus did it again with Twente Airport (Enschede) in the Netherlands.
R2D2 is a spitfire tail with the Dutch flag as could be seen in the first picture
Here the unclipped photo of Dutch fighter pilot school 1946:


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