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Please observe the 24-hour rule (see below) Update of the database up to 13-08-2022 can be found in Post 1372 Page 69 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.
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Newer pictures are allowed but the theme here is to compare/contrast old with new as well as identifying aerodromes which no longer exist.
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Old 21st Sep 2023, 09:59
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I have a vague memory that Stinsons were used as VIP transport for senior military during the war - especially for people like Eisenhower....................

somewhere like Camp Griffiss in Bushey Park?? Or Southwick House outside Portsmouth??
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Sorry neither of those locations. I've just delved into Historic England's excellent Aerial Explorer and found this.



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Looks like a signals square next to what I assume is the cricket field.
RAF Stanbridge?
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Just going for a walk - A56 had a very good sniff............I'll bung on what perhaps will be the final clue after lunch. In the meantime I'm guessing that the Childrens' Playground (highlighted) is where the hangar used to stand.

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Old 21st Sep 2023, 15:23
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Sorry not RAF Stanbridge. Just popping to the Library.......



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Is he famous? An Influencer perchance........... ?? Bad enough enough a strange airfield - now we have OUAQUKGF posting self portraits.....................
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With that conk he looks like W C Field.
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Old 21st Sep 2023, 18:35
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chevvron - No promotion for you ! Dear Chaps - standing outside WC2R 1DH ('Orange and Lemons.......') and let us have a Rapid Race for the Finish.

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Old 21st Sep 2023, 19:05
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You're not going to 'bomb' me out of town are you?
Pike, call your Uncle Arthur and take that Tweed jacket off.
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Better put your black out curtains up Chevvron !
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Are you up in Shropshire by any chance - Brockton?
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Sorry Shackman the strip was not in Shropshire. It was in the Home Counties. Here is a clue that holds the name of the airstrip.............



And here is another clue which should, I hope, wrap things up.


The Gentleman sitting at the desk regularly flew in the Stinson Reliant from the strip.

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Old 22nd Sep 2023, 06:54
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I've looked all the way from N**h*** northwards to L**** G**** and I can't find the grass strip but I was told he actually used the straight bit of road outside the main 'bunker' site; there were a couple of short pieces of (paved) road just outside the main gate up until about 1980 (there had been a helipad established on the sports field long before this of course) where the aircraft could be parked; I observed them many times when I visited in my capacity as a member of a Royal Observer Corps 'Special Duties' team.
Later in life, my ATC squadron was 'parented' by the station for things like uniforms and other equipment so I visited many more times.
Now I've gone and revealed both his name and the name of his HQ.
Time 0708: I just searched google instead of Bing and the grass strip/cricket field IS there.

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Give us the name!
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Arthur Harris....?
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Old 22nd Sep 2023, 08:48
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The generic name would be 'RAF High Wycombe' but this is spread out over several sites near Naphill with the actual grass airstrip being at Lacey Green which is about a mile north of the main 'bunker' site.

I'd better add 'Open House!
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Old 22nd Sep 2023, 09:43
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(Photo IWM) Sir Arthur Harris with 'Pathfinder' Bennett. (Is that a box of eggs?)

Lacey Green Airfield, Buckinghamshire


Phew - we got there in the end. In the old B+W aerial you can see 'New Road' which was built by the RAF to connect the village and Princes Risborough beyond with RAF High Wycombe.




Well done Chevvron, Sycamore and A56 who had a good sniff...............

I think it is OH.
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good challenge!

I came across the Stinson connrction when I ran a challenge on the airfield just south of Windsor Castle - which was used by top brass in WW2. Never thought of Harris tho'.............................
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'New Road' was built by the RAF and was also used for light aircraft as it passed right outside the main gate of the 'bunker' site; parking 'spur's' leading off the main road either side of the gate were provided to park the aircraft. These short 'spurs' had 'No Entry' signs at both ends which was why we asked about them.

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Old 22nd Sep 2023, 11:59
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Originally Posted by Asturias56
good challenge!

I came across the Stinson connrction when I ran a challenge on the airfield just south of Windsor Castle - which was used by top brass in WW2. Never thought of Harris tho'.............................
There was more than one airfield 'just south ' of the castle, one being to the south west at Foliejon Park (used by the King of Norway and his government in exile during WW2) and another at Smith's Lawn at the southern end of the Great Park used for the assembly and test flying of Wellingtons and Warwicks and by Prince Philip while he was learning to fly in the '50s.

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