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Which Aerodrome Mk IV

Old 22nd May 2021, 09:58
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Which Aerodrome Mk IV


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Old 22nd May 2021, 10:37
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Is it Christchurch - New Zealand?
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Old 22nd May 2021, 17:25
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It might be the 1963 royal tour which fits with the V-Jet in the background. If so, I would take a wild guess at Coolangatta based on the terrain.
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Old 23rd May 2021, 09:24
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O Ops nails it first up with Christchurch. The VIP RAAF V700 was the decoy (not particularly effective in this case). The photo was post 1963 Royal tour; The VJets didn't come to Christchurch until 1965 IIRC although this was taken in 1966.

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Thanks siftydog it was a bit of a fluke. I couldn't see too many eucalyptus trees so I thought I would widen the search a bit to within sort of Viscount range. Later did a bit of digging and think your snap probably shows Viscount A6-435 which was at Christchurch on 8th February 1967 collecting the Australian Prime Minister.



Here is one to go on with. I'll put another clue on this evening.



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Threshold present day.
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Once quite common on the aerodrome............its crest not well seen.........emblematic

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It looks a green and pleasant land but a big sky… East Anglia or Northern France perhaps.
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Old 24th May 2021, 08:27
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Indeed one or the other.
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Somewhere like Thetford Snarehill? - Good for Nightjars...........
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Not like Thetford (Snarehill) would encounter performance limitations there..........
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RAF Graveley?
I'll tell you why if I'm correct.
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Sorry for the delay chevvronwe had to leave the wilds of north-east Norfolk this morning in a futile quest for a replacement motor car. ( My wife suggested a Hearse rather than an old-people carrier.) I'm afraid it isn't Gravely but perhaps I'll do that next and then you can tell me why. I'm loathe to put up another visual clue just yet, however Folks can have a look at the first image, just below the windshield. That should give an indication of aircraft type - I've put a couple of hints on the image of the Night Jar too which should move us all on a bit............?

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Windshield looks like a Viscount and there's a 'line' in the grass to the left of the runway which led me to suggest Graveley.
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chevvron if your answer about Gravely was to include 692 Squadron all I can say is that you were certainly in one respect working along the right lines.

I see our posts have crossed. I fear it is not a Viscount. Keep chipping away !
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I think my remarks about 692 Squadron and Graveley better be disregarded as irrelevant. A small visual clue for you all.


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RAF Spanhoe?
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Old 24th May 2021, 22:29
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Sorry Sifty - it is not RAF Spanhoe . This was an RAF Aerodrome but there were no Transport Squadrons stationed there until the end of The War. I will leave it at that for the moment. Perhaps The Night Shift can make a connection? Incidentally the first and the above image were taken in July 1944.

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Downham Market (AKA Bexwell)?
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ea200 alas not Downham Market but you could be getting warm....... (214 Squadron moved to Downham from Chedburgh)

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