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Old 10th Jun 2022, 18:04
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What airfield is this?

Can anyone ID the airfield used in the 1949 film Stop Press Girl which was on TV today?
Link is to Reelstreets which usually has all the info; follow link and scroll down to last few stills.

And if you get it, tell Reelstreets!

Reelstreets | Stop Press Girl

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Old 10th Jun 2022, 18:41
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Halifax G-AKEC. I'm thinking either Blackbushe, Northolt, Bovingdon or Radlett maybe?
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Reelstreets.com is usually helpful for film locations but in this case draws a blank so far. There are one or two stills of the airfield scene from the film (captures 36-39) which might help

https://www.reelstreets.com/films/stop-press-girl/
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The first location, Finchingfield, is not a million miles from Stansted. The old Western side airport entrance used to have a good population of those white huts (although appreciate that was a common vista at many old WW2 airfields)
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Here's the film - sequence is around 47 minutes.

https://archive.org/details/spg554112
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Thanks horatio b and treadigraph very interesting. I'm pretty sure that this is Bovingdon Aerodrome. HP Halifax 8 G-AKEC registered to Lancashire Aircraft Corporation. Based at Bovingdon at the time the film was made. Reference made to PPRuNe thread on Bovingdon for comparisons:



The chimney on the left can be seen in an old wartime aerial photograph on the Bovingdon thread.


Photographed at a much later date and at a different angle.



Note Nissen Huts seen below during filming of 'The War Lover' at Bovingdon





Departing from R/W 27 Bovingdon.


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Old 11th Jun 2022, 16:43
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Thanx everyone, huge and quick response.
Looks like Bovingdon for sure!

Reelstreets.com will be happy for update.
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That 's a very interesting site!!
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Bovingdon - also used for filming 633 Squadron.
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Originally Posted by Auxtank View Post
Bovingdon - also used for filming 633 Squadron.
And Mosquito Squadron and Hanover Street plus location shots for the Battle of Britain and The Man with the Golden Gun and many other 'shorts'.
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