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OUAQUKGF Ops 25th Feb 2021 17:55

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Portia was 'With Child' when she passed through the Boundary hedge.

JENKINS 25th Feb 2021 20:02

RAF Docking perhaps?

OUAQUKGF Ops 25th Feb 2021 21:22

Well done Jenkins. RAF Docking Norfolk it is. Active 1939-1945. Originally Decoy Aerodrome and subsequently Satellite for nearby Bircham Newton. Became a very busy Coastal Command Aerodrome being more suited for Night Operations than Bircham Newton. Longest runway (Grass) N/E-S/W 1730yds. Hosted Shipping Strike Squadrons, Met Reconnaissance Flights, Air Sea Rescue Units and a Beam Approach Flight (this last 1942-45). Proximity to coast meant that crippled aircraft returning from Ops over Europe, short of fuel, or weather diversions would sometimes land at Docking. My clue alluded to the latter:


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42-30263 Pregnant Portia at Docking October 30th 1943. Also suffering similar fate at Docking on the same day B17s 42-30250 and 42-30171. All 385 BG (Great Ashfield) on Ops Recall. Photo credit American Air Museum in Britain.

(Observed by ATC at Docking to have landed long.)


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Crews of 206 Squadron at Docking in 1940. The Squadron suffered heavy losses in that year. Photo credit Bircham Newton Heritage Centre.
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Flying Officer J.B. Gordon and his 1041 Met Flight Gladiator at Bircham Newton. The location of this photo is sometimes given as Docking from where this aircraft operated.
Photo credit Imperial War Museum.



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Photo credit Airfield Research Group.

Further reading: Up In all Weathers By David Jacklin published by Larks Press.

Over to you Jenkins

JENKINS 26th Feb 2021 09:18

Terrific photographs: thanks, I am sure, from all here. Stopped one lunchtime in local pub for lunch, somewhat perturbed to find that local burial was having a wake therein. Lovely countryside, and not particularly flat. Nearby Commonwealth War Grave cemetery worth a visit.

Open House I regret, no source of anything decent.

OUAQUKGF Ops 26th Feb 2021 13:08

Yes a gently rolling landscape, beautifully stark with vast skies. The first image looking west from the remains of the eastern perimeter which now serves as a lane. The only clue to the lane's former function being in the regular fissures of its concrete construction. Very atmospheric.

Asturias56 26th Feb 2021 15:44

I don't expect this to last long.............

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jensdad 26th Feb 2021 19:45


Originally Posted by OUAQUKGF Ops (Post 10997786)


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Crews of 206 Squadron at Docking in 1940. Photo credit Bircham Newton Heritage Centre.

Fantastic photos indeed. What type are these RAF aircraft? Interesting looking machines, although not the most attractive :)

Self loading bear 26th Feb 2021 19:52

Lockheed Hudson

sycamore 26th Feb 2021 22:26

Australia....?

Asturias56 27th Feb 2021 07:10

A long way from Australia...................... though English is spoken by most of the inhabitants

Self loading bear 27th Feb 2021 23:37

I have worked my way through airstrips in Guyana, Sierra Leone, Liberia Nigeria and Cameroon.
Did I miss something or is it closer to Australia than Cameroon?

jensdad 27th Feb 2021 23:43


Originally Posted by Self loading bear (Post 10998325)
Lockheed Hudson

Dank je wel, SLB!

Asturias56 28th Feb 2021 07:23


Originally Posted by Self loading bear (Post 10998876)
I have worked my way through airstrips in Guyana, Sierra Leone, Liberia Nigeria and Cameroon.
Did I miss something or is it closer to Australia than Cameroon?


Not a lot in it Bear - but you have made a significant error in the thought process in line 1 - rather a pleasant spot to sit with a beer.............. a once a day service more or less but mainly for the relatively well heeled to look at wild life

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chevvron 28th Feb 2021 07:55

Treetops Hotel??

Asturias56 28th Feb 2021 08:54

well I could afford to stay there so not as grand as Treetops... and a lot closer to sea level...............

nvubu 28th Feb 2021 18:34

I think the airstrip is in a national park - although not sure it is in Kenya.

O/T. I didn't rate Treetops when I stayed there in the 1980s, it just seemed like it was trading on it's name. If I remember correctly it wasn't in the treetops when I visited as they had all been cut down, although looking on GE now, looks like the walk in to the hotel has been re forested. However, it also looks like the location is a bit out on a limb, with settlements only 1km away to the N, E & S. I visited the Ark (also in the Aberdares) the previous year, and I remember that being in the middle of the forest, with just the water hole as the open space.

Asturias56 1st Mar 2021 09:07

Not sure if it's a national park - I think it has general protection tho'....... you can see the sand dunes fringing the ocean at the https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....f841c6ac9d.jpg
end of the runway in this shot - it's not exactly overrun with navaids!




nvubu 1st Mar 2021 17:01

From your clue "Not a lot in it Bear", I reckon it is must be somewhere in the Indian sub-continent - but where I have no idea.

"I don't expect this to last long" :ok:

Max Tow 1st Mar 2021 22:12

[QUOTE=nvubu;10999920] "I reckon it is must be somewhere in the Indian sub-continent - but where I have no idea."

except that I don't think that you'll find "English is spoken by most of the inhabitants'" in India...or anywhere else in that area (except on a few tropical islands).

Max Tow 2nd Mar 2021 04:08

Further thoughts...

Interestingly, OP hasn't yet said which in direction from Cameroon to Oz it's equidistant, so with those dunes & grass, the cooler latitudes on the other way round to recent guesses may be more fertile linguistically, perhaps?


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