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siftydog 22nd May 2021 08:58

Which Aerodrome Mk IV
As it's OH...

OUAQUKGF Ops 22nd May 2021 09:37

Is it Christchurch - New Zealand?

ea200 22nd May 2021 16:25

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.

siftydog 23rd May 2021 08:24

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.

OUAQUKGF Ops 23rd May 2021 09:22

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.


OUAQUKGF Ops 23rd May 2021 19:10


Threshold present day.

OUAQUKGF Ops 24th May 2021 05:50


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

siftydog 24th May 2021 07:19

It looks a green and pleasant land but a big sky… East Anglia or Northern France perhaps.

OUAQUKGF Ops 24th May 2021 07:27

Indeed one or the other.

Asturias56 24th May 2021 07:53

Somewhere like Thetford Snarehill? - Good for Nightjars...........

OUAQUKGF Ops 24th May 2021 08:17

Not like Thetford (Snarehill) would encounter performance limitations there..........

chevvron 24th May 2021 10:56

RAF Graveley?
I'll tell you why if I'm correct.

OUAQUKGF Ops 24th May 2021 14:24

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............?

chevvron 24th May 2021 14:41

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.

OUAQUKGF Ops 24th May 2021 14:42

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 !

OUAQUKGF Ops 24th May 2021 16:05

I think my remarks about 692 Squadron and Graveley better be disregarded as irrelevant. A small visual clue for you all.


siftydog 24th May 2021 18:59

RAF Spanhoe?

OUAQUKGF Ops 24th May 2021 21:29

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.

ea200 24th May 2021 22:00

Downham Market (AKA Bexwell)?

OUAQUKGF Ops 25th May 2021 04:39

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

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