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Richard Flagg
30-10-2008, 11:40
An aerial I took in 11 October 2008

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/DSC_0216-1-1.jpg

Peter
30-10-2008, 17:08
Richard,
Isn't it funny how even after all these years, the runways can still be seen at these airbases..

Richard Flagg
16-02-2009, 00:13
A few recent photos of Fersfield

Site 7:
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090207Fersfield7-1.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090207Fersfield13-1.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090207Fersfield17-1.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090207Fersfield27-1.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090207Fersfield11-1.jpg

Communal Site:
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090207Fersfield39-1.jpg

Paul Francis
18-05-2009, 18:53
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q51/norwichpaul/RAF%20Fersfield/fers17.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q51/norwichpaul/RAF%20Fersfield/fers16.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q51/norwichpaul/RAF%20Fersfield/fers12.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q51/norwichpaul/RAF%20Fersfield/fers18.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q51/norwichpaul/RAF%20Fersfield/fers5.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q51/norwichpaul/RAF%20Fersfield/fers4.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q51/norwichpaul/RAF%20Fersfield/fers1.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q51/norwichpaul/RAF%20Fersfield/fers20.jpg

jason
18-05-2009, 20:41
Taken earlier this year near a living site at Fersfield. Any ideas as to make and model?

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk20/Cavboy80/CAV075.jpg

Denis
18-05-2009, 20:49
Bedford OY Also extremely similar was the not so well known OX model, but I think this is an OY.

Richard Flagg
01-06-2009, 22:40
Some photos taken yesterday, 31st May 2009

Airfield
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090531Fersfield6-1.jpg

All the dispersed sites to the south of the airfield
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090531Fersfield12-1.jpg

Close up of Site No 8
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090531Fersfield13-2.jpg

Brothmark
07-10-2009, 03:11
Fersfield by Brothmark

TommyUSA
18-02-2010, 16:47
During the Second World War, about 25 B-17s were converted into radio-controlled flying bombs under the designation BQ-7. They were designed to be used against German V-1 missile sites, submarine pens, or deep fortifications that had resisted conventional bombing. After a training period at Knettishall and Woodbridge, they were moved to Fersfield.

The first mission took place on August 4, 1944. The target was a V-1 site in Pas-de-Calais. In the first phase of the mission, two motherships and two drones took off. One of the drones went out of control shortly after takeoff. It crashed near the coastal village of Orford, destroying two acres of trees and digging an enormous crater.

Is this crater still extant near Orford? Anyone have a map ref?

Tommy

PETERTHEEATER
19-02-2010, 07:25
It impacted 'in a wood on the Sudbourne estate' near Orford; that would put it somewhere here:

http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=52.10959638903388&lon=1.513537195074002&gz=15&oz=7&gt=1

Usually a crater formed from that much explosive would fill with water and become a nice pond but if the land is well drained it can remain a crater and - because high explosives contain nitrates - the detonation area is very fertile and by now could be full of trees.

One way to track enemy bombs which fell in open country is to look for 'copses' of trees.

Peter Kirk
19-02-2010, 09:22
"because high explosives contain nitrogen - the detonation area is very fertile and by now could be full of trees"

That I didn't know or appreciate. It expalins why some craters are like a mini oasis.

ianbache
20-02-2010, 20:07
I do believe that, the brother of John F Kennedy flew from here on a mission to target a V1 site at Mimoyecques , Lieutenant Joseph Kennedy was the pilot of the robot aircraft that exploded at 2000ft ,killing him and his radio-controll engineer in 1944,the code name for the remote control trials being (Aphrodite)

Martin Bull
21-02-2010, 09:31
I'll just chip in that some rather sad fragments of Joseph Kennedy's aircraft were on display at the Framlingham Tower museum when I last visited.....

ianbache
21-02-2010, 18:47
I'll just chip in that some rather sad fragments of Joseph Kennedy's aircraft were on display at the Framlingham Tower museum when I last visited.....

Hi Martin
Went here quite a few years ago whilst on my hols ,decided to go to the museum but i got the wrong sunday in the month ,and they were shut ,just my luck
I must make another effort to go soon
Regards Ian

Richard Flagg
19-04-2010, 21:48
Some of Fersfield that I took yesterday having avioded the volcanic ash clouds!

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20100418Fersfield1-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20100418Fersfield2-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20100418Fersfield19-1.jpg

Richard Flagg
07-01-2012, 14:29
Some photos of Fersfield that I took on 14 March 2009

1 - Hangar / T2 Type Aircraft Shed (Building 16) (Drg No 3635/42)
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090314Fersfield2-1.jpg

2 - Gas Clothing & Respirator Store (Building 27) (Drg No 13730/41)
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090314Fersfield4-1.jpg

3 - Main Stores (Building 36) (Drg No 2883/43)
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090314Fersfield5-1.jpg

4 - Main Stores (Building 37) (Drg No 2883/43)
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090314Fersfield7-1.jpg

5 - Main Workshops (Building 29) (Drg No 827/43)
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090314Fersfield3-1.jpg

6 - Main Workshops (Building 30) (Drg No 827/43)
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090314Fersfield6-1.jpg

7 - Squadron Armoury (Building 23) (Drg No 3888/43) (Site of)
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090314Fersfield9-1.jpg

8 - Gymnasium (Building 152) (Drg No 4911/42)
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090314Fersfield10-1.jpg

9 - Commanding Officers Quarters (Building 179) (Drg No 9023/41)
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20090314Fersfield11-1.jpg

Richard Flagg
10-01-2012, 01:49
Control Tower at Fersfield by Alan 'Bomber' Wood taken in the 1970's. Scanned from a slide.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/ALL%20OTHER%20PHOTOS/Alan%20Wood/scan0001.jpg

Alan M
08-03-2012, 17:55
My late Father was stationed at Foulsham with 100 Group during WW2. For purely nostalgia and sentimental reasons I would like to visit the Airfield. My Wife and I are in Norfolk on holiday in July. Is access to the Airfield available or is there a landowner to contact? Can anybody please advise me as we do not wish to trespass.

stiemer
09-03-2012, 19:30
My late Father was stationed at Foulsham with 100 Group during WW2. For purely nostalgia and sentimental reasons I would like to visit the Airfield. My Wife and I are in Norfolk on holiday in July. Is access to the Airfield available or is there a landowner to contact? Can anybody please advise me as we do not wish to trespass.

Hello Alan, I have wondered around most parts of the airfield unchallenged as most of it is accessible from the road, if you look hard enough there is still a few hidden gems around. The remaining hanger is easily walked to, the old fire station is used as I was told by a small film unit making soft porn films, so never had the nerve to knock and ask for a look around.

If I can be of any help with directions let me know.

XskotyX
10-03-2012, 20:09
it was Joe Kennedy flying the drone, im pretty sure that it was over Blythburgh when it blew up, i think it was as it was being switched over to radio control when something shorted out causing it to explode i think it was called 'Operation Aphrodite'

XskotyX
10-03-2012, 20:13
just found this on wiki



"ATTEMPTED FIRST APHRODITE ATTACK TWELVE AUGUST WITH ROBOT TAKING OFF FROM FERSFIELD AT ONE EIGHT ZERO FIVE HOURS PD ROBOT EXPLODED IN THE AIR AT APPROXIMATELY TWO THOUSAND FEET EIGHT MILES SOUTHEAST OF HALESWORTH AT ONE EIGHT TWO ZERO HOURS PD WILFORD J. WILLY CMA SR GRADE LIEUTENANT AND JOSEPH P. KENNEDY SR GRADE LIEUTENANT CMA BOTH USNR CMA WERE KILLED PD COMMANDER SMITH CMA IN COMMAND OF THIS UNIT CMA IS MAKING FULL REPORT TO US NAVAL OPERATIONS PD A MORE DETAILED REPORT WILL BE FORWARDED TO YOU WHEN INTERROGATION IS COMPLETED"

Richard Flagg
14-05-2013, 18:42
A few photos I took at lunchtime on 13 May 2013

Runway
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20130513Fersfield1-001.jpg

Taxiway
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20130513Fersfield3-001.jpg

Loop Dispersal
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20130513Fersfield5-001.jpg

T2 Hangar
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/NORFOLK/Fersfield/20130513Fersfield8-001.jpg

dunks103
12-08-2013, 21:37
Sixty nine years ago today 12th August 1944. A PB4Y-1 Liberator tookoff from RAF Fersfield with Lt Joseph P Kennedy Jr and Lt Wilford J Willy. They were on a US Navy secret mission Project Aphrodite drone plane. Sadly the PB4Y-1 blew up before both Joseph Kennedy Jr and Wilford J Willy could bale out
Informatiom from Dunkeswell Memorial Museum http://dmm103105110.btck.co.uk/

airfields man
13-08-2013, 20:03
I read about this mission many years ago in Roger Freemans Mighty Eighth War Manual. We went in search of a memorial at Fersfield thinking there MUST be one here to this member of such a well known family....nothing ! Haven't been there now for about five years so maybe there could ( Should ) be a reminder of some kind.

Richard Flagg
03-07-2014, 19:14
One I took last night of Fersfield:

http://www.ukairfields.org.uk/uploads/7/0/8/5/7085670/865616_orig.jpg