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Peter Kirk
20-12-2008, 16:26
I came across this photo on the Life pictures site on Google.

http://images.google.com/hosted/life

The picture seems to be postwar, maybe 1950's but is it Eastchurch? The lack of background suggests it is on a hill.

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn128/PNK_album/SomewhereinKent.jpg

Paul Francis
20-12-2008, 17:03
Yes its Eastchurch

Trikeman
14-01-2009, 12:14
I'm not convinced it is Eastchurch, it's the same design but you should be able to see Stamford Hill behind, there are also other buildings around the Eastchurch Hangar. Have a look at the comparison aerial shot I took of Eastchurch's remaining WW1 hanger - I accept that it will have been reclad and the doors removed and boarded, but the background on the mystery picture doesn't look right. So I'll need more evidence to convince me, I hope it is as it would be a rare picture!
Trikeman
http://i722.photobucket.com/albums/ww221/trikeboy/Airfields/MysteryHangar-1.jpg

Peter Kirk
14-01-2009, 21:47
Trikeman - I know what you mean. I had a similar thought but I could only come up with Eastchurch. The foreground appears to drop as well but it could be just a trick of the angle. Let's see if anyone has canything else to add.

Macaw
27-01-2009, 01:18
HI

I used to Christmas at Greatstone, with my grandfather (who was asked to guard the first German aircraft shot down on British soil in Sept 39 - only to prise off the engine plates -now in Duxford archives) and listened to his stories of British aviation, especially his stories of Eastchurch whenever 'Those magnificent Men' was shown on TV. As an aircraft engineer he had researched the history of aircraft manufacture in Britain and was probably somewhat dismayed at his early retirement due to some Government rethink.

I am hoping to go to the Sky Sheppey Celebration of the centenary of British aviation in July 2009.

I am looking for the airfield site layout of Eastchurch as it was in 1940, it had probably not changed much over the years and some buildings do still remain. I have seen the buildings picture of what is was in those early pioneer years and want to know how much of that was still there in 1940 and the perimeter layout.

Does anyone have a good idea of what I may have looked like or a source that I could research further.

many thanks.

Paul Francis
27-01-2009, 09:55
I have photographed everything at Eastchurch (and guess what PNK - the buildings are all still there!). There are a number of 1910 hangars (one complete row) and some of these may have come from Shellbeach. Most other buildings are RNAS types.

CDP
27-01-2009, 18:21
Macaw - RAF Museum, Hendon should have the site plans for Eastchurch.

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/coll ... /index.cfm (http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/collections/archive/index.cfm)

Chris

Peter Kirk
27-01-2009, 21:49
and guess what PNK - the buildings are all still there

Ah you spotted that comment then! :oops:

This site may also be of interest http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=2116.0
I knew I had seen the name Trikeman somwhere before.

Richard Flagg
20-10-2010, 21:35
The obligitory group photo from today!! Great to see everyone and it was a very enjoyable day.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/KENT/Eastchurch/20101020Eastchurch10-1.jpg
L-R across top:Bigherb, Bucanneer66, jason, Canute, REF, PNK and Medwayboy, norwichpaul in the yellow jacket

If the chaps who went would like a copy of the photo, PM me your email and I will send it across

medwayboy
21-10-2010, 13:51
Posted some of my pics.. Hope it's ok here.... If not I can move them...

http://s762.photobucket.com/albums/xx270/stroodboy/RAF%20Eastchurch/?albumview=slideshow

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx270/stroodboy/RAF%20Eastchurch/eastchuch1.jpg

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx270/stroodboy/RAF%20Eastchurch/eastchuch3.jpg


http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx270/stroodboy/RAF%20Eastchurch/eastchuch6.jpg

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx270/stroodboy/RAF%20Eastchurch/eastchuch7.jpg

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx270/stroodboy/RAF%20Eastchurch/eastchuch8.jpg

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx270/stroodboy/RAF%20Eastchurch/eastchuch9.jpg

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx270/stroodboy/RAF%20Eastchurch/eastchuch12.jpg

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx270/stroodboy/RAF%20Eastchurch/eastchuch14.jpg

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx270/stroodboy/RAF%20Eastchurch/eastchuch16.jpg

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx270/stroodboy/RAF%20Eastchurch/eastchuch17.jpg

Canute
21-10-2010, 19:34
Nice pictures there Medwayboy - interesting to see HDR in action.

... the view from the mother of all Battle Headquarters
http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/gg402/chrisprayner/DSC_0525Large.jpg

Peter Kirk
22-10-2010, 17:20
Can't add much to the photos added apart from this one which made me think of "Whack Attack" :)

3218

Canute
22-10-2010, 23:29
You've got to buy the book (after all Norwichpaul made us all do so in order to get back out of the prison) but here's a picture of the Battle HQ anyway (there's a better one in the book)
http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/gg402/chrisprayner/DSC_0519.jpg

ianbache
11-05-2012, 22:54
Heres a image from 1917 showing a Sopwith Triplane N5445 outside the hangars at Eastchurch

http://i550.photobucket.com/albums/ii425/LLanbedr/sopwithtriplanen5445.jpg

PETERTHEEATER
12-05-2012, 07:27
RNAS personnel salvaging parts from the remains of Bristol Scout Type C, No. 1255, between aircraft sheds at Eastchurch, after its crash on 31 August 1916.

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l366/PRACHUAP/EastchurchIWMHU86931.jpg

Courtesy of Imperial War Museum IWM (HU 86931)

tigger
20-03-2013, 09:52
Noticed this via the Kent & Sussex History Boards (there's a link earlier in this thread)

http://www.pfr.co.uk/documents/Appendix%2010.3%20Eastchurch%20Airfield%20%28low%2 0res%29.pdf

Then/now photos, history, plans etc. Very interesting read

PETERTHEEATER
21-03-2013, 08:23
Thanks tigger a useful reference document that has pulled together some nice photographs and drawings with modern additions. I did not realise that there was a BHQ there. I now see that it is indicated on the D of B database.

Daveg4otu
05-08-2013, 17:39
I have just received a 1915 photo(see link) of what was described by one of
those in the photo as a French aircraft at . The photo's donor
is the grandson of the gentleman second from the right . He was a master
carpenter from East Cowes IoW. According to him the aircraft was the first
French machine to visit Eastlchurch and was a bomber.


Here's the link to the picture...
http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/189.jpg (http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/189.jpg)

Richard Flagg
09-12-2013, 21:14
Eastchurch Battle Headquarters, photos taken on 30 April 2010

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/KENT/Eastchurch/20100430Eastchurch10.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/KENT/Eastchurch/20100430Eastchurch14.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/KENT/Eastchurch/20100430Eastchurch15.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/KENT/Eastchurch/20100430Eastchurch55.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/KENT/Eastchurch/20100430Eastchurch51.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/KENT/Eastchurch/20100430Eastchurch22.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/KENT/Eastchurch/20100430Eastchurch24.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/KENT/Eastchurch/20100430Eastchurch32.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/KENT/Eastchurch/20100430Eastchurch44.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/KENT/Eastchurch/20100430Eastchurch49.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/KENT/Eastchurch/20100430Eastchurch45.jpg

Peter Kirk
09-12-2013, 21:43
I don't think I would be able to get down there now! Is it going to be preserved? If not there must be some expert labour amongst the residents to at least stop it falling apart.

cliveh
10-12-2013, 08:18
Is the site generally accessible or is it within the prison grounds now?

cliveh

Another Number
10-12-2013, 09:07
All with in the prison grounds, it was an arranged visit.

cliveh
10-12-2013, 09:10
Thanks

cliveh

ianbache
15-12-2013, 21:24
Here is a early image from Eastchurch, depicting a Voisin LA-5, 8521. c/o Krul, any idea off the date?

http://i550.photobucket.com/albums/ii425/LLanbedr/voisin_la-5_8521_zpsfb279a3d.jpg (http://s550.photobucket.com/user/LLanbedr/media/voisin_la-5_8521_zpsfb279a3d.jpg.html)

Regards Ian

Tally Ho
08-01-2014, 22:32
Thanks

cliveh

You can drive down the road leading to the prison as the people do who visit the prisoners, there still a lot of wartime buildings to be seen which have been converted to stores and maintenance buildings but no trace of any hangers you can even make out where the Sheppy Light Railway crossed the road leading to the prison the Railway closed in 1956 there was a halt at eastchurch and a siding for the Airfield.
One of the Airfields later claim to fame was that the author of All Creatures Great and Small was stationed at Eastchurch during the WW2.

GI_
13-01-2014, 23:33
You can drive down the road leading to the prison as the people do who visit the prisoners, there still a lot of wartime buildings to be seen which have been converted to stores and maintenance buildings but no trace of any hangers you can even make out where the Sheppy Light Railway crossed the road leading to the prison the Railway closed in 1956 there was a halt at eastchurch and a siding for the Airfield.
One of the Airfields later claim to fame was that the author of All Creatures Great and Small was stationed at Eastchurch during the WW2.
Please see this. Hope you like it, it took weeks of research and building to get it almost as it was during world war 2. Even built Hang the expense, the B17.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwuImJLNPH0

Peter Kirk
20-04-2014, 11:44
In the PDF mentioned in post #16 there is a copy of airfield plan 239/33 and in the middle of the landing field there is a ship type shape with a number in it. As this version is unreadable can anyone tell me what it is referred to in the index? I am assuming it is a bombing target but the aerial photos show it as a circle with a centre dot.

(Note the link mentioned is no longer valid)

PETERTHEEATER
20-04-2014, 14:20
The site www.pfr.co.uk is down for essential maintenance (it says).