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BAILLEUL
29-04-2008, 14:14
Hello,

I have been invited by Richard inthis forum.

I'm a french researcher, worked from fews years about topic like V1 flying bomb, V2 rocket and old airfields in France.

I'm author of two book concerning history of V1 launching sites in France:
http://www.SitesV1du-nord-de-la-france.com

I'm webmaster and coordinator of a french group researcher who worked about old airfields in France.
Our web site is: http://www.anciens-aerodromes.com

Our group realised visit of old airfields, reearch in archives center, and reconnaissance flights over this airfields.
You can visit our website.

In this group, you have specialists about Luftwaffe, Armée de l'Air and 1st war worl airfields.

We were very happy to join your forum and we can maybe help us with exchange.
You can found in my website (about airfields) special pages about RAF airfields and airfields in USA.

It's a great job, but we have time and pleasure to exchange with others persons with aviation enjoy.

Laurent BAILLEUL
Sorry for my English with errors !

CDP
29-04-2008, 14:28
Welcome to AIX.

Your research sounds fascinating and I hope these message boards provide some of the answers might need.

We hope find them both informative and enjoyable and look forward to seeing you around.

Regards,

AIX

olympusman
29-04-2008, 16:17
Be welcome Laurent

I've seen your books and are an excellent research/reference on the subject !

And your website is fascinating me by de number of airfields on such a small area....

Just continue in that direction !

Richard Flagg
30-04-2008, 20:58
Hi Laurent

Thanks for joining and welcome to the forum here.

Look forward to seeing some more of you work and hopefully we can all work together to preseve the history of our airfields.

Great websites and I have put them up on the links pages on here as well.

Richard

Paul Francis
02-05-2008, 22:16
BAILLEUL - welcome. I have visited your web-site and enjoyed it very much. I have the following photobucket site where I add my europe photos. Not much of France yet, apart from Meudon Hauts-le-Seine, although Hahn and Bitburg were built by the French in 1950 (they are in the French Zone of Germany).
http://s152.photobucket.com/albums/s167 ... ry-europe/ (http://s152.photobucket.com/albums/s167/military-europe/)

I am writing an extensive report on Allied Air Forces Central Europe, I dont know where exactly you are in France, but would you happen to know whether Camp Guynemer in the forest of Fontainebleau, the former AAFCE HQ is extant and whether its possible to visit?

BAILLEUL
03-05-2008, 06:21
Hi,

I leave in BAILLEUL (same city name than my name) in Flanders, beetwen Dunkirk and Lille. I'm just near Belgium border, near Ypres.
As you read, my area is connected with war history.

About your website, thanks. I haven't informations about Fontainebleau but we have in our group, members who live near Paris. I send your question.

Maybe we can open a new webpage with your photos.

Yours

Laurent
http://www.anciens-aerodromes.com

Hanglands_08
06-08-2008, 20:08
Hello!

Not long registered here, and just thought I'd say 'Hello' for now until I get time to post something a little more interesting.

These boards are great, two years ago I would never have imagined so many people would share the same interests! Its very reassuring.

I noticed while reading through the boards that some of my fellow HAGs (Huntingdonshire Aviation Group) have already beaten me here.

My main interest has always been Bomber Command in the Cambridgeshire area, though recently I've been stockpiling material to read on 100 Group. Just need to find time to get stuck in to it.

Looking forward more reading and a bit of posting here.

Regards,

S.

Magickpyggie
13-10-2008, 06:08
Was brought up believing that my Grandad, William Hugh Ewen was the first Scotsman to fly, and before you all tell me NO, it took nearly sixty years to find out he held the 63rd RAeS Certificate and was the fifth Scotsman to hold one.
He had a Company based at Lanark, and Hendon called the W H Ewen Aviation Co Ltd and built Caudron planes under licence. He was also said to have planned to open a Flying School west of Glasgow, and I wonder if that could have been Abbotsinch?
He left W H Ewen Aviation Co in 1914 and re-appeared in the RFC in 1915.
I am very interested in anything to do with Lanark and Hendon and curious about the foundation of Abbotsinch.

Magickpyggie

Paul Francis
13-10-2008, 09:09
According to my records, WH Ewen was indeed No.63 which he gained at Hendon on 14-02-11 while attending the Bleriot Flying Club, flying a Bleriot monoplane. He was the tenth person to get his certificate at Hendon and the eighth to get one in a Bleriot at Hendon. The first at Hendon was JG Weir on 08-11-10 and No. 64 was the famous Gustav Hamel, also in a Bleriot and at Hendon.

Welcome!

contentd
31-10-2008, 17:48
Nick Koenig's Website at http://www.flyingkoenig.com/ has a gallery section with some photos of the Ewen School....

binbrook74
01-11-2008, 11:58
Welcome along mate

ianbache
20-12-2008, 22:30
hi
my name is ian ,iam a member of the valley aviation society ,and live in Telford shropshire ,my claim to fame ,is scanner reports ,on there forum ,
my interests are disused airfields ,Llanbedr is the one that i look for first ,as i have a caravan at the end of the main ,north to south runway ,
kemble have won the 125 year lease so ,hopefully its not disused for long
Ive searched the forum before i registered ,and think its full of imformation that i was looking for ,well done

PNK
20-12-2008, 22:34
Your caravan, is it red and white chequered? (or was it black and white?)

Welcome to the forum.

Arcade Al
20-12-2008, 22:41
Welcome!

ianbache
20-12-2008, 23:11
I wished it was the red +white caravan at the end ,but sadly its green ,i dont think Llanbedr had one, but they had a UAV controller at the end of the RWY which was red and white towed by a landrover from the control tower which ,controlled the jindivik into D201 for live firing

PJH
22-12-2008, 17:09
Ian,

Welcome to the forum. The mobile caravan at Llanbedr was for the azimuth controller. For take-off they were positioned behind the aircraft so that they could steer the launch trolley down the runway centreline. Once the Jindivik had taken off, they were towed around to the other end of the runway so that they would be facing the aircraft on final approach. Again they controlled it left and right based on observing a landing light through a sighting system. Up and down motion for landing only was controlled by the elevation controller. They were situated in one of two cabins that were located at the side of the main runway. Using a similar sighting system their role was to guide the aircraft down its nominal glideslope. Control for the rest of the flight was from control cells located in the 'new' tower.

In case you're wondering how I know all this, I used to be project manager for the Jindivik design authority in the UK from about 1998 until the end of operations. Happy days with many trips to Llanbedr, nights in the Victoria Inn, curries in Porthmadoc etc

Peter

ianbache
22-12-2008, 19:43
Hi peter
Many thanks for the reply ,i used to watch the Jindivik come and go ,sometimes not returning from of the range ,its a pity the operations had to stop, spent many hours in the sandunes ,watching the likes of the Meteor, Canberra, Hawk,and finally the Alpha,,Jet.
But looks like Kemble Air Services have ,had the green light from the Welsh Goverment this week ,pending planning permission,so good news hopefully.
Had a walk on the site today ,for some pics ,there was what looked like security on there so made a hasty retreat.
I have been coming here since 1964 ,so our paths might have passed in the Vic at some time ,i did meet Sepp Paulli and Jon Webb the once in the Vic,unfortunately not to speak to
Well thanks again for the info cheers ian
happy xmas and new year

canberra
22-12-2008, 21:10
Welcome to the site. As for caravans on runways I had the delights of being a runway controller at Cranwell and Barkston Heath. Good thing about the job was it kept me away from the tower and all the bullshit jobs that our Flight Sergeant used to dish out!

ianbache
22-12-2008, 22:31
HI ALL
I think i need to stop the confusion , the caravan i refer to is a holiday home ,just of the approach to RWY 17/35 south to north, at Dyffryn Ardudwy ,but wished it was at the threshold of the RWY , hopefully pictures to come , i have plenty on normal film ,trying to transfer them to diigital format to post ,if successful there is inside shots of the hanger , that housed the hawk, canberra etc ,and the fire section before the change of face ,from 5 to 6 doors to a one complete all over door , was told by a chap from the air cadets ,it might be the new shed for future UAV S :?: needs confirming
many thanks for the replys

Hawkeye001
01-01-2009, 21:26
welcome !!

mark_pilkington
25-02-2009, 12:24
hello,

My name is Mark Pilkington, I'm an aviation enthusiast and "aviation heritage" activist from Australia.

I'm based in Victoria, and grew up in Werribee near historic Point Cook, and spent my teenage years as one of the first civilian volunteers at the then fledgeling RAAF Museum.

I have been involved in aircraft restorations, volunteer aviation museums, and airfield heritage activities since that time.

I have a private long term restoration project to restore a CAC Wackett Trainer to flight, am the current Secretary and webmaster of the Australian Aircraft Restoration Group, operators of the Australian National Aviation Museum, Australia's oldest and largest volunteer aviation museum at Moorabbin, http://www.aarg.com.au

I was the secretary of the Point Cook Airfield Preservation Action Group from 1998 to 2007, the Action Group was an umbrella lobby group of aviation and heritage groups including the National Trust, who played a significant role in having Point Cook removed from sale and housing redevelopment, and retained in Government ownership.

The Action Group achievements included raising an 11,000 signiture petition to the Federal Parliament (a significant petition size in Australian terms), participation in the Federal Senate Inquiry into the Disposal of Defence land, involvement in the Point Cook Steering Committee and direct negotiations with Federal Ministers in late 2003 to achieve the February 2004 announcement of withdrawal of sale, and retention in Government hands. The Action Group also nominated Point Cook onto the National Heritage Listing in 2004, which was awarded in 2007.

Since that time I have been actively involved in Heritage registrations of Australia's last USAAC Butler Hangar, the Werribee WW2 Satellite Airfield and wooden Teco Hangars and the Heritage listing of the Wartime EATS program airfield at Ballarat (No. 1 WAGS).

I am currently involved with local and state government planning of the 2010 Centenaries of Aviation in Australia which will commemorate the first sustained powered flights by Houdini in March 1910, and the first flight of an Australian designed and built aircraft by Duigan in July 1910, and the lobbying for improved site markers, signage and an Aviation Heritage Trail.

I hope that explains who I am and my interests?


regards

Mark Pilkington

Hawkeye001
25-02-2009, 13:10
Welcome to AIX

dangerousdave
25-02-2009, 18:34
Gday mate!

Richard Flagg
25-02-2009, 23:43
Hi Mark and great to have you on the forum. The are one or two other of your fellow countrymen on here as well.

I'd be interested to see some photos of the Butler hangar and Teco hangar you mention. Perhaps you could keep us all up to date with the aviation trail as well.

If fact, feel free to post what you like up on the forum - just don't talk about the cricket!!!!!!!

Essex Girl
26-02-2009, 20:15
Hi everyone!

My attention was drawn to this site by some of my new colleagues here in Cornwall. I have always been very interested in aviation history (more so than your average 28 yo female, I guess :lol: ), and seeing as I intend to stay where I am for some time, I thought I'd give this fascinating site a whirl.

I look forward to exploring it more in due course! :)

Hawkeye001
26-02-2009, 20:19
Hello and welcome to the AIX forum.

If you need any help with anything please dont hestitate to ask.

Regards,

HawkEye001

Essex Girl
26-02-2009, 20:42
Thank you!

Paul Francis
26-02-2009, 20:50
Hi Essex / Cornwall Girl (your very welcome here at AiX). A few of us are off to Cornwall for a couple of days, we have our passports at the ready and are looking forward to it, staying at Newquay, going to St Mawgan, St Merryn, St Evil (i mean Eval), Portreath and anything else we can fit into the 48 hours.

Arcade Al
26-02-2009, 21:03
Hi and welcome to AIX :)

PNK
26-02-2009, 21:16
Welcome. Cricket? We have one under the hearth.

PNK
26-02-2009, 21:21
Welcome to the forum.

Arcade Al
26-02-2009, 21:31
Welcome!

EGDGZTCW
26-02-2009, 21:40
Welcome Essex Girl ! :)

Hornchurch
05-03-2009, 08:23
Hi everyone!

My attention was drawn to this site by some of my new colleagues here in Cornwall. I have always been very interested in aviation history (more so than your average 28 yo female, I guess :lol: ), and seeing as I intend to stay where I am for some time, I thought I'd give this fascinating site a whirl.

I look forward to exploring it more in due course! :)`


Hi Essex-Girl,

What a welcome change to get a Lass that's actually keen on Aviation !

Hope you find loads on here to keep you busy, both viewing & posting ?


What part of Essex are ya from, originally ????????

I'm from Essex too !

(Romford, originally, but moved up here with the family, 125 miles North, to 'carrot-cruncher' land, just 5 years ago !)

Daveg4otu
05-03-2009, 09:22
Welcome - from across the Tamar.

mawganmad
05-03-2009, 22:51
Nice to meet you on Tues afternoon, thanks for your patience with us in the VCR. Just have to mind Shep now, the 'Arthur Daley' of the controlling world!

AVTUR/FSII
05-03-2009, 22:55
Hi from another Cornwall noob :)

Essex Girl
09-03-2009, 23:21
It was nice to meet you too mawganmad - and the rest of you, of course!

Canberra Man
10-03-2009, 13:54
Hi.
Had to join this forum, coming from Bomber County itself! Used to watch the Lancasters forming up over Grimsby. NS came in 1948, I wanted the RAF but they werent taking any, ended up in the Royal Artillery. After demob, I couldn't settle and joined the RAF. Trained as electrical mech(air) and joined 617 Squadron at Binbrook. It breaks my heart to see whats been done to it, it was a very happy camp. Worked on Lincolns for a year and then we got the beautiful Canberra B2, then the B6 which we took to Malaya on a six month detachment. Back in civvy street, I joined Air Cadets in 1970 and stayed 30 years. Received the Cadet Forces Long Service Medal and Bar and the Commandants Commendation. Still aviation, refurbish cockpits at the Dumfries Aviation Museum, at present working on a Wessex helibird. The museum is on the site of the old RAF Dumfries airfield, we have the old control tower as a museum. Now at 78, slowing down a little, help my wife breeding miniature poodles and do a bit of caravanning.

Ken

Essex Girl
10-03-2009, 14:00
Oops, missed Hornchurch's question before.... I'm from Leigh on Sea.

Arcade Al
10-03-2009, 14:00
Hi Ken.
Welcome to AIX
:)

Hawkeye001
10-03-2009, 15:08
Welcome to AIX !!!

dangerousdave
10-03-2009, 16:38
Oh hello..........................a female into aviation what a refreshing change.lol

mawganmad
10-03-2009, 17:14
Hi Ken, and welcome.
I think I might know you from the fledgling Canberra forum?!

canberra
11-03-2009, 19:58
Yes welcome to Canberra Man from Canberra. And a memeber of the site (maybe more than one?) is an ex Wessex loadmaster.

Essex Girl
12-03-2009, 02:39
Aviation is my livelihood and a passion. There's nothing like the smell of avtur in the morning! :wink:
I find there is so much aesthetically pleasing about watching the colours of a sunrise and/or sunset glinting off an aircraft landing, or indeed taking off. And I get the best view, to boot! :D

I know I am very lucky to do what I do, and I couldn't swap it for anything else in the world - despite the day we had today! :lol:

dangerousdave
12-03-2009, 17:15
So do you fly for a living then?

Essex Girl
13-03-2009, 12:56
Nope, I'm an air traffic controller. It's excellent fun!

Hornchurch
31-03-2009, 05:33
Oops, missed Hornchurch's question before.... I'm from Leigh on Sea.`

Ahh, a 'Sarfend' babe, eh ? :lol:

More fun doing ATC than 'dicing-it' with the Chav's from Canvey down the A.13 :lol:

So, do we get to hear about "the day we had today" ?

Beech King Air with a missing door ?

'Greenham-common' types at the Peri-fence ? :lol: :?
:lol: :lol:

philbasildon
31-03-2009, 14:10
These Essex girls get everywhere, I'm an Essex boy and I'm still in Essex!

Essex Girl
15-04-2009, 11:15
More fun doing ATC than 'dicing-it' with the Chav's from Canvey down the A.13

You bet, but they still stray down here from time to time to try out the A30 :?

mitrovitchp
15-04-2009, 12:37
I'm from Leigh on Sea.

Is that near Sarf Woodham Ferrers? You've moved 'down there', I've got relatives who've moved from 'down there' up to South Woodham Ferrers, and I'm in between and can't wait to get back 'down there'. Funny old World eh!
I hope you are enjoying Cornwall.

dave
21-04-2009, 20:46
Hello all, let me start at the begining. I was born in Woodstock Ave, Harold Park, Romford , Essex, and my parents house backs onto fields that were once Maylands Airfield, owned by an Edward Hillman. Hillman moved to a new field at Stapleford Abbotts in about 1932 when he ran out of space at maylands. Fast forward to the Battle of Britain and we find a Hurricane Pilot (Pattullo) trying to land his troubled plane on the disused Maylands airfield but it has had anti invasion stakes driven into the flying area to deter use by the Germans and so he opts to try and land on the A12 road. On touch down the plane veers off of the road and crashes into a house two doors from the bottom of Woodstock Ave. Some of the older residents remember the pilot being lifted from the wreckage but he died at Oldchurch Hospital in Romford. There is a memorial plaque to him on the front of the repaired house. Maylands airfield, although disused received the attention of the Luftwaffe and the small civil hanger and other buildings were destroyed and the fields around and about cratered. These fields were where I played as a boy and the airfield bug got me at a young age!

Denis
21-04-2009, 21:01
Welcome Dave :)

Hawkeye001
21-04-2009, 21:04
Welcome to AIX !!!

Arcade Al
21-04-2009, 23:15
Welcome to the forum
:)

PNK
22-04-2009, 20:26
History on your doorstep!

Welcome to the forum.

ww2nut
22-04-2009, 20:36
so excited can not contain myself, just discovered your site, i have been a member of derelict places and 24dl for ages and but always been fanatical about ww2 airfields, i don't book a holiday in the uk unless it is near or ON an airfield, i have thousands of pics to share and cant wait to get posting, nice to meet you all! please have a gander at my website www.walesatwar.bravehost.com (http://www.walesatwar.bravehost.com) loads of pics of welsh ww2 airfields. :)

Hawkeye001
22-04-2009, 22:35
Welcome to AIX !!!

Arcade Al
23-04-2009, 00:43
Hello and welcome to the forum.
:)

Richard Flagg
24-04-2009, 08:23
Welcome to AiX ww2nut - I think we have exchanged emails in the past and it is great to have you onboard. Look forward to seeing some of your posts and photos.

Richard Flagg
24-04-2009, 08:26
Dave

welcome to the forum, I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to seeing your posts.

I have photographed the memorial you mention, picture here; http://www.airfields.fotopic.net/haroldpark

MikeH
26-04-2009, 11:37
Hi folks,

My name's Mike and I live in the centre of Norfolk near Swanton Morley. I have been researching the 466th Bomb Group that flew from Attlebridge for some 15 years now.

Glad I have found this site. A real gold mine of information.

Mike

Hawkeye001
26-04-2009, 11:43
Welcome to AIX Mike.

Hope you enjoy it !!!


HawkEye001

PNK
26-04-2009, 13:27
Welcome to the forum Mike.

I assume you already use Norfolk's E-Map Explorer with its 1940's aerial photos?

MikeH
26-04-2009, 18:13
Many thanks for the welcome guys - much appreciated.

Yes, I have used E-Map Explorer during the course of my research. it's an excellent tool.

Mike

Arcade Al
26-04-2009, 19:31
Hello Mike, welcome
:)

Richard Flagg
26-04-2009, 21:48
Hi Mike

good to see another local on the forum! I'm just over the border though near Eye!

Hope you enjoy the forum and I look forward to seeing you posts.

I have a few photos of Attlebridge and Swanton Morley on my website you may have seen already;
http://www.airfields.fotopic.net/

Black Shuck.
29-04-2009, 17:25
Hello Everybody, I am Black Shuck from deepest Darkest Norfolk. I am very interested in the American Airfields that are very prevalent in my neck of the woods. Also Fighter Command like R.A.F West Raynham, not a million miles from me. Hope to hear from any of you who have a similar interest or info about the Flixton Buckeroos. Cheers. :)

dangerousdave
29-04-2009, 18:15
Hiya!

ww2nut
29-04-2009, 18:42
this site is addictive you will love it! welcome and happy hunting

Black Shuck.
29-04-2009, 19:18
this site is addictive you will love it! welcome and happy hunting
Yes I can well believe it mate! I have just been on a section with at least ten airfields from the Norfolk area! Was having a grand old time!

Hawkeye001
29-04-2009, 19:54
Welcome to AIX !!!

Arcade Al
30-04-2009, 01:26
Welcome to the forum
:)

Cornishpete
30-04-2009, 03:01
Welcome Black Shuck! I'm a Brit who emigrated to the USA in '92 and have only been on this forum for a couple of months. I have little knowledge of the finer details of airfields unlike some on here who can not only tell you how many bricks went into building a 'C-type hangar' but can probably tell you the exact width of an NCO's latrine on an expansion era class A airfield!
My only contributions are limited to little bits of trivia and anecdotes culled from 70 years of life that started before war was declared (that's WW2!), a few years in the Air training Corps 1225 squadron while I was at St Austell Grammar school in Cornwall and a few opportunities to have flights in aircraft types that not many will experience now. Lancaster, Shackletons MK 1 and 2, Anson, Hastings, Chipmunk, Cherokee, Twin Otter seaplane, lots of commercial jets and a Pitts Special (including inverted flight-Wow!). Oh yeh, and a Link trainer at St Eval which of course never left the ground! Not too shabby really for someone who turned down a commission in the RAF in 1959 which I later regretted and was not required to do my two years National Service as I was still at college and NS ended in 1960.

CDP
30-04-2009, 19:43
Hello Black Shuck! Welcome to the forums. We hope there's something on here which you will find of interest and useful. Feel free to post away - any question and so on, someone will have what you're looking for.

Being a "newbie" isn't a problem - no-one on here vilifies or has a go at people who post questions so dig in! It's a community of interest and everyone is very friendly.

Cheers,

Chris

Black Shuck.
01-05-2009, 12:14
Thanks for the great welcome everyone!. I do not profess to know everything about airfields but I am extremely interested in the East Anglian connection during the Second World War especially from a Norfolk point of view. I am most intersted in the American 8th and the many B24 Airfields around my home, and recognise what a massive sacrifice the brave Airmen made for the good of our country. Does anyone know whether there were many Liberator missions from any of the Norfolk airfields like R.A.F Flixton or Matlaske, West Raynham etc..... :D

Richard Flagg
01-05-2009, 13:33
Welcome Black Shuck.

Matlaske was a figher airfield (http://www.airfields.fotopic.net/matlaske) mainly RAF
West Raynham was RAF (http://www.airfields.fotopic.net/westraynham)
Flixton was officially known as Bungay (http://www.airfields.fotopic.net/bungay) though I don't know how many missions were flown from there

Anyway, from one East Anglian to another - hope you enjoy the forum

PNK
01-05-2009, 14:51
Welcome to the forum.

B-24 Missions would have been numerous. If you go to this website http://www.446bg.com/missions.html you can read about the missions of the 446th Bomb Group ("Bungay Buckaroos") who were based at Bungay(Flixton) from 1943 to 1945.

bvs
03-05-2009, 07:23
Hi All
I have occasionally popped in here to look at threads before but never got round to joining.
I am an ex RAF (1970-83) aircraft technician,still work on a/c and have always had an interest in airfields (esp minor ones)
Since having to change jobs approx 9 yrs ago I have not had the time/energy to walk airfields like I used to,but if I drive anywhere I usually find an excuse to at least 'drive by'

regards B

CDP
03-05-2009, 09:14
Hello BVS - Welcome to AiX!

Hope you enjoy the forums and find them useful. Look forward to seeing you around.

Chris

PNK
03-05-2009, 10:41
Welcome to the forum.

You should do what I do and let other people do the exploring :)

bvs
03-05-2009, 11:04
Welcome to the forum.

You should do what I do and let other people do the exploring :)

Thanks for the welcome guys :D
I dont do as much walking about these days,so in effect I do

regards B

Hawkeye001
03-05-2009, 21:18
Welcome to AIX !!!

Arcade Al
04-05-2009, 00:08
Welcome to the forum!
:)

Essex Girl
05-05-2009, 00:30
I occasionally get a little homesick for Essex, but I would never swap Cornwall to go back....

I'd love to post piccies from time to time, I've tried but I can't make it work. Too big, or something. Does that mean I need photoshop? Help!!

Essex Girl
05-05-2009, 00:36
ww2nut,

I used to work at Swansea (formerly Fairwood Common) and heard rumours of a sealed WW2 Ops room beneath the terminal building there. I was even told a probable entrance site. Rumour had it that on conclusion of WW2, all personnel vacated the room the entrance of which was promptly bricked up.

Have you heard anything more than that?

mawganmad
05-05-2009, 10:50
Hi EG (see what I did there!), you need to upload you pics to photobucket. This site will host your pics for free and automatically resize then for posting on forums. Once the pics are loaded you select the one you want to post by highlighting a drop down box and clicking copy. You then go to your post here and right click and select paste, pic should then appear when you post.
Windy should be able to talk you through it.

Essex Girl
05-05-2009, 11:32
Hmmmm, I have tried that.... I don't have any issues posting pics on any other forum.





Confuddled of Cornwall :roll:

berkeley pittaway
06-05-2009, 22:29
Hi everybody
My name is Berkeley Pittaway. I am a member of the Norfolk Gliding Club and a glider pilot. The club owns and operates the WW2 airfield at Tibenham as an active airfield. The airfield is 65 years old and is getting difficult to maintain the drainage system. I have been trying to get plans of the drainage layout. I have tried the RAF museum who have some airfield plans but they do not show any drainage layouts. Has anybody got any ideas to help us.
Barkers

Hawkeye001
06-05-2009, 22:47
Welcome to AIX !!!

If you would like to contact NorwishPaul i think he may be able to help you in some way.

HawkEye001

Richard Flagg
06-05-2009, 22:53
Hi Berkeley

Welcome along to the forum, I know Tibenham well, it is one of my local airfields and I flew out and in there on Sunday with Larry (before he got himself locked in the fuel building!!!)

I Don't know much about the drainage layout at Tibenham I am afraid. Apart from the RAFM, have you contacted the local council, Norfolk county council or even whoever built the airfield in the war?

Richard Flagg
06-05-2009, 22:58
You can attach images to posts now, I have not tried myself and am away this week - will look into it next week when I'm back!!

Arcade Al
06-05-2009, 23:36
Welcome to the forum
:)

TommyUSA
07-05-2009, 01:05
Hi everybody
My name is Berkeley Pittaway. I am a member of the Norfolk Gliding Club and a glider pilot. The club owns and operates the WW2 airfield at Tibenham as an active airfield. The airfield is 65 years old and is getting difficult to maintain the drainage system. I have been trying to get plans of the drainage layout. I have tried the RAF museum who have some airfield plans but they do not show any drainage layouts. Has anybody got any ideas to help us.
Barkers

Ask your local farmers - they're usually up on the drainage sitch.

Also, on the Google Earth photograph of Tibenham, there's an airfield in flight! It's just west of Channonz Hall. The aircraft is near the intersection of the E/W and SW/NE runways and its shadow is on the edge of the E/W runway. Or:

Aircraft coords: 52 deg 27' 11.88"N - 1 deg 09' 16.10"E
Shadow: 52 deg 27' 15.23" N - 1 deg 09' 23.84" E

TommyU

Timbo
07-05-2009, 04:11
Hi all,

I'm Tim, 36 years old of which over 19 has been serving in Her Majesties finest as an Assistant Air Traffic Controller. I've served all over the UK and my interest in military history is primarily aimed at lost airfields.

When I was a fresh faced 17 year old based at Kinloss, I went for a long bike ride with a friend and after a while we found ourself on a strip of concrete that to my eyes looked like a taxiway. After getting back and asking a few questions, I discovered that we'd found RAF Forres, an airfield within spitting distance of Kinloss that was used during the war. It was now used as a caravan park. It was this that sparked my keen interest in airfield archeology.

Too much is said about the Squadrons, or the Aircraft of the RAF and very little about the airfields that these aircraft flew from. In my mind, the airfields are just as important to the history of the UK and it's sad that so many are disappearing.

In my last posting, I was based a Shawbury as an instructor. My wife bought me a book called "Airfields of Shropshire" and I was staggered by the amount of airfields surrounding Shawbury that were now gone. I plotted all of these on an OS map and went hunting, lots of remnants of airfields remained, but none so preserved as RAF High Ercall which still has everything except the runways and air traffic control tower. Being an Royal Air Force Association Liaison Officer I heard many stories from old RAFA gents and ladies about the goings on on these airfields.

Thank you for having this site and thank you for allowing me to join, I am very excited.

Looking forward to speaking lots more to you all.


Timbo.
I'm very excited as you can see

JCB
07-05-2009, 07:27
Timbo - welcome to the show. Your reaction mirrors the reaction of many who join AiX. Look forward to your contribution to the debate (interesting post on Machrihanish).

Arcade Al
07-05-2009, 18:24
Welcome to AIX
:)

PNK
07-05-2009, 20:15
Welcome to the forum.

Forres and nearby Elgin had strange layouts. Grass airfields but in the case of Forres a long string of trach by the river with pans coming of it. Difficult to spot from the air I would imagine.

CDP
07-05-2009, 20:41
Hi Timbo,

Welcome along! See you started the way most of us did - get a book, an OS map and off-a-hunting.

Cheers,

Chris

Hornchurch
08-05-2009, 01:54
Hello Everybody, I am Black Shuck from deepest Darkest Norfolk. I am very interested in the American Airfields that are very prevalent in my neck of the woods. Also Fighter Command like R.A.F West Raynham, not a million miles from me. Hope to hear from any of you who have a similar interest or info about the Flixton Buckeroos. Cheers. :)`


Belated greetings Black Shuck

I'm right near you by the sound of things ! (North-Norfolk)

Until now, I figured Jason was the only other guy on here in the same county as me, so it's good to see the numbers increase

Like you, it's the 8th A.F. bases round here (B.24 2nd Air-Div') that interest me the most,
(esp' my nearest x 2 Wendling & North Pickenham) although I'm also keen on Shipdham & others nearby...

I'm assuming your 'call-sign' is named (either) after the Mythical beast at Blythburgh (church) in Suffolk, or, the song about the same, from the 'Darkness' "Permission To Land" album :lol: ?

avion ancien
08-05-2009, 13:25
Having been to this forum frequently as a visitor, I thought that it was about time that I signed up - and having done so, I thought that it would be most unsociable of me not to pop in here and say hello.

My principal interest is in civil aviation and civil airfields - and the older and more obscure they are, the happier I am. Geographically that lies in those parts of the UK in which I have lived - which means that the thread sections relating to the south, the west midlands and the south-west are most likely to attract my attention - but I am also interested in French civil aviation and airfields, particularly those in the west of France where I live.

At present my research focuses upon civil airfields in Sussex between the wars and in the immediate post-war years, which is why I have opened with a plea for more information about Hastings Pebsham Aerodrome. Hopefully when I have pursued those researches to a point at which I have something interesting to say, I can share the results with those on this forum with a common interest - if there is anyone else whose interests are as obscure and arcane as mine!

Hawkeye001
08-05-2009, 21:52
Welcome to AIX !!!

Arcade Al
08-05-2009, 22:54
Bonjour!
:mrgreen:

hugoj_air
08-05-2009, 23:27
You probably have already visited "Airfield Structure Audit (As Built)" towards the bottom of the forum index. But incase not, do as you may find it of some interest. And welcome to AiX.

Hugo

avion ancien
09-05-2009, 15:19
Thank you for the welcome. Hugo, by way of specific response - no I haven't but it's not for want of trying. Whilst I'm sure that this is in consequence of my technological ineptitude, perhaps you can help me with more specific directions!

hugoj_air
09-05-2009, 21:41
I know the feeling aa. This link should take you directly to the thread (list). viewforum.php?f=31 (http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/viewforum.php?f=31)
If not then look for "Board Index" at the top left on this page, click on that, then scroll down to near the bottom of the list for "Airfield Structure Audit (As Built)". It contains some lists of airstrips/airfields/aerodromes and so on. Obviously if you require more information on any
aviation location anywhere in the UK, Ireland, rest of Europe or indeed the World, please ask
in the General Airfield Discussion section or the relevent section.
By the way my primary interest is with civil light aviation here in Ireland and aviation sites.

Hugo.

avion ancien
09-05-2009, 23:22
Got it! Thank you Hugo. I suspect that the cause of the problem was me looking for it when I was not logged on, with the result that the 'members only' sections were not visible. Ah well, there are many ways to learn!

hugoj_air
09-05-2009, 23:46
Your welcome aa. You might find something of use there. Enjoy and I will see you around the forum.

Hugo.

Canberra Man
13-05-2009, 14:25
Hi Canberra.
Can you put me in contact with any Wessex bods. Apart from a complete instrument panel which I have tidied up, it is empty. We have very few photo's. There is no roof panel and no pilots consol. I know there should be a radio position in the rear fuselage. I am interested in any information I can get.

Ken. Canberra Man. (ex 617 Sqdn)

full_flaps
13-05-2009, 15:46
Hi. My name is Dave Bush and I live south of Bristol in the beautiful Chew Valley area. I am interested in most things related to aviation but, in particular, vintage aircraft. I also particularly enjoy searching out simple farm strips and wandering around on old disused airfields and listening to the ghosts of the past. Hope I can contribute to the forum as well as gleaning information from it.

Richard Flagg
13-05-2009, 15:56
HI Dave

Welcome along, as you can see there is alot of great stuff on the forum and I am sure your contributions will be enjoyed by us all. Look forward to seeing you around

PNK
13-05-2009, 17:36
Welcome to the forum.

Hope you find it useful.

Hawkeye001
13-05-2009, 22:49
Welcome to AIX !!!

dangerousdave
13-05-2009, 23:19
Hiya Dave. Nice username, it reminds me of a girl I used to know. :lol:

Arcade Al
15-05-2009, 16:32
Hiya Dave. Nice username, it reminds me of a girl I used to know. :lol:

:shock:

Anyhoo, welcome from me too!
:)

crashman
16-05-2009, 12:08
Well i have registered today, after looking around on here last night. this is a fantastic site with lots of really helpfull people and lots of great information. :D
Just a bit about me, well i am 29 i live in watton and work in suffolk(civil service) :roll: my main areas of intrest are local airfields, mainly Watton, Shipdham and North Pickenham as i have lived close to all these bases. my big intrests are: all things mighty eighth, wreckology in Norfolk 1939- now and i am also a CI with watton air cadets.
i will be looking for any information on any norfolk crash sites and trying to answer any questions i know the answer to.
Well its great to be on here and speak to you soon.

Daniel

Arcade Al
16-05-2009, 12:11
Hello!
Welcome to AIX.
:)

PNK
16-05-2009, 12:35
Welcome to the forum.

Hawkeye001
16-05-2009, 12:45
Welcome to AIX !!!

hugoj_air
16-05-2009, 13:54
Greetings Daniel and ENJOY. Look forward to your input.

Hugo.

Hornchurch
16-05-2009, 15:47
Yeah, Greetings 'Crashman'/Daniel

Good to see another B.24/2nd.A.D. base enthusiast on-board !

Suprising to see the amount of 'newbies' relatively local to me has tripled in the last few weeks !

Funny you should mention North-Pickenham, as although I've known about the 'Russelheim' incident for some 15 - 18 years now, I've only just (this week) found out that I've got the markings/decal-sheet for the actual B.24 involved (she was a 491st B.G. bird)

Back to current day & the Norfolk contingent of AiX is soaring :lol:

Richard Flagg
17-05-2009, 19:33
Hi Daniel

Welcome to AiX, from another 'local' - I'll be in Watton tomorrow as well!! I am also a CI, but with 231 Sqn at Norwich!

Great to have you on the forum and look forward to seeing your posts

maverik61
22-05-2009, 07:52
Hello'
I'M a new guy who likes aviation airfields of ww1 and 2. esp' perton and tilstock and halfpenny green
biggin hill and tangmare also a Battle of Britan fan.RAF luftwaffe.american aces.relics finds.
terry

dangerousdave
22-05-2009, 07:59
Hiya.

Hawkeye001
22-05-2009, 09:18
Welcome to AIX !!!

Arcade Al
22-05-2009, 10:25
Hello
:)

PNK
22-05-2009, 12:30
Welcome to the forum.

maverik61
23-05-2009, 14:54
Welcome to the forum.
cheers all. thanks.
terry

Essex Girl
26-05-2009, 09:17
Big welcome please for Sussex Boy, recruited by myself and westie last night :D

PNK
26-05-2009, 10:41
Welcome to AiX Sussex Boy.

EGDGZTCW
26-05-2009, 21:19
Even bigger WELCOME Sussex Boy !!

Hawkeye001
26-05-2009, 21:25
Welcome to AIX !!!

Essex Girl
27-05-2009, 18:22
See what you started EGDGZTCW? :o :lol:

Arcade Al
28-05-2009, 00:57
Hello!
:)

Sussex Boy
28-05-2009, 19:11
Hi Folk's

Well how a Sussex Boy got led here by an Essex Girl I'm not sure, but she's a lovely lass. (Also mad :lol: )

I live in Hove, just a short drive away from Shoreham with its wonderful old terminal.

Visited St Eval with Essex Girl and another member from Cumbria (sorry but I've forgotten your name on this forum) on Monday, lovely church, full of history.

Main interest is photograph, of many subjects with a few aviation ones in there.

Cheers

Richard Flagg
29-05-2009, 02:13
Welcome Sussex Boy, I know your area quite well, I grew up in and around the Uckfield area and moved up to Suffolk 18months ago. I also visited St Eval recently, what a lovely church it is as well.

Woody78
30-05-2009, 19:50
My name is Mark Nicholson. My father served with the USAF at numerous installations in the UK (He retired from active duty in 1979 when stationed at RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge and settled in the UK) so I'm a little biased towards former US bases and can remember them as they once were. I currently live in Spilsby, Lincolnshire near the former RAF Stations of East Kirkby and Spilsby both with 'Cold War' connections and whilst I appreciate the historical significance of 'Bomber County', I would be interersted in gaining any information about these two stations in relation to USAF use.
I am amazed and impressed to see so many like minded aviation enthusiasts. Respect to all that moderate and contribute to this site.

Arcade Al
30-05-2009, 20:10
Hello!
Welcome to AIX.
:)

Cornishpete
30-05-2009, 20:22
Welcome!
I guess if it OK for a Yank to settle in England it is only fair that this Limey should make Illinois his home.
I am thinking that perhaps your dad married an English girl and me being an older guy who was born before WW2 I might tell you we were not too happy that you guys stole all our prettiest girls. :lol:

Hawkeye001
31-05-2009, 07:46
Welcome to AIX !!!

PNK
31-05-2009, 10:01
Welcome to the forum.

Woody78
31-05-2009, 12:08
'Cornishpete' does raise some relevant issues about Anglo American relations (over paid, over here etc) and whether they are still applicable today. I know a farmer whose wife 'ran off' with an American serviceman in the mid 50's. His only concern was that they'd want to adopt his prized pig as the pig was worth more and better looking than the wife. My father was actually English who went to the States in search of work in the early 1950's. Long story short, he got caught up in the Korean War and was drafted into the armed forces (USAF). He was convinced that after 'basic training' that he'd be deployed to Korea. As expected he was deployed not to Korea but to RAF Station Chelveston, Huntingdonshire (Northamptonshire today). And the rest of the story is history.


Welcome!
I guess if it OK for a Yank to settle in England it is only fair that this Limey should make Illinois his home.
I am thinking that perhaps your dad married an English girl and me being an older guy who was born before WW2 I might tell you we were not too happy that you guys stole all our prettiest girls. :lol:

Cornishpete
31-05-2009, 12:42
That's interesting Woody. I am guessing he must have taken US citizenship? I came over here at the back end of '92 but chose not to take citizenship and it has been much more fun to be still a Brit as I tease my American friends. They love to tell me how they saved my "sorry butt in WW2" and I respond how we kept the war going for two years to give the greedy buggers time to buy up stock in the aircraft, warship and tank industry and all become millionairs!
I guess that your dad was posted back to Britain so that he could act as interpreter to his unit and explain to them that "the right side of the road is the wrong side, and the left side is the right side!" and that down the pub the GIs should not say out loud "Wow, look at the fanny on that broad!" :lol:

Woody78
31-05-2009, 13:20
'Cornishpete' - Citizenship issues have changed but back then he became a naturalised US citizen. There is some credence in what you suggest about him being posted straight back to the UK to act as interpreter. The build up of US Forces on Brit soil was incredible with relations between East and West getting 'colder'. He was not unique as a Brit in the US Armed Services at that time so quite possibly the suggestion you make would apply. Mistakes were made during WWII reference Anglo American relations resulting in resentment so maybe a few 'local' boys in the US Armed Forces in their country of birth could help. But who are we kidding, there were still issues and resentment about a US presence that still rumbles on to this day. It is interesting to get a different perspective on those issues and that's why this site is unique. There will always be the 'teasing' about who did the most to win the war etc.. but I think we all honour the sacrifice and continued commitment of those who serve in both nations armed forces.


That's interesting Woody. I am guessing he must have taken US citizenship? I came over here at the back end of '92 but chose not to take citizenship and it has been much more fun to be still a Brit as I tease my American friends. They love to tell me how they saved my "sorry butt in WW2" and I respond how we kept the war going for two years to give the greedy buggers time to buy up stock in the aircraft, warship and tank industry and all become millionairs!
I guess that your dad was posted back to Britain so that he could act as interpreter to his unit and explain to them that "the right side of the road is the wrong side, and the left side is the right side!" and that down the pub the GIs should not say out loud "Wow, look at the fanny on that broad!" :lol:

dai1986
01-06-2009, 21:11
Hi my names DAve and i live about 1 mile away from the old RAF witchford site nr Ely

Hawkeye001
01-06-2009, 21:12
Welcome to AIX !!!

Arcade Al
01-06-2009, 23:34
Hello and welcome
:)

rafbentwaters
08-06-2009, 23:40
I am a member of the Bentwaters Cold War Museum & live near Southwold in Suffolk, some of you know me already who have been to Bentwaters. - Graham

Hawkeye001
09-06-2009, 00:15
Welcome to AIX !!!

Richard Flagg
09-06-2009, 10:50
Hi Graham

good to see you on the forum! Look forward to the open day on Sunday, the other Graham has been keeping us all up to date on whats happening, looks to be a good day.

Muscle-Manta
12-06-2009, 16:22
Hi, I'm Paul Holtom. I served in the Royal Navy from 1973 to 1982 as an Aircraft Mechanic. I worked mostly on Helicopters apart from a three year spell on 809 Squadron Buccaneer S mk2s.
I am originally from Nr Ireland I lived very near two ex navy airfields, Maydown and Eglinton. The later is now Derry airport.
I became interested in WW2 aviation due to the old airfield at Maydown which in those days I could ride my bike down the old runway. My Dad told me that when he moved there in 1951 a large heap of old aircraft stood at one end of the old runway...wish I could have seen that, however they were removed when the Du-pont synthetic rubber plant was built there in the 1960s.
In august 1944 a Barracuda aircraft took off from Maydown to return to HMS Pewit in Scotland it crashed shortly after take off not far from the airfield in a pond surrounded by bog and small trees beside a school at Enagh Lough. The crew of three all died. In the 60s I attended this school, stories went about of the crashed aircraft beside the school. I did try and get a look at the crash site when I was around 10 years old (1967) It was very inaccessible no part of the aircraft was visible above the small lake which was surrounded by dense trees, very tall reeds and boggy ground.
In 1971 the aircraft and remains of the crew were recovered. The crew were buried in a church yard in Eglinton. Two of the crew were only 19 years old the other 20.
I was at another school when the recovery took place but got the bus out to Enagh Lough to get a look at what was happening. When I got there the aircraft had just been pulled from the water and there were Police and Army removing the remains and personal effects of the crew I can remember seeing a wrist watch and some coins put into a large plastic bag.
I got to see this aircraft again whilst I was stationed at Yeovilton in 1980, it was still un-restored and kept in a dark blister hanger by the FAA Museum. Since then the nose section of the aircraft has been restored and is on display in the museum.
I have just come back from a trip to Nr Ireland, I paid a visit to the graves of the crew who for 27 years lay at the bottom of a boggy lake in the aircraft in which they flew.
Incidentally whilst over in Nr Ireland my cousin told me of an article in the local paper 'The Derry Journal' about the ghosts of airmen appearing to canteen workers in an old wartime building at Derry airport.... spooky!!
Hope you find the above of interest.

My other interest is my V8 Manta A series. Hope you like it.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l88/paul0303/Familyphotos014.jpg

Regards, Paul

PNK
12-06-2009, 20:31
Welcome to the forum Paul.
Maydown must have been one of the first airfields in Northern Ireland to dissapear.
It seems strange to think that the Barracuda was left the all that time with people knowing it was there. It must have been more awkward to recover that it sounds.

Hope you enjoy the forum.

Peter

hugoj_air
12-06-2009, 20:49
Hi Paul,

I'm not too far from your home area, 15 miles N of Letterkenny. You can see my interest at the bottom of my post's.
Welcome to the forum. Looking forward to seeing your input.

Hugo.

Muscle-Manta
12-06-2009, 20:57
Hi Paul,

I'm not too far from your home area, 15 miles N of Letterkenny. You can see my interest at the bottom of my post's.
Welcome to the forum. Looking forward to seeing your input.

Hugo.
Hi Hugo,
I have heard there was a ww1 airfield at Muff, co Donagal. Have you any info on this?

Paul.

dangerousdave
12-06-2009, 22:39
Incidentally whilst over in Nr Ireland my cousin told me of an article in the local paper 'The Derry Journal' about the ghosts of airmen appearing to canteen workers in an old wartime building at Derry airport.... spooky!!
Regards, Paul.

Hey I'll investigate there if they really want it doing.

hugoj_air
13-06-2009, 19:26
Hi Paul,

I dont have a site at Muff itself. The closest I have is the Aught
Point/Lough Foyle USN Flying boat station (1918) which is 5.5k/
3.5 miles NE of Muff. Would this be the location you mean. I can
mail you details to if you wish. Or you could wait a week or so as
I'm in the process of getting a website up and running for my
database.
PM'ed same message to you

Hugo.

Muscle-Manta
13-06-2009, 22:44
Hi Hugo, Looking forward to the web site. I have no more info other than my cousin telling me he heard there was a WW1 airfield at Muff. Are you Milford way?

Paul.

Hawkeye001
14-06-2009, 13:25
Welcome to AIX !!!

Hawkeye001
15-06-2009, 22:27
I have been a member of this forum for a long time now and might have to think of a name change so if you agree with my new name please let me know.

New name: Mr Welcome !!!

Richard Flagg
15-06-2009, 22:31
I reckon that name suits you Mr Welcome, sorry I meant Hawkeye001!!!!

PNK
15-06-2009, 22:36
I assumed you had some sort of macro that writes them out :)

Years ago I used to sign all the birthday cards at work "Best Wishes, Peter". When it came to my birthday I got a card and everyone had signed it "Best Wishes, Peter"

It's a difficult one when someone joins and posts in the introductions. If I reply I try and add something relating to their introduction but I have recently been leaving it if I have nothing to add.

Arcade Al
16-06-2009, 22:14
Welcome to the forum, Mr Welcome.

:mrgreen:

Muscle-Manta
17-06-2009, 22:50
Welcome to AIX !!!
Thank you Haweye, sorry it took me so long to respond to your welcome!

Granite
18-06-2009, 22:24
My name is Graeme and I now live in Edinburgh. I grew up in Yorkshire and was fascinated at an early age with WW2 related buildings and artefacts. At one point in time we lived in a new house built on the old Clifton/Rawcliffe airfield and found all sorts of bits and bobs in the garden.... mainly spent .303's. My uncle flew in Lancasters during the war, and my research shows he was based at Dalcross, Wymeswold, Castle Donnington, Lindholme, Blyton and then to Elsham Wolds with 103 squadron where he was lost over Berlin, so I'm very interested in those airfields in particular. I do have some photos somewhere that I'll need to scan in of some of the airfileds around York from the early 80's, such as Eastmoor, Wombleton, Cifton, Carnaby, Lissett when I get the chance. I also have a section of the 103 squadron ORB and misc other stuff for the last few months of 1943 if anyone needs any info from that time?

Arcade Al
19-06-2009, 01:23
Hello, welcome to AIX
:)

PNK
19-06-2009, 01:48
Welcome to the forum Granite. Would love to see your photos once you have scanned them.

Hawkeye001
19-06-2009, 06:52
Hello and welcome to the Airfield Information Exchange.
I hope you have a great time here and that you find all the information you are looking for.

Any problems please do not hesitate to ask.

HawkEye001

( Mr Welcome )

Paul Francis
19-06-2009, 17:01
Absolutly! a very warm welcome!

dangerousdave
20-06-2009, 13:13
Hiya!

Paul Lloyd
18-07-2009, 12:21
Paul Lloyd here, aka Shifter.

I was stationed at RAF West Raynham from 1971 to 1976. I see there is a discusson board here.

Hawkeye001
18-07-2009, 12:22
Welcome to AIX !!!

Hope you enjoy the forum.

HawkEye001

Paul Lloyd
18-07-2009, 12:27
Thank you

PNK
18-07-2009, 12:54
Never got close to West Raynham. Seen the Bloodhounds in the distance (1980's) and the top of the hangars but that's it.
The wife and daughters would not let me stop to take a look!

Anyway, welcome to the forum. Hope you find it interesting.

Paul Lloyd
18-07-2009, 13:29
More than interesting - fascinating

Richard Flagg
18-07-2009, 13:33
My social worker says I'm special

Odd that, mine says the same!!!!

Welcome to the forum, looks like you are finding your way around it already!

Paul Lloyd
18-07-2009, 13:34
I went to Moorabbin back in late March. I went to see the Beaufighter mainly. An impressive aircraft.

Carnaby
18-07-2009, 19:21
My social worker says I'm special
I'm special too - even my school was Approved :wink:

Welcome to the board Shifter

Graham

FTW
19-07-2009, 09:07
Morning All

I'm Frank and I stumbled on to this site recently - most impressed

I'm interested in many aspects of aviation and live in the Scottisn Borders - not too many disused airfields here but there are a couple of interesting ones - Winfield, Millfield & Charterhall

Previously lived up in East Lothian close by East Fortune, Drem & Lennoxlove.

I'm regressing in my interests and currently looking at First World War Airfields in Southern Scotland - such as Penston , Gullane, Raploch and the like and becoming fascinated by lighter than air - but most interetsed in Post WWII - Cold War RAF, RN & USAF

Regards

F

PNK
19-07-2009, 09:51
Welcome to the forum Frank.

Luckily Scotland has the Canmore website that has a lot of aviation related information and photos. We are slighty jealous down south.

Peter

Paul Lloyd
19-07-2009, 11:28
Thanks all, and thank you for the warm welcome

shearwater
23-07-2009, 17:57
Hi All,

Just to introduce myself. I have, like many people here, a lifelong interest in aviation and in particular WWII aircraft and their operational environment, and the men (and women) who flew them. Airfields are an intrinsic part of this - machines too, in their own way.

So, I will probably be asking lots of questions, some dumb, and hopefully some not so dumb, and if I can add any material knowledge to the debates I will gladly do so. (I have a head full of details - some useful, and many useless, but what the heck...) And many years ago I got a PPL and hunted down older aircraft to fly - succeeded sometimes.

Best regards!

shearwater

Paul Francis
23-07-2009, 18:15
Welcome to AiX Shearwater, you can ask as many questions as you like - none are treated as dumb. Thats what this forum is all about, information exchange so fire away and someone on here will do their best find the right answer.

Hawkeye001
23-07-2009, 23:25
Welcome to AIX !!!

We hope you find all you need to know here.

HawkEye001

Arcade Al
23-07-2009, 23:37
Welcome to AIX, Shearwater.
:)

shearwater
24-07-2009, 07:03
Thanks to all for your very kind welcomes! I look forward to meeting you again in the forums.

Cheers,

Dave

Daveg4otu
24-07-2009, 08:28
Welcome Dave ...you'll enjoy it here.

Dave

shearwater
24-07-2009, 18:07
Welcome Dave ...you'll enjoy it here.

Dave

Thanks very much - and thanks for those links. Nice mention of Compton Abbas which I flew from for many years...

Daveg4otu
24-07-2009, 21:44
Compton Abbas

Yes - the place of my first away landing when I aquired my PPL back in the 70s.

D

2211 Squadron
31-07-2009, 15:18
Hi everyone

I am a Civillian Instructor for the Bracknell ATC, thought it would be a good idea to join this group as we have quite a few cadets interested in Airfield history. In August two other C.I's and myself will be taking a group of cadets down to Davidstow Moor for four days all armed with plans and cameras and hopefully by the end of the trip they should be able to visualise what it would have looked back in the 1940's

Dave

contentd
31-07-2009, 15:28
Welcome on board 2211 Squadron - you've signed on at an interesting time and we'd be delighted to see the results of your trip to Davidstow Moor posted here - hope the weather hold up for you!

Perhaps you could do me a small favour while you're down there. If anyone happens to have a decent gps unit with a mark facility to hand I'd be very grateful if you could jot down a few lat/long positions to accompany any individual buildings or features. (preferably decimal format - but D:M:S OK)

Only need a few to play with in a GIS package, but the more the merrier - if it's not possible not to worry.

Cheers
Dave

Richard Flagg
31-07-2009, 16:06
Hi 2211

Good to have another CI onboard, I am with Norwich Sqn though!

Hope you enjoy the forum and good luck at Davidstow Moor

Cheers

typhoons
02-08-2009, 09:50
Hello to everyone, I have been browsing through your excellent forum for some time now and hopefully I may be able to add ,at some point, to the discussions. My main interests are of Lincolnshire airfields but I am starting to travel further afield to see what is out there!!!!! My knowledge of Lincolnshire bases is not too bad so it may come in useful in the future , Thanks, PC.

PNK
02-08-2009, 12:21
Welcome to the forum Typhoons. I have heard there are some airfields still in Lincolnshire :)

Hope you find something of use to you and contribute where you can.

typhoons
03-08-2009, 12:58
Unfortunately they seem to be taking more and more up , I think the price of an acre of wheat/ taties / rape is worth more than a piece of redundant concrete:(, such a shame though!!! As long as there are a dedicated few that are willing to chronicle whats left, we can keep memories alive !! Thanks for the welcome. PC.

ww2nut
03-08-2009, 14:15
welcome to the forum happy hunting

Hawkeye001
03-08-2009, 20:48
Hello and welcome to AIX!!!

I also live in Lincolnshire so if you would like to meet up sometime to take some pictures then feel free to get in touch.

Regards,

HawkEye001

typhoons
04-08-2009, 06:36
Thanks for the welcome, hope to get out and about soon maybe meet up photos and events as and when they arise Thanks, PC. :-D

Phill
05-08-2009, 23:57
Hello all

I'm a Newbie that has just discovered this forum.

My particular interest Wick airport (EGPC) (RAF WICK) and its history from pre war, through WWII and to present day.

I have some info and also found lots in the tinterweb but still searching for more, my grand plan is to put all I find into one website.

Any help and info greatly appreciated.

Cheers
Phill

Hawkeye001
06-08-2009, 00:13
Hello and welcome to AIX !!!

Hope you find all the information you need.


Regards,

HawkEye001:D

2211 Squadron
06-08-2009, 06:09
Well hope the weather is better down Davidstow than here in bracknell ( raining at the moment):(


minibus is packed ready to leave to start our five day reseach trip to RAF Davidstow, hop e to be down there mid afternoon

Richard Flagg
06-08-2009, 21:12
Hi Phill

Welcome to the forum! I see you have found the Wick thread already! Hopefully we can all help with your research on Wick and please keep us up to date on the website.

Cheers

Denis
06-08-2009, 21:19
Any help we can offer for the website, dont hesitate to ask :)..Oh, and welcome!

GrahamSimons
07-08-2009, 12:53
Hi everyone

Just to introduce myself, I am the publisher of the Airfield Focus series of booklets that have been going for some time now. Over the years we have promoted the ARG - in fact through John Hamlin we have offered to publish any UK airfield histories any members have tried - but failed - to get in print with other publishers.

We've done over 80 already and we're always on the lookout for anyone that wants to get their particular airfield history into print - you need not have written before!

Graham M Simons

AiXAdmin
07-08-2009, 14:11
Hello Graham..

Really great to have you on board..

I`m sure I`m not the only one here familiar with your aviation publishing work and am looking forward to some interesting posts.

Cheers
Dave

PJH
07-08-2009, 15:16
Welcome Graham from another loyal customer. I'm just about to post an order for the new Blackbushe book some keep 'em coming.

Peter

Richard Flagg
07-08-2009, 17:33
Hi Graham

welcome along to AiX from another who has a few of your books. The airfield focus series is great, if only I'd got the money to complete my set (only about another 60 to go!!)

PNK
07-08-2009, 22:03
Seems a long time ago since Duxford first came out.
Welcome to the forum.

Magickpyggie
09-08-2009, 12:09
Gentlemen,
I'm sorry it has taken so long to respond, but have been very busy doing research and was invited to Museum of Flight on the Centenary of Powered flight in Scotland, but event was cancelled. Prepared a talk on the First Scotsmen to fly and you may find it of interest as it has some interesting airfield information and pictures and a map of Hendon around 1911-12 showing the hangers.

The presentation is on Slideshare and can be accessed at the following:

http://www.slideshare.net/magickpyggie/william-hugh-ewen-scottish-aviation-pioneer?from=email&type=share_slideshow&subtype=slideshow

All comments very welcome.

Very bests

John Terry

mpb0277
09-08-2009, 12:21
Hi everyone,

Just realised i never posted when i originally registered! A few of you know me - Chris and Noel for about 4 years or so and quite a few others too, Richard, Jason, Jerry and Simon T to name but a few. Been on a few field trips with other members - Hemswell, Scampton and Newton.


Moved to Lincolnshire in 2004 and spent a couple of years trawling around before family and work committments curtailed that - spend a lot of time outside the uk. Currently working in the middle east again, but have always kept a keen eye on whats happening in the world of AiX.

Mark B

contentd
09-08-2009, 13:25
Thanks for posting John! You've done a great job on this.

And by sheer coincidence "your" research was briefly the topic of debate at a meeting yesterday at Tollerton of the nascent AiX/ARG Digital group.

Delegates were invited to examine certain specimen items and comment on their "place" for posterity in the wider aviation hertitage environment. The CD you sent me some ago was one of those items.

The above discussion was in the context of the role of independent researchers and the fragility of their Web based and digital media in the very long term.

(I'm the aviation ads bloke)

Cheers
Dave

Smoggieboy
09-08-2009, 21:06
Hi just joined, ex RAF AATC, now doing same but as a civvie at a major heli base in Shropshire ! Been interested in this ever since can remember old RAF airfield near my parents(long since built on).

This is a fantastic site, keep up the great work.

contentd
10-08-2009, 00:38
Hello Smoggieboy (great name by the way - is there a story?)

You're very welcome to AiX. - post often and join in the fun.

Cheers
Dave

Farnboroughrob
10-08-2009, 08:50
Welcome Graham from another loyal customer. I'm just about to post an order for the new Blackbushe book some keep 'em coming.

PeterThants good news my Mrs is already planning what to do with the money from the Blackbushe book so keep buying them!
I must say that working with Graham has been totally hassle free, so dont keep those historys, you have been researching for years , at home gathering dust, get em published!

EGDGZTCW
10-08-2009, 09:01
Hello Smogieboy....welcome !!
I'm an ex crab assistant too, recently returned to the trade as a civvie at Cornwall's newest airport....there is one or two of us around on this forum...enjoy! :D

Smoggieboy
10-08-2009, 10:38
From Teesside hence the smog !!

VC10
10-08-2009, 20:28
In finest Blue Peter style!

Hi, I joined the site today after it being brought to my attention by REF.

My name is Paul and I live in Guildford, as a teenager I live in a place called Send which was on the Wisley circuit. Almost daily we had BAC One-Eleven G-AYSD flying overhead at 700Ft. I didn't appreciate the noise at the time, but I would love to hear it again now. My primary airfield interest is the history of Wisley But I have a passing interest on others.

I am a Licensed Aircraft Engineer by trade and hold or have held certification privileges on One-Elevens, B747 Classic & 400, B757, DC10, Airbus A300, 310,320/21, & A343/6. I'm office based these days by they let me out occasionally to work outstations and taxi 747 & A340's.

My other interests are British steam locomotives, post war British aviation & US space-flight up to the end of the Apollo program.

I did hold a PPL until the wife & kids came along.

Well I think that is me done.

Paul

I should have added I have a small Wisley site that I inherited from the guy who set it up as a MSN group

http://wisleyairfield.multiply.com/

contentd
10-08-2009, 20:39
Ah - 1-11's and Speys.. don`t you just love them! -

Simple devices designed to convert avtur into noise and smoke.

PNK
10-08-2009, 20:54
What happened to the Hush Kits then?

Welcome to the forum by the way.

Richard Flagg
10-08-2009, 21:00
Hi Paul

Good to see you on the forum, I hope you find it interesting. You've probably found the Wisley thread already! Look forward to seeing your posts.

Cheers

airfields man
10-08-2009, 22:01
Hi Paul, another Paul here. I see that you are from Guildford. Would you know anything about a Halifax crash-site memorial at Worplesdon?? I first learned of this from Flypast magazine about 1988. I've searched for it on two occasions but no-one seems to know a thing about it !! Crashed near to the church one chap told me, but hadn't heard of any memorial..... Any information would be grateful.

VC10
10-08-2009, 23:10
Thanks for the welcome all.


I see that you are from Guildford. Would you know anything about a Halifax crash-site memorial at Worplesdon??

Well this is the first I've heard of it. I'll ask a friend who is into local aviation history about it.

EDIT-
Not really the place but I don't where else to post it

http://i916.photobucket.com/albums/ad2/VC101103/L9489.jpg
Photo by David Rose

The Memorial is on the 14th green of Merrist Wood Golf course. It was formally unveiled in March 1997

airfields man
11-08-2009, 21:15
Hi VC10, That was very quick !! Many thanks for the information, next chance I get to visit the area hopefully i'll take some photographs of this long sought after memorial. Thanks.

Richard Flagg
11-08-2009, 22:02
Hi Paul, hope you don't mind but I have copied your photo of the memorial and posted it in the Memorials part of the forum here;
http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?p=29091#post29091

VC10
12-08-2009, 16:12
That was very quick !!

The friend I asked, not the photographer, knew all about it pointed the story & photo was in a book I already had!


hope you don't mind
No problem, I saw the forum for the listing of memorials but missed the one for Memorial photographs

Co1one1Bogey
16-08-2009, 22:51
Hello to all, and I hope my title does not make anyone cringe LOL. I am an American who was smart enough to marry a fantastic British lady and come to England to live. I am a former USAF staff sergeant with 11 years of active service, so Air Force, be it American or British, is near and dear to my heart. I am in love with the Spitfire Mk1, and no other plane will ever turn my head. :-D I love history, mostly ancient, but also will from time to time explore modern history as well. I have written 76 poems, and am working on five novels (none actively at the moment), I am also working on getting into a one year course of study to qualify me to teach English at the secondary school level, with my sights trained on becoming a headmaster as soon as I can after some teaching experience under my belt. If you want to know more, ask me! 8-)

PNK
16-08-2009, 23:40
Welcome to the forum

Met a couple of Staff Sergeants from Lakenheath. They were going out with my sister at the time, though not at the same time :)
I even got a pass to go on base from one of them.
The first one was a great guy but my sister didn't want to get married at the time, dammit!
The second was okay but he finished his tour and went back home leaving my sister pregnant. Not an uncommon story but in our case she didn't mind, neither did mum or dad as long as they got grandchildren!
That was almost 20years ago! Miss the F-111s though.

contentd
16-08-2009, 23:52
Welcome on board... occasionally used to get a taxi to the mess at Alconbury after the Wyton bar shut down for the night... Great Burgers - happy days. (I seem to remember)


http://www.aviationancestry.com/Aircraft/Supermarine/Supermarine-Spitfire-1937-1.jpg

nicks
18-08-2009, 21:13
Hi

Thanks to REF for pointing me to this site.

I am interested in all things to do with WW2 aviation therefore hopefully I will learn from this site and hopefully give something back as well.

Regards,

Nick

Richard Flagg
18-08-2009, 21:17
Hi Nick

Good to see you! Hopefully we can all help out with your research, look forward to seeing some of yourposts too!

Cheers

cooleyn
25-08-2009, 16:02
Hello to everyone on this excellent forum.

My main involvement in all this was as the founder and (if I am allowed to be so modest) the designer of the RAF Banff Strike Wing Memorial.

I still have a lot of the original info regarding the airfield and the project to build the memorial there all those years ago. If any members want any specific info about the memorial project, etc, please just ask.

I have recently finished my first book "Luftwaffe over Scotland" subtitled "A history of German air attacks on Scotland, 1939-1945" which is due for publication in spring 2010 by Whittles.

I am now getting stuck into research for my next book, tentatively titled "Scottish Wartime Airfields and Operations, 1939-1945" and this forum will I hope, be a lot of help in getting to grips with this subject.

I look forward to contributing, and if there is any "on site" info you need from my North-East corner of Scotland, I'd be happy to oblige.

regards
Les

PJH
25-08-2009, 18:17
Welcome to the forum - I'm sure you'll find much of interest on here and a ready pool of experts to help you with your researches.

I've seen photos of the Banff memorial and very impressive it is too - well done. There's a memorial section on the forum where you might like to post a picture or two.

As your part of the world is relatively remote there's not as much material on here as with certain other areas such as East Anglia for example, but for me this makes it all the more interesting, so please post away!

Peter

PNK
25-08-2009, 20:17
Welcome from someone from the South.

I agree with Peter, there is so much known about the famous airfields that it has become, well, a bit boring. Scotland has it share of famous airfields but there are many that are often forgotton.

The Luftwaffe over Scotlands sounds interesting as this too is often overlooked (along with Belfast).

Enjoy yourself

PETERTHEEATER
26-08-2009, 09:23
Welcome cooleyn

My interest in military airfields of Scotland has grown with satellite image access so I look forward to shows of your area of expertise.

Paul Francis
26-08-2009, 18:23
My main involvement in all this was as the founder and (if I am allowed to be so modest) the designer of the RAF Banff Strike Wing Memorial.

You have our greatest respect already.

Welcome

Paul Francis
26-08-2009, 18:25
Anyone seen Warren? Our official Mr Welcome!

lifeboat1721
28-08-2009, 14:07
Hi folks

I am looking for some info Regarding the North west Mainly Morecambe\Heysham.

Regards
Ian

PNK
28-08-2009, 19:40
Ian,

Welcome to the forum.

You might have to be more specific about the info you are after. We cover a widr range of topics that are avaiation related so I am sure there is something for your area.
If you have already posted specific questions elsewhere then ignore this :)

50sqnwop/ag
29-08-2009, 18:52
evening all,
i'm a fan of all things aeronautical related, past n present.
have been reconoitering the forum for a while and have been pursuaded to sign up by a Mr REF ;-) having met said person at Upwood n a certain P Bellamy.

M

Richard Flagg
30-08-2009, 00:14
Great to see you've joined us on here now!!! It was a good weekend at Upwood!

Look forward to seeing your posts too!!

neil1972
31-08-2009, 09:37
Hi

I've just registered on this fascinating forum, i've not been to many airfields in my time but i recently visited Swinderby for the antiques fair but forgot my camera!

I live in London & have a WWII air raid shelter in my back garden!

Neil

PNK
31-08-2009, 09:56
Welcome to the forum. We won't mention forgetting the camera :)

I see many air raid shelters from the train windows on my daily commute. Surprising how mnay are still around, especially Andersons, which you would have thought would have rusted away by now!

Hope you enjoy the forum.

Went to Swinderby and forgot the camera. Hmmm :roll:

neil1972
31-08-2009, 12:01
Here is a picture of the shelter, an unusual brick built shelter with a reinforced concrete roof, part of the original bed frame is still in situ

Swinderby was fascinating as i was there just before demolition but i felt a right prat when i went to reach for the camera.......

neil

PNK
31-08-2009, 15:44
OoH a posh one! A neighbour who adjoined the bottom of our garden use to hav a large brick built one with a blast wall in front. Gret to play in as it was completely empty and very dark.

mark beavan
31-08-2009, 20:44
Just thought I'd pop in here and say "Hello". My interest in disused airfields dates back to a childhood living near one and being educated on the site of one and also many years spent rallying on them. Thought it would be good to try learn a bit more about them.

PNK
31-08-2009, 20:53
Welcome to the forum.

So, apart from living near one, being educated on the site of one and many years spent rallying on them, what have airfields done for you :)

Peter

Blackadder
31-08-2009, 20:59
Welcome to the forum.

So, apart from living near one, being educated on the site of one and many years spent rallying on them, what have airfields done for you :)

Peter

Reminds me of the sketch in 'Life of Brian' What have the Romans ever done for us?!'

Anyway, enjoy the forum Mark, I have added some aerial photos to the Madley topic.

Blackadder

mark beavan
31-08-2009, 21:15
Thanks for the welcome guys. Seems you both have a good sense of humour!

P Bellamy
01-09-2009, 00:42
Hi Matt,

Glad to have you on board. Hope you had a good day at Twinwood.

See you at Victory,
PB

50sqnwop/ag
01-09-2009, 08:49
Eh up Mr B,

Twinners passed the time, always enjoy looking at people on day release:wink:.......
Negative on V show, wifes in cripple mode still. shame as the yanks are meant to be stationary this time i think.....

tally ho!