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ColinBa
04-04-2009, 21:33
The attached link is the history section of the RSV website. It does describe the CW production side and the subsequent disposal of most of our produce. There is a section on FFDs and their demise.
We have lost 10,000 one thousand pound bombs which were manufactured at Randle in the 1950s and would welcome any help in locating them.

http://www.rvsweb.org.uk/ourhistory.htm

Carnaby
05-04-2009, 20:38
This is a well researched and fascinating site.

Graham

ColinBa
18-05-2009, 21:55
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Carnaby
26-06-2009, 19:06
Last Sunday proved to be a great occasion. Present was Sir Eric Driver ( 98 ), the civil engineer responsible for building part of this and other sites during WWII. Lots of photos taken - here are just three.

Building P4 - intended for the production of Pyro mustard gas
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o102/grahamcrisp/Valley8.jpg

Interior of Building R3 - one of two Runcol mustard production buildings. (The other was demolished due to contamination products)
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o102/grahamcrisp/Valley3.jpg

A three-year old (approx) avidly watching the film showing how mustard was produced and loaded into shells for the Army.
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o102/grahamcrisp/Valley1.jpg

Later the film showed 65lb LC bombs being charged with mustard, and transported to RAF Snaith. Here the bombs were fitted into SBCs in the station bomb dump before becoming part of 51 Sqn's Halifax bomb load. Absolutely fascinating stuff - however the three-year old had lost interest by this point so I guess she probably won't become a future member of AiX :(

Graham

CDP
10-10-2009, 11:44
Just a few from Rhydymwyn taken during last week's EH-organised tour.

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_6918.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_6909.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_6893.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_6873.jpg

Chris

CDP
10-10-2009, 12:16
A few more...

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_6932.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_7014.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_7020.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_6993.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm29/222sqn/DSC_6956.jpg

As soon as I lay my hands on a site plan, I can properly identify things!

Chris

ColinBa
12-01-2011, 00:39
We are on Great British Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo tomorrow night Wednesday 12th January on BBC2 at 6:30 pm.
Our new website is at http://ryhdymwynvalleyhistory.co.uk/

Richard Flagg
26-10-2011, 00:32
A few photos that I took in October 2009 at MOS Valley Works. (post one of two)

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/FLINTSHIRE/Rhydymwyn/20091008Rhydymwyn6-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/FLINTSHIRE/Rhydymwyn/20091008Rhydymwyn7-1.jpg

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http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/FLINTSHIRE/Rhydymwyn/20091008Rhydymwyn140-1.jpg

Richard Flagg
26-10-2011, 00:34
(post two of two)

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/FLINTSHIRE/Rhydymwyn/20091008Rhydymwyn161-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/FLINTSHIRE/Rhydymwyn/20091008Rhydymwyn160-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/FLINTSHIRE/Rhydymwyn/20091008Rhydymwyn156-1.jpg

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http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/FLINTSHIRE/Rhydymwyn/20091008Rhydymwyn235-1.jpg

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http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/FLINTSHIRE/Rhydymwyn/20091008Rhydymwyn239-1.jpg

David Thompson
30-05-2012, 22:00
The new edition of Britain At War , June 2012 , has a superb 7 page article about Rhydymwyn in it written by aviation author and forum member Dave Smith and is well worth it's 4-20 cover price ! Well illustrated it covers in full the pre-war concern by the British government about the possible use of chemical weapons by the axis forces and our own response and wartime production and development of these weapons and the choice of this north Wales site due to its close proximity to the ICI plants in Cheshire who produced the mustard gas . The wartime development and expansion of the site is explained in detail and the figures for both the size of the eventual workforce and munitions produced are huge and the latter particularly chilling bearing in mind that the site has not yet been fully declared 'clean' and in most probability never will be ?
Mention is also given to the Rhydymwyn Valley Historical Society and their work on the site and organised guided tours . For more information please see ;
www.ryhdymwynvalleyhistory.co.uk .
Recommended !

Richard Flagg
06-01-2014, 19:48
Article in the Mail Online:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2534498/Inside-Britains-nuclear-chemical-weapons-factory-NOT-discovered-Nazi-intelligence-World-War-Two.html

ColinBa
07-01-2014, 10:26
It is wildly inaccurate but it is the Mail on Line so nothing new there but some of our unique WWII pictures from our website and at least one TNA document are marked copyright Matthew Growcoot/News Dog Mediia-very troubling

Arcade Al
23-01-2014, 13:20
It is wildly inaccurate but it is the Mail on Line so nothing new there but some of our unique WWII pictures from our website and at least one TNA document are marked copyright Matthew Growcoot/News Dog Mediia-very troubling

Erroneous Copyright marks at least appear to have been removed now...