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stevie
19-05-2009, 22:43
I'm sure you guys won't let me down on this....(hopefully!!)
I've been very interested in the history of Bitteswell airfield for years. Has anybody got any photos of the place when it was in use that they could post up here.Looking around the net isn't really coming up with much to be honest which i find a suprise as it had very interesting history and only closed towards the end of the eighties.

Today almost the entire airfield has been totally swallowed up by the massive Magna Buisiness park with the exception of a couple of small stretches of runway. I remember visiting back in 1999 (i think!!) and there was a corner of the airfield still very much in-tact where several communial buildings, water tower etc and the hangar complex where they built and over hauld everything from Sea hawks, Shackletons and Vulcans still survived. Sadly when i visited last summer this last remaining little time zone was also completely gone replaced by yet another load of modern ugly ware houses.

Found a link here with a few pics of this final reminder of Bitteswell's active days -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimincov/s ... 214020219/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimincov/sets/72157594214020219/)

So if anybody has any photos it would be great to see them. Cheers,

Steve

rebbonk
20-05-2009, 01:48
You could do a lot worse than talk to Nev Martin (Phoenix Aviation) at Bruntingthorpe. He was a foreman there for quite a few years.

stevie
20-05-2009, 02:27
You could do a lot worse than talk to Nev Martin (Phoenix Aviation) at Bruntingthorpe. He was a foreman there for quite a few years.

Cheers rebbonk. I'll have to make a few enquiries at Brunty.

Heres a nice shot of Bitteswell with B-17 Flying Fortress G-FORT over the runway with the old tower visible in the background. This was taken towards the end of the airfields life when a collection of vintage aircraft from the "warbirds of Britain" collective used the airfield.

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/Bitteswell8.jpg

For a closer look at the tower heres one of the few pics i've managed to find on the web so far! -
http://www.controltowers.co.uk/B/Bitteswell.htm

Cheers,
Steve

Chris Lowe
20-05-2009, 18:27
Steve

I found this picture on flickr as well http://www.flickr.com/photos/lifeslens/3274049334/

P Bellamy
21-05-2009, 15:00
Are the two loop and one pan dispersals still there, just east of the Wellington Parkway/Harrier Parkway roundabout?

All the best,
PB

rebbonk
21-05-2009, 15:10
Might also be worth contacting these guys; they were a few of the workers made redundant when the place closed.

http://www.fastuk.org/atcommunity/orgview.php?id=1365

Ron Robinson was an airframe fitter there.

You may also find a little info burried in here:-

http://www.awa.uk.com/

Peter Kirk
21-05-2009, 22:36
Looking at the 1945 aerial photo in Roy Bonser's book "Aviation in Leicestershire and Rutland", you can see the remains on the grass airfiled. Does anyone know what this original layout looked like?

stevie
21-06-2009, 22:03
I was NOT going to let Magna park beat me 8) !!!

I was determined to find something of the old airfield and i have to say it's not been easy but "mission Bitteswell" :wink: was completed yesterday. Managed to find these few little relics from the airfields active days tucked away right on the outskirts of the business park. The diggers must have missed them when they were tearing the place up. It's awful to think that in a few years time Swinderby will be meeting the exact same fate as Bitteswell.

Anyway heres the pics. Nothing to impressive or interesting really i suppose. I'm just glad theres SOMETHING still here -

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL382788.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL382800.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL382789.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL382786.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL382791.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL382794.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/SL382797.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/Bitteswell_1963.jpg

Mission accomplished.

Cheers

Steve

P Bellamy
22-06-2009, 01:57
Possible sighting of a frying pan dispersal on google earth at the roundabout junction of Wellington Parkway and Harrier Parkway?.....It's no good we'll have to go back.

I'm sure I asked about this in my post of May 21st, about 6 posts above......... :wink:

They are the two loop dispersals with a pan at the southern end, visible just right of centre in the plan posted by Steve.

All the best,
PB

P Bellamy
23-06-2009, 00:10
No worries chaps,

Just thought I'd mention it before you went swanning about darkest Leicestershire. :lol:
I also noticed what may be a surviving structure beside Hunter Bvd HERE (http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.458476&lon=-1.251729&z=19.1&r=0&src=msa), it shows up clearly in the current and 1999 views in Google Earth.

Have fun on Operation Bitteswell II. :D

All the best,
PB

PETERTHEEATER
23-06-2009, 09:43
It shows up well in GE 2006

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

Richard Flagg
24-01-2010, 22:26
A few from todays very brief visit to Bitteswell (http://www.airfields.fotopic.net/bitteswell), not that there is anything to see apart from distribution warehouses!

Anyway, on with the photos;

Numerous aviation themed road signs
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/LEICESTERSHIRE/Bitteswell/20100124Bitteswell1-1.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/LEICESTERSHIRE/Bitteswell/20100124Bitteswell16-1.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/LEICESTERSHIRE/Bitteswell/20100124Bitteswell6-1.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/LEICESTERSHIRE/Bitteswell/20100124Bitteswell3-1.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/LEICESTERSHIRE/Bitteswell/20100124Bitteswell2-1.jpg

General view of the airfield
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/LEICESTERSHIRE/Bitteswell/20100124Bitteswell5-1.jpg

The remaining aircraft dispersal, the concrete is still there but it is coverer in moss and grass
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/LEICESTERSHIRE/Bitteswell/20100124Bitteswell9-1.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/LEICESTERSHIRE/Bitteswell/20100124Bitteswell11-1.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/LEICESTERSHIRE/Bitteswell/20100124Bitteswell12-1.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/LEICESTERSHIRE/Bitteswell/20100124Bitteswell14-1.jpg

Richard Flagg
25-01-2010, 10:31
REF, did you manage to snap the "mystery building" beside Hunter Boulevard mentioned on page 2?

TTFN,
PB

Nothing could be found PB - even since to latest satallite view there has been alot of changes.

laugemsue
15-02-2010, 22:44
There are still bits left.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=bitteswell&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=18.231357,39.331055&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Bitteswell,+Lutterworth,+Leicestershire,+Uni ted+Kingdom&ll=52.470928,-1.235881&spn=0.001144,0.003422&t=h&z=19

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=bitteswell&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=18.231357,39.331055&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Bitteswell,+Lutterworth,+Leicestershire,+Uni ted+Kingdom&ll=52.470831,-1.238271&spn=0.000572,0.001711&t=h&z=20

Terenceskipp
21-02-2010, 19:19
Just started as a member of this forum & am working my way through airfields tha t we used to visit "plane spotting" in the late 1950's early 1960's.
My memories of Bitteswell are from about 1959 on. The hangers to the right of the public road through to Lutterworth would periodically open to allow an aircraft to be towed across the road, via temporary barriers manned by a security guard from his adjacent "box" .
Security were sometimes helpful & would tip us off when an a/c movement was due.
Such aircraft could be any powered by Bristol Siddley engines i.e. Canberra; Gannet; Javelin; Jet Provost etc.
In hot weather in the summer the hanger doors were opened for fresh air. A crafty crawl round the back of the hangers would also sometimes reveal more details of their inhabitants.
When Argosy production started it was mainly in the Hangers on the North Eastern side.
Later upgrading/ mods to Vulcans & Shackeltons was undertaken as well as refurbishment of Hunters for foreign air forces, following their purchase as second hand a/c by HSA.
Always from here we would then cycle to Bruntingthorpe & occassionally as far as Leicester East before returning to B'ham.
My we were fit then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dave Smith
21-02-2010, 19:30
I remember back in the 1970s when I was in ATC at Coventry Airport, visiting the tower at Bitteswell. The controllers were not exactly overworked and there were tomato plants growing in the windows!

Back in the 1950s, I can also remember seeing Lancaster testbed SW342, a Gannet etc parked by the road crossing from hangars to the airfield.

MSgtWilliamsUSAFRet
26-02-2010, 03:47
I was stationed at RAF Brungtingthorpe from 1959 thru 1962 when we returned the base to the RAF. I worked on the NW side of the Runway at B-thorpe and was frequently outside or in the USAF Control Tower. I often could see the Argosys taking off or landing at Bitteswell. The Argosys were such large aircraft, they appeared to be standing still at times.

The air traffic at Bitteswell and Bruntingthorpe were conflicting south of RAF Bruntingthorpe. The two control towers had a direct telephone line between them to cordinate all approaches and departures. Jack W

stevie
14-05-2011, 00:48
Here's a pic i took in 1999 of the last surviving Hangar complex to survive for some time after the rest of the site was basically wiped off the map. There were several other buildings surviving at the time including a water tower and i'll dig out the few pics i have and post them soon. Within the next couple of years these where also demolished and absolutely no trace survives today -
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/oldairfieldpics017.jpg

cheers
Steve

Paul Francis
14-05-2011, 11:41
Here are a few I took in the early 80s sorry they are very poor.

Paul Francis
14-05-2011, 11:51
Another

stevie
20-05-2011, 12:10
Here's a few more of my old Bitteswell pics. Excuse the picture quality as they were taken on a very cheap camera as the sun was setting. The colour ones were taken around 1999/2000 not too long before the last few remaining buildings were demolished. -
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/LeicestershireAirfields004.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/LeicestershireAirfields007.jpg
Peri track??, Hardstanding??? I can't remember now. All i do know is that it's defitnetly gone now! -
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/LeicestershireAirfields010.jpg





Cheers
Steve
:)

RICH5671
23-07-2011, 23:38
Hi Stevie
My father was a fireman for British Aerospace at Bitteswell till it closed in the eighties. Certain ive seen some pics lying around of the airfield at mums house , will try and dig them out and post them on here , Also there is a small lane runs around airfield on thewest side, there are some kind of shelters in a farmers field along there
Rich

woodstock
04-11-2011, 00:48
I worked at Bitteswell from 1970 to 1976. I recently started to search for info on the Aerodrome and that is what brought me here. I have been harvesting images and info ( not for profit ) and have put a fair bit on a Facebook page called " Bitteswell " . Can I invite members to view this Facebook page and if you can add any images or further info , I would be most greatful. Having found so very little on the net , I felt there was real need to record this historic aerodrome, particularly as it has now perished for ever. My Father also worked for AWA at Baginton and at Bitteswell and I have a very interesting photgraphic archive of the days when he was based at RAF Sealand in Flintshire. There are some unique images, including the occasion when American transatlantic flyer, Wiley Post landed there. Paul.

stevie
05-11-2011, 02:26
Here's a few shots of Bitteswell sent to me by ARG member Nigel Bailey Underwood. Taken in the days when the place still looked like an airfield, which certainly couldn't be said of the site today -

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/img016copycopy.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/img022copy.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/img023copy.jpg

Cheers
Steve

woodstock
03-12-2011, 10:03
Many thanks for all your remarks and the images. Facebook can be a bit of a minefield but one does not need to register to view the Bitteswell pages. The page is " open " and should be accessable to all. There is so much on there now that it would be a little impracticle to post it all here... I am still trying to track down colleagues from my time there and even after some 35 years I have managed to at least recall 30 odd names although some may be playing their Argosy Harps by now. I see the above image is dated 1985 and ssume that it refers to the post HSA/BAe days when there was a preserved aircraft collection at Bitteswell, Actually, the pair of hangars in the background are Hangar 5 and 6 on what we called " the old site ". hangar 6 was my department , The Paint Shop.

Richard Flagg
11-12-2011, 14:32
Scanned newspaper article sent to me by Nigel Bailey-Underwood

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/ALL%20OTHER%20PHOTOS/Nigel%20Bailey-Underwood/img570.jpg

woodstock
23-12-2011, 01:24
They built the Disney Store Warehouse right accross runway 01. It greaves me . All the history that was made there in what was only a few short years. Wellington Bomber training, Lancaster assembly, Whittle's power jets, plus an unsung hero, Maj. Hugh Quentin Alleyne Reeves who was killed at Bitteswell by being sucked into a jet engine while testing a muffler he had designed for it. Blimey.This guy desrves a memorial.. :0/

stevie
23-12-2011, 01:33
I remember flying over Bitteswell in 1992 in an Auster from Leicester East and a section of one of the runways still existed until a big warehouse brought it to a premature ending.I wonder if thats the Disney Store that you mentioned Woodstock? There was no other Runways left from what i remember at that time (September 1992).

Cheers
Steve

woodstock
25-12-2011, 17:44
Hi Steve... and seasons greetings to you and all who read this page ! Re the Disney warehouse. if you look at a current google sat map , it's the third structure down , on the right. Bitteswell fans may be interested that on Pathe' there is some monochrome footage of the flying Wing ( glider and jet ) and it is most certainly Bitteswell, even though it claims to be Baginton. I can clearly see hangars 1 to 6 in the background and inm thwe case of the Glider Flying Wing, it is actually " wheeled " accross the road from the old site on to the airfield ( you can see an engineer looking left and right for traffic ! ). Some of the footage has sound... you can even hear the voiceover call it " Bittsfield " !!

woodstock
08-01-2012, 16:11
Thanks again to all who have responded to my posts. Can I ask you all to " have faith " and type in the following link. You will not have to register. No one will know you have visited ( but if you do, then you can contribute if you wish ! ) You will not find any strange people there. It is simply a page for anyone interested in Bitteswell from the days that it was farmland right up to Magna Park. It's all part of the story of this short lived but historic site. Please " linger no longer " but go immediately to Facebook . that will take you straight in with immediate clearance to land ! There are about 180 images relating to Bitteswell and lots of posts and yarns. Please feel free to harvest anything that may be of interest and to add anything that you may wish.

I had a visit to the site over the new year and was lucky to meet the site manager , Mr Roy Davies. Roy very kindly gave me several photographs along with an A.W.A. drawing of the aerodrome showing the " projected " layout for what became known as " The New Site " . This drawing is a fantastic mine of information and I am currently thinking about the best way to make it available to researchers. Get thee to Facebook and enjoy ! Paul.

woodstock
08-01-2012, 16:26
Oh , the total joy of technology !! ( when it works ) I see the link I put on has gone " HOT "....... I have also put a link back to here from " Bitteswell " so now you can bouce back and forth ( joy ) ...just click and go !!! there is a word of welcome waiting for you all :o) . Paul.

Richard Flagg
08-01-2012, 19:42
Rather than keep plugging the facebook group - I notice a few images on there from AiX, I assume you asked the relevant poster before copying them?? It would be nice if you add some content to this thread too?? Perhaps you could post some of your photos on here in the interests of sharing information?

Thanks - Richard
AiX Site Administrator

tigger
08-01-2012, 20:45
Going to the farceblog link in the earlier post I am presented with a screen about joining ...ah well, I'm sure it's a useful resource for those who do use it.

woodstock
09-01-2012, 00:25
Helo Richard and thanks for your remarks regarding the Bitteswell page. First of all, I am not wishing to " plug " facebook. I know that it attracts a lot of strageness. I have only been suggesting that members " go have a look " at the page Re the images : Yes, I did ask Paul if I may use the images from Airfield Information Exchange and as I had no responce, I assumed that as long as I credited them and these pages and as they were not for monetery gain, there would not be a problem. Paul has not contacted me to the contrary on this matter and I am happy to remove them if that becomes the case. I will most happily upload images here ( once I figure out how to ) and let me say here and now, anything that I do upload will be free of any copyright and I invite anyone to harvest and use my offerings for the benifit of all.

tigger : I am so sorry that you have not been able to access the Bitteswell page. I am not sure why this is the case and I apologise for any inconvenience.

Chris Lowe
09-01-2012, 00:36
I don't use faceache either so it seems a lot of us can't see the pictures.

Richard Flagg
09-01-2012, 00:38
Thanks woodstock, it wan't meant to cause offence as it seemed to me that everypost was talking about the facebook page! Not to worry though and thanks for clearing it up. For the record, you are more than welcome to use my offerings that I posted earlier in this thread on the fb page.

Image posting guidelines are here:
http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?3-Image-posting

Or if you have an image on the web and you know the address of the image then you can simply put the img tages around the image address.
insert www. address here with no spaces

Cheers

Richard

rebbonk
21-01-2012, 19:29
A few pictures on flickr just before the final curtain

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimincov/sets/72157594214020219/

rebbonk
21-01-2012, 19:34
A picture of the "families day" c1978

http://www.flightglobal.com/airspace/media/eclipse/vulcan-xm609-at-bitteswell-81847.aspx

The day was well attended, there must be more pictures out there somewhere

rebbonk
02-02-2012, 12:44
Look forward to it Stevie. :)

Meanwhile, there's been a few additions to the F/B page. Hopefully a taster...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/428687_2960926555683_1637138213_2639762_1357026912 _n.jpg

Dr_Bishop
02-02-2012, 14:11
I am happy to be corrected on this, but I am quite sure when I was at Lossiemouth on No 8 Sqdn, Shackletons... The 50,000 rivets in close formation aircraft. We sent kites to Bitteswell for re-sparing.

stevie
02-02-2012, 14:27
More than likely. Shackleton's were overhauled, re-spared etc at Bitteswell many times. MR.2 and MR.3 Maritime Shacks and the T.4 crew trainers were all worked on here between 1959 and 1981 apparently.

mawganmad
02-02-2012, 14:33
Yep, HSA Bitteswell undertook the Shackleton AEW.2 conversions 1971-'72 and carried out major servicing, major inspections/work and the repair/mods, as well as the resparring programme 1976-'80 period.

mawganmad
02-02-2012, 14:46
More than likely. Shackleton's were overhauled, re-spared etc at Bitteswell many times. MR.2 and MR.3 Maritime Shacks and the T.4 crew trainers were all worked on here between 1959 and 1981 apparently.

Off the top of my head, I think it was only ten Shackletons that had the respar.
It was mainly the AEW work that is associated with Bitteswell, some equipment additions (usually 'Phase' related) for the Maritime marks and trainers were added at Bitteswell, the major works were undertaken at Bracebridge Heath, Langar, Woodford, & Hawarden.

mawganmad
02-02-2012, 15:02
That is from memory mind!
The Maritime Shacks were lifed and expected to remain in service c.'78, alongside the Nimrod. The MR.3s were knackered due to operating very heavy weights and boosted by jets and were withdrawn .'71, and all MR Shacks shortly after.
Subsequently it was the AEWs that required the respar to see them through to the early '80s (!!) , there were 12 AEW.2 and I know that our own WL795 wasn't recorded as having a respar, and I believe one other.

Dr_Bishop
02-02-2012, 16:35
Phew... My memory is still intact then.

Many thanks for those great responses.

My little log book has me 75 ish hours in a Shack, which is ten trips and almost one diversion to Sola in Norway. Mind you, 45 mins in a Lightning was the best!

colwal
07-02-2012, 08:03
Here are the Production / Maintainance lists from Baginton, Whitley and Bitteswell, Quite Impressive figures from WWII. Especially when you consider the people of the area particularly Coventry had such a tough time during the war!!

If anyone wishes to use this data for publication please contact me first either through here or facebook (Colin Walford - We have a Bittewell Group there too) with many pictures, maps, news clippings, etc.

770277037704770577067707770877097710

colwal
07-02-2012, 08:28
Here are a few clippings from the time that the closure was announced 22/3/82 plus the last day of the runway (June 82). I will gradually scan and attach related stuff re-found in my loft. Feel free to share/re-use, etc


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Note : This is all probably from Coventry Evening Telgraph. Better copies may be found in their web page.

colwal
07-02-2012, 09:33
The Red Arrows pilots at Bitteswell in the Works Orders Department...think this was to part of a series of events to Celebrate 25 years of the arrows.

The Arrows visited many places that year and as Bitteswell did a lot with the Red Arrows Hawks including making some that are still flying with them. XX345-XX353 were on the line in 81 and 82 and some of these machines are still with the arrows.7724

stevie
07-02-2012, 13:13
Thanks for posting those Colin. Bitteswell is an airfield i'm very interested in so it's always great to read posts on here like yours. Hope you get time to post a few more. The article about the runway closure was from the Leicester Mercury (my local 'rag').

Cheers
Steve

Bomber
07-02-2012, 21:47
Very interesting reading about Biterswell i new they did maintainence work on a veriety of aircraft but i dinot know they had conections withe the Red Arrows . Unforunatley Biterswell was one airfiled i never visited .So now when i drive by on my way to Bruntingthore all i can see is Large whare houses for Asda . What an ignominious end to a aircraft facility:sad: .

colwal
08-02-2012, 05:08
Some stuff rescued from my loft....just some old maps...again feel free to share...

Let me just state the obvious just in case...Please Note these are very old documents and the RUNWAY is closed in fact no longer there!!!!!
77297730

There are some others but have scanned in with large file size so will work on them to make them smaller and add them later.....if people want larger but better quality copies of any of the stuff I am posting then contact me and I will send them on.

Richard Flagg
20-02-2012, 23:58
A couple of aerials of Bitteswell. Photos from the AiX-ARG Archives

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/ALL%20OTHER%20PHOTOS/AiX-ARG%20Archives/scan0057-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/ALL%20OTHER%20PHOTOS/AiX-ARG%20Archives/scan0036-1.jpg

rebbonk
28-02-2012, 14:48
That looks like a Vulcan on the pan.............what else is huge, delta and ( then ) white ???

Javelin? - They were certainly worked on at Bitteswell, though I'm not sure of any colour schemes.

Richard Flagg
28-02-2012, 22:15
Great pictures. Do we have any idea of the dates? Top pic looks like there's an aircraft on engine run.

Sadly not, if anyone has any ideas on dates then let us know.

I am not sure what the aircraft is but would guess its a Vulcan by the colour and shape.

ashbroad
02-07-2012, 20:54
My grandfather worked at Bitteswell through the 60's and 70's as a slinger (whatever that was!). I have vague memories as a very small boy watching the occasional comings and goings of the Red Arrows and also that the hangers adjacent to the A5 were the biggest buildings in the world! After the aerodrome closed but before it was redeveloped (Maybe early 80's?) I went rabbeting on the site and recall rummaging around in an old bunker (in hindsight possibly a battlefield headquarters?). Some fascinating info on this thread and so sad that there is nothing left.

ashbroad
05-07-2012, 22:05
Further to my previous post #64 my dad has just reminded me that both of my grandmothers worked on site also (albeit in the canteen!)
It would be great to find out if anyone remembers them.
We are talking about Bernard & Jean Ward and Edna Barrett.

rebbonk
11-07-2012, 10:23
Bitteswell was used extensively to develop engines. Here a dc3 is fitted with an Armstrong Siddeley Mamba engine. (No.5 Hangar O/S clearly visible to the rhs. Note AS wheel chocks



Source of picture : http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/?irn=401766&search=Aeroplanes&images=&c=&s=1

rebbonk
13-07-2012, 09:41
Have you got any old photos of the control tower by any chance?

I haven't, but I haven't given up hope of finding some. If any do turn up I'll happily share on here. Hopefully the facebook pages will turn up trumps.

rebbonk
13-07-2012, 14:07
Excellent. Cheers mate. There's a few photos around but i've not seen any from the wartime years. Thanks mate. Look forward to any other pics and posts you put up on here.

There's a few just turned up on the "who remembers Bitteswell" facebook page. Sadly not wartime, but likely going back to the early/mid 70's. - I've asked for permission to copy them here.

Incidentally, the newsite didn't appear to get planning permission (3 B1 Hangars) until mid '52 (Market Harborough planning archives). Sort of begs the question, just what was there until that time?

rebbonk
13-07-2012, 14:50
Right, just had permission to post these, courtesy of Richard Sanders (facebook "who remembers Bitteswell" group). The pictures were taken by his father who worked at Bitteswell as a fireman until it closed. Please don't use the pictures without checking with Richard first. - I'm happy to make any approach necessary if you don't want to use faceache.

9446
Control tower looking toward Old site

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Fire Station and appliances, New site in the background

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New site as viewed from the tower/fire station complex

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Tower showing Old site No.5 hangar in the background. The tower had the radio/electronics gear on the ground-floor, and radar room on the first floor

stevie
13-07-2012, 17:09
That is brilliant rebbonk. Thank you very much for posting these up. It's great to see some close up shots of the tower for a change. There's something very atmospheric about these shots as well. Many thanks to Richard as well. I heard somewhere that the tower was going to be saved and used as part of Magna Park at one point but unfortunatly somebody had other ideas.
I must see if i can get hold of the Bitteswell family's day photos that someone has promised to send to me.

Really pleased to see these photos. Thanks again

Steve
:grin::grin:

rebbonk
14-07-2012, 07:13
Stevie,

Another few that might interest you...

http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1269741/

http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1269626/

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/gallery/450/AA1/AA100727.jpg

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/gallery/450/AA1/AA100728.jpg

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/gallery/450/AA1/AA100729.jpg

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/gallery/450/AA1/AA100730.jpg

The Hunter pictures are (I believe) claimed to be RR Parkside, but looking at the Hangars it's almost certainly Bitteswell

rebbonk
14-07-2012, 09:31
Shack WL793 undergoing spar replacement

http://forum.keypublishing.com/showpost.php?p=1901008&postcount=755

rebbonk
14-07-2012, 09:47
A couple more...

The AW52G outside No.5 hangar O/S
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a94/WtMiller/scan0007-2.jpg

Lancaster Mamba test bed O/S again
http://www.strijdbewijs.nl/birds/lancaster/test05.jpg

stevie
08-08-2012, 09:27
A few more pics i took on my cheap but faithfull camera back in 1999. These buildings all demolished during the next couple of years -

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz/016-2.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz/013-3.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz/014-1.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz/020-2.jpg

I've already posted this Hangar shot also from 99 (taken in the 'new site') but this one is very slightly better quality (not a lot though lol!) -
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz/021-2.jpg

Cheers
Steve

rebbonk
08-08-2012, 17:57
Thanks Stevie. That last but one looks like it might have been the old radio room. - Virtually furthest from the hangars

The last picture shows the jetty between the hangars. Just inside (about 10 m) on the left would be the battery room where all the aircraft batteries were serviced/charged, along with trolley-acc's etc.

Bomber
08-08-2012, 20:16
Again nice to see old photes of Bitterswell keepem coming !!

stevie
09-08-2012, 10:17
Here's another pic i've already posted here but i've brightned it up a bit compared to when i last posted it (you could hardly see it). Another old building now demolished that was next to the Hangars on the 'new' site -
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz/LeicestershireAirfields004-1.jpg

Grrrr!!! If only i had took more photos at the time. There were quite a few surviving buildings,water tower and some stretches of runway and peri track at the time.:sad:

Cheers
Steve

stevie
15-08-2012, 13:38
An interesting article in today Leicester Mercury.

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz/004-2.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz/005-1.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz/006-1.jpg

Sorry the pics are a bit shabby. I quicky rushed them and posted them before leaving out for work. Must get a scanner one of these days :roll:

Cheers
Steve

rebbonk
19-08-2012, 08:49
The fuel Bowser

These pictures were taken by Alan and Christine Green after they purchased/restored the fuel bowser, (c1982) and were passed to me by Rob Woodward of the "Who remembers Bitteswell airfield" facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/389518461078327/)

Please do not use them without asking first (I'll happily act as go between if anyone needs to make contact)

rebbonk
19-08-2012, 08:52
A few more...

rebbonk
19-08-2012, 08:56
The RED ARROWS last ever display at Bitteswell

These pictures also were supplied by the Greens via Rob Woodward. Again, please do not use them without asking first.

stevie
20-08-2012, 21:33
These old photos are great. Keep 'em coming Rebbonk. Really appreciate you posting them

Cheers
Steve
:)

Another Number
21-08-2012, 00:25
Agreed, its great seeing these old photos of the base. No doubt in my eyes that this airfield certaily had an interesting life. I look forward to seeing more photos in du course. Thanks rebbonk

stevie
25-08-2012, 08:34
Sent to me from Nigel Bailey-Underwood -
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz/img144.jpg

Steve

rebbonk
25-08-2012, 10:46
Can I add this to the F/B pages please Stevie?

Bigbear
25-08-2012, 10:47
Sent to me from Nigel Bailey-Underwood -
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz/img144.jpg

Steve

Another interesting subject NBU. Where does he keep getting them from?

stevie
25-08-2012, 21:00
Can I add this to the F/B pages please Stevie?

I asked Nigel for you Rebbonk and he says your welcome to use the photo :)

rebbonk
26-08-2012, 14:50
I asked Nigel for you Rebbonk and he says your welcome to use the photo :)

Many thanks. I'll credit it correctly :)

Bomber
26-08-2012, 21:59
I like that one Lovely shot of a test bed Lancaster . I am i correct in saying that it has Rolls Royce Nene engine mountd in the back. Also is it a Bristol Hercules engined veriant ?
Regards ,
Bomber .

MikeO
26-08-2012, 23:34
I think it is a Lancaster B2 (Hercules engined) and the test engine a Metrovick Beryl which was intended for the Saro SR/A1 flying boat fighter.

P Bellamy
27-08-2012, 15:12
Yup, LL735 was a Lancaster B MkII and was fitted with the F.2/4 Beryl engine.

All the best,
PB

Bomber
27-08-2012, 22:02
Thanks guys for that . However ive never hered of a Beryl engine so could you explain what it was & who manufactured it ?
Regards ,
Bomer .

Bigbear
27-08-2012, 22:30
Thanks guys for that . However ive never hered of a Beryl engine so could you explain what it was & who manufactured it ?
Regards ,
Bomer .

Try here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolitan-Vickers_F.2

Bomber
28-08-2012, 20:16
Thanks for that Dietmar the article explains every thing about the engine developmnt & its eventual use .
Regards ,
Bomber .

stevie
09-09-2012, 21:03
Another golden oldie that Nigel sent me -

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz/img164.jpg

Steve

stevie
11-09-2012, 11:38
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz/img173.jpg

stevie
12-09-2012, 07:46
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz/img174.jpg

rebbonk
12-09-2012, 16:43
Stevie,

Corkers! Do you think I might re-post on the F/B pages? Credited as always.

rebbonk
12-09-2012, 16:46
Just in case you missed it, a row of German Sea Hawks....

CLICKY (http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?9157-Can-anyone-identify-this-for-certain)

stevie
12-09-2012, 22:51
Nice pic Rebbonk and no probs.

rebbonk
13-09-2012, 08:26
Thanks Stevie.

Heads up, we have a guy just joined us with a photo album of Bitteswell pictures. The real good news is that he's aware of AIX and intends sharing. :)

stevie
13-09-2012, 11:02
Thanks Stevie.

Heads up, we have a guy just joined us with a photo album of Bitteswell pictures. The real good news is that he's aware of AIX and intends sharing. :)

Brilliant. Look forward to seeing them. Cheers :-D:-D

rebbonk
26-09-2012, 16:34
A wounded Gannet

Courtesy of Graham Buckle @the F/B page "Who remembers Bitteswell"

Graham doesn't seem to have revisited after his fist couple of posts, but If he returns I'll request permission to copy any more of his pictures over.

rebbonk
26-09-2012, 16:38
Another one from Graham...

The Mamba test bed. (Likely Armstrong Siddeley Motors who leased space on the old site)

rebbonk
26-09-2012, 16:43
A third one from Graham, Bitteswell June 1959

Note the fireman with a fag on!

colwal
28-09-2012, 21:04
Vulcan Flypast 29/9/12 3-hour sortie to commemorate 60 years of the Avro Vulcan, and tour the following airports near sites that played a significant part in its development or service life.


Timings for the Vulcan are reported to be (but keep an eye on their website and tweeter Feed for more accurate timings)
Doncaster: ETD 15:00
Bitteswell
Coventry Airport
Birmingham Airport
RAF Cosford
Staverton
Filton
Cardiff Airport
St. Athan
Ross-on-Wye (memorial)
RAF Halton
Lincolnshire Area: RAF Cottesmore, RAF Waddington, RAF Scampton
Doncaster: ETA 18:05

Bomber
28-09-2012, 21:09
Thanks colwal for that hope to be up at Bagington for Three'ish.
Regards ,
Bomber ,

airfields man
28-09-2012, 21:54
A third one from Graham, Bitteswell June 1959

Note the fireman with a fag on!

Would that be the second chap along in the front row (From the right) kneeling down? If so, it looks like the chap in the white coat, just to his left, at the row's end, has a pipe in his gob!! Though it may not be alight, can't see any smoke.

rebbonk
29-09-2012, 10:51
Would that be the second chap along in the front row (From the right) kneeling down? If so, it looks like the chap in the white coat, just to his left, at the row's end, has a pipe in his gob!! Though it may not be alight, can't see any smoke.

The fireman's just below the Jav's intake. The fag's hanging from his mouth. (At least I assume it's a fag!)

stevie
29-09-2012, 10:53
Fantastic photos Rebbonk as always. Please thank Graham for allowing them to be shared on here. I've seen the first pic with the Gannet before somewhere. Possibly in the Roy Bonser ' Aviation in Leicestershire and Rutland' possibly.

Keep them coming mate. I'll try and get a decent shot of '558 over Bitteswell later if i get the chance

Steve

Richard Flagg
01-10-2012, 21:27
On from Nigel Bailey-Underwood's collection of Bitteswell phtoos

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/LEICESTERSHIRE/Bitteswell/img213-1.jpg

farmersboy
17-01-2013, 00:02
When Bitteswell closed the tanker was purchased by Pete Key of Ullesthorpe who shown it for a few years before coming too expensive to maintain so now resides with nx611 at East Kirkby

rebbonk
17-01-2013, 09:57
There's a few pictures of the matador here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10151214362921802&type=1

Just a couple of examples...

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Pictures courtesy of Alan and Christine Green

woodstock
24-02-2013, 22:35
I have just loaded a very interesting number of images on the " Bitteswell " Facebook page. They are related to No 18 O.T.U. ( Polish ) and are around 1941.

Another Number
25-02-2013, 00:03
Be good to se some on here to add to the great selection of images you and others have posted up on here.

woodstock
25-02-2013, 16:40
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woodstock
25-02-2013, 16:46
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Richard Flagg
25-02-2013, 19:30
Hi Woodstock, those are some pretty special photos, huge thanks for posting them up. Really enjoyed looking at them

Another Number
26-02-2013, 00:04
Excellent selection of pictures, nice to see them. Thank you.

A.N.

woodstock
27-02-2013, 11:13
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kebecker
27-02-2013, 16:37
Great stuff thanks for posting, brings back memories of riding past on a frosty autumn morning and waving at the chap on the barrier of the site just across the main road from the airfield, I am not sure who was colder him or me!

stevie
03-03-2013, 00:31
Thanks for posting up those excellent photos. It's always great to see Bitteswell photos, wartime ones especially as there doesn't seem to be that many around. Thanks and please keep them coming.

Steve

rebbonk
10-03-2013, 13:38
From the facebook pages...

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Copyright Brian Wilkinson

I reckon No.4 Hangar N/site

rebbonk
10-03-2013, 18:15
A few more of Brian's pictures. - Please respect his copyright.

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Argosy - suspect this to be O/S


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Likely N/S possibly the last Vulcan to be worked on?


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Likely No.1 Hangar N/S


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Likely N/S around '81

stevie
10-03-2013, 19:12
Another great set of photos. Thanks. It's so hard to imagine all this happened at the site nowadays. Thanks to you and Brian for keeping the airfield's history alive.

rebbonk
10-03-2013, 19:21
Stevie,

Bitteswell has a lot of history, especially in the early days of the jet. For some reason, material is quite hard to find.... But we'll keep on looking :)

stevie
10-03-2013, 19:30
Stevie,

Bitteswell has a lot of history, especially in the early days of the jet. For some reason, material is quite hard to find.... But we'll keep on looking :)

I know that only to well mate. I've been searching for info for years. It's frustrating because Bitteswell has such a diverse & interesting history. Keep up the good work :-D

Cheers
Steve

Another Number
10-03-2013, 19:31
Really enjoyed the latest set, thanks for sharing them

Bomber
10-03-2013, 21:51
I agree realy nice to see old photes of what happend at Bitterswell .
Regards ,
Bomber .

Bryo
11-03-2013, 19:24
Another great set of photos. Thanks. It's so hard to imagine all this happened at the site nowadays. Thanks to you and Brian for keeping the airfield's history alive.

Some of these photos had negative references on the back of them for re-print purposes. I wonder what happened to all of the negatives when Bitteswell closed?

rebbonk
12-03-2013, 10:39
Some of these photos had negative references on the back of them for re-print purposes. I wonder what happened to all of the negatives when Bitteswell closed?

Good question Bryo. Bitteswell employed their own photographer, BAe have told me they don't have any details/pictures.... It has been suggested that some bits and pieces may have found their way to Midland Air Museum and there must still be a lot of press pictures out there. Likely there's a few pictures/details hidden away in museum archives as well... Just a case of having the time and will to go digging I guess.

woodstock
12-05-2013, 09:55
On the BITTESWELL Facebook page , member Will Roe has been adding some interesting items. Will worked for Rolls Royce at Parkside and has been digging out Armstrong Siddeley stuff. The company rented Hangar space at Bitts for flying test bed work.12362 Superb image of A.S. Flying Test Beds. Old site. Hangar 5 on the right.

mawganmad
12-05-2013, 11:30
Superb shot.
The Gannet is the two seat Type Q, VR557, the competing design to the GR.17/45 specification was the Blackburn B-88 / YB.1 and WB797 is seen behind the Gannet. Both were powered by the novel Armstrong Siddeley Double Mamba ASMD.1 double powerplant.
Lancastrian is likely to be VM733, used for trials of the early Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire engines, and the Meteor is WA820, also a Sapphire test-bed and the aircraft that Tom Prickett established a new time to height record in August 1951.
I think the Canberra (one of many with ASM) is likely to be B.2 WV787, with the reheated Sapphire engines, this is of course the machine preserved at Newark.
There were a good five Wyverns with ASM for trials of the troublesome Python engine at the time, so wouldn't like to say which one that is!

rebbonk
15-05-2013, 17:07
A picture of an Argosy that I don't think we've seen before

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The reverse...

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Picture sourced via Wendy Warren of the "Who remembers Bitteswell" facebook page

rebbonk
05-06-2013, 12:53
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Picture courtesy of Tony Coles at ABPIC.COM

rebbonk
23-06-2013, 08:16
Bitteswell Security team

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Picture courtesy of Justine Needham (F/B Who remembers Bitteswell)
Back L to R. Dennis Woolley & ????
Front ??? & Jack Carrington

Still looking for a rough idea of the date...

Another Number
24-06-2013, 07:34
Another excellent pic, there are some real gems on here

stevie
24-06-2013, 08:54
Agreed, please keep them coming rebbonk. They're much appreciated.

rebbonk
24-06-2013, 18:03
Since you seem to like these...

Three more pictures, this time from Lorraine Thompson on the F/B page Bitteswell.

Please do not repost without asking.

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Presentation 1980. The presentee sadly passed away a little while ago

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A few more of the former workforce

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Presentation to Derek Frost, Date unknown

rebbonk
30-06-2013, 18:08
Shackleton outside N0.5 Hangar O/S

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Source Ian Taberer from the F/B Bitteswell site.

Please don't repost without asking.

Alison Kukla
05-07-2013, 17:11
I have just joined this site because I have been clearing out my uncle's papers as he has now gone into a nursing home. His name is Albert Whitehouse and he worked for Armstrong Whitworth, then Hawker Siddeley and then British Aerospace all of his life. He was at Bitteswell from around 1947 until it closed, at which point he was the Divisional Administration Director and General Manager and I believe he fought against closure and then sadly oversaw the sale of the site. I have found a huge number of photographs and interesting documents about Bitteswell and would like to share them. If there is anything that you are particularly interested in I will have a look for it - otherwise I will start to post a few pictures and take it from there. Does anyone remember him?

Paul Francis
05-07-2013, 17:52
Welcome to AiX Alison, we are very interested in your pictures and look forward to seeing them on here. We do have quite a bit on the BAE sites in our archive but like most of it, it needs cataloguing. I worked at BAE but not at Bitteswell, being mainly confined to Hatfield.

Bomber
05-07-2013, 21:13
Hi Alison as Pauls says welcome to the forum .There are a few of us on the forum who don't live to far from Bitteswell .
I am sure any photos you post up will be much appreciated so look forward to seeing them .
Regards ,
Bomber.

PETERTHEEATER
06-07-2013, 08:25
Welcome Alison.

I, for one, am interested in photos that show airfield buildings and not just aircraft alone. Your uncle probably had pix taken decades ago so the older the better.

rebbonk
12-07-2013, 17:06
This picture was offered up to the Bitteswell facebook page by Alison Kukla from Albert Whitehouse's collection.

Would anyone care to put a date on it it? (Not a trick question as the date genuinely isn't known)

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Again, please don't re-post without asking.

Psychopost
12-07-2013, 18:33
No idea of the date, however, for many years the A5 had a 5 road junction at the base of the main runway, the picture shows a roundabout now called the cross in hand (understandable as I have to go around it every day and its a free for all) so that may narrow the date down slightly

stevie
12-07-2013, 19:53
I've no idea of the date but I love that photo. Imagine how different a present day shot from the same angle would look. Thanks rebbonk & Alison for sharing.

Bomber
12-07-2013, 21:25
I agree with Steve brilliant . Only drove past this Tuesday & its hard to imagine any airfield being there at all .
IT is all just large where houses & Tall trees .

woodstock
05-08-2013, 23:09
13276 Welcome Alison. We all look forward to seeing more of Albert's archive. PETERTHEEATER mentioned buildings and I agree that the buildings at BITTESWELL are of great interest. In my 5 years at Bitts , I didn't get to see inside that many and one that is a slight mystery is " Storage hangar type B1 " that was situated across the road from the airfield, just past Hangar 6. Can anyone shed ( no pun ) a light on what the purpose was of a type B1 and what kind of storage it was used for ( if at all specific ).

rebbonk
18-08-2013, 17:08
Alison has been digging through her Uncle's archive again...

Maggie Thatcher visits Bitteswell, June 1980.

Please don't repost without asking.

rebbonk
18-08-2013, 17:14
A few more of the day that Maggie visited...

rebbonk
18-08-2013, 17:18
The 1978 Family day, again, courtesy of Alison...

rebbonk
18-08-2013, 17:22
More of the Family day...

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rebbonk
18-08-2013, 17:24
And a few more...

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rebbonk
18-08-2013, 17:27
The final few from the 1978 Family day...

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Hopefully these pictures have been of interest?

Bomber
18-08-2013, 22:20
Hi rebonk What fantastic pictures . Just wish that I could have seen the airfield before it was redeveloped .
Thanks for posting .
Regards ,
Bomber .

rebbonk
19-08-2013, 10:06
More from Alison's uncle's archive...

The group DH Dove undergoing a spot of work at Bitteswell. Likely No.1 Hangar N/S

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rebbonk
19-08-2013, 11:28
More from Alison's uncle's archive...

Hawk Assembly (Hawk Hall No.2 Hangar O/S)

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rebbonk
19-08-2013, 11:29
Hawk Paint (No.6 Hangar O/S)

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rebbonk
19-08-2013, 11:33
Miscellaneous Hawks at Bitteswell

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Richard Flagg
19-08-2013, 23:49
Absolutely brilliant photos, thanks so much for sharing them with us all.

stevie
18-09-2013, 11:33
I've not had the chance to check this thread for a few months so it's been absolutely great to see all those photographs that have been added. Thanks for posting them up Rebbonk & an even bigger thank you to Alison for sharing them. Absolutely love the airshow shots & especially like the shot of the Red Arrows Hawk on the runway with the tower in the background.

I'm guessing those photos taken inside the Hangars where taken on 'the new site' near to Bitteswell village. The last buildings to survive. I'm so glad I got round to see them before they where demolished.

Cheers
Steve
:)

rebbonk
19-09-2013, 10:12
I'm guessing those photos taken inside the Hangars where taken on 'the new site' near to Bitteswell village. The last buildings to survive. I'm so glad I got round to see them before they where demolished.



Steve,

The Hawk assembly and paint are Old Site No's 2 and 6 hangars respectively.
The Dove pictures are No 1 Hangar New Site
The family day interior shots are all (iirc) New Site
And Maggie's visit contains a mix (I can split them out if you want?)

From a slow start we've managed to get quite a few haven't we?

Glad you like them,

ATB :)

rebbonk
20-09-2013, 12:54
The 50 year anniversary of the '63 apprentices. (Again, thanks to Alison for sourcing the pictures)

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Note, these are a mixture of Bitteswell, Baginton and Whitley apprentices.

stevie
16-11-2013, 12:47
From a copy of the Leicester Mercury that I saved from about 15 years ago -

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r172/spinback/60f0397e-12fe-4202-8040-27b4db202e8f.jpg (http://s144.photobucket.com/user/spinback/media/60f0397e-12fe-4202-8040-27b4db202e8f.jpg.html)

rebbonk
17-11-2013, 11:18
Stevie,

That is great and a story I'd not heard before.

Am I at liberty to share this cutting with the F/B groups? - As always, credit will be given.

stevie
17-11-2013, 20:16
Stevie,

That is great and a story I'd not heard before.

Am I at liberty to share this cutting with the F/B groups? - As always, credit will be given.

Of course mate. No problem.

rebbonk
29-11-2013, 18:31
A trio of pictures turned up by Tracey Garton from the 'who remembers Bitteswell' facebook page

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Can anyone date these pictures or identify the upright units around the hangars?

Kaizen
05-08-2014, 00:49
My memories of Bitteswell are associated with aerospace studies at Coventry College. The college had hangar space, for 2 aircraft, Percival Provost, and a DH Vampire, the hangar and classroom space was located close to the Control Tower, head of the department, and the program was Norman Ricketts. Anyone out there remember these activities.

rebbonk
05-08-2014, 06:21
Hi Kaizen,

I remember Norman "Biggles" Ricketts very well. He had a side-kick called Ray Hall iirc? Sadly, Norman passed on a couple of years back. I remember the apprentice aircraft being in No.5 hanger N/S, and the usual first job of new apprentices was to wash them down.

Kaizen
06-08-2014, 02:56
Hi Kaizen,

I remember Norman "Biggles" Ricketts very well. He had a side-kick called Ray Hall iirc? Sadly, Norman passed on a couple of years back. I remember the apprentice aircraft being in No.5 hanger N/S, and the usual first job of new apprentices was to wash them down.

I believe Ray Hall left Coventry College for a period and worked as an auditor for the government apprenticeship scheme, I think Norm Ricketts had a problem with his Kidneys.

rebbonk
07-08-2014, 03:48
Kaizen,

You might want to join the facebook page(s) on Bitteswell

https://www.facebook.com/groups/43961381801/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/389518461078327/

rebbonk
20-09-2014, 10:13
Qatari hunters in the paintshop (N6 Hangar O/S) c1971.

Picture courtesy of Brandon White on the Facebook Bitteswell site. Please do not re-use without asking.

stevie
21-09-2014, 21:58
Thanks Rebbonk. Thing's where getting a bit too quiet on the photo front on this thread just lately :-). It's always brilliant to see old Bitteswell photos.

Steve

rebbonk
22-09-2014, 10:41
As the F/B group slowly expands we sometimes get lucky with pictures. ;)

As well as the pictures, the F/B site also has quite a lot of documentation about production, special projects and even the sale details when BAe pulled out.

Respecting that many on here don't want to use F/B, could I ask that you at least make others aware of our little project please?

We've just had a new member asking about 105 OTU and a crashed Wellington (NC713). If anyone can assist, I'll happily pass details on.

rebbonk
16-10-2014, 07:29
A right little treasure trove of pictures...

These pictures were sourced from Nev Martin (former Bitteswell foreman) via Paul Kennelly from the F/B Bitteswell site.

rebbonk
16-10-2014, 07:31
and a few more...

WJT
16-10-2014, 08:49
Hi Rebbonk. What an interesting set of pics. It is so interesting to see the activity which went on inside the buildings we spend so much time photographing from the outside!

rebbonk
18-10-2014, 17:16
More pictures sourced from Nev Martin via Alan Allen on the Bitteswell F/B site...