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Does anyone have a recent match up photo so can do a then and now??
Woodster - the tower has long since disappeared under the car park of a firm called Gigawave. Do you still want a photo?
yes thank you,would be most grateful for any help!
This has been emailed to me by Lindsay Aspin
It is the 65th Commemoration of Operation Varsity on 24th March, 2010 ...
Veterans from the Glider Pilot Regiment will be attending this Commeration
together with representatives of RAF 296 and 297 Squadrons (38 Group) who
were all based and left Earls Colne Airfield on Operation Varsity, 24th
I am searching for any pictures of the control tower at Earls Colne airfield whilst in use during WWII - specifically, any pictures of the interior and the main clock which would have been used to start missions, time raids etc..
A long shot i know, but any info (personal pictures, possible books, web sites etc..) would be gratefully received.
sorry if this isn't in the right place, but am trying to find pictures of the control tower at Earls Colne (station 358 ) during WWII, and even better, any interior pictures whilst it was in use. I cant find any on the threads i have looked at, so thought i'd throw it out there.
Any personal pics, or suggestions for books/websites would be gratefully appreciated.
Try Robert Truman's UK Control tower site at http://www.controltowers.co.uk/E/Earls_Colne.htm
http://www.footnote.com/ has a great selection of wartime photos, if you can find them that is!
I trying several times and never suceeded to download a free document picture !
* or the server is overloaded or my PC becomes to old ?
* or have to go early vefore the americans wake up ?
I found this image of a B26 Marauder " Miss Emily" of the 455th BS at Earles Colne
with battle damage
A very crisp photo showing period aircrew combat clothing Ian, whats your source?
Its a image from www.ww2incolor/us-air-force, its a fantastic site for research
Just a reminder that there will be a Commemorative service at Marks Hall near Earls Colne airfield tomorrow starting at 11am. This happens every year and remembers all of those who took part in Operation Varsity - crossing the Rhine in 1945. Though the numbers of veterans attending is dwindling with every year that passes there is still a good turnout. At the end of the service there usually is a civilian glider flyover an at least one if not two Apache helicopters from Wattisham. There are mini buses available from the car park to the Memorial where the service takes - no charge for this.
Stan, how did the event go? Did you take any photos? Weather was excellent for it.
The weather was kind yesterday as you say, and it was a very pleasant ceremony. Quite a few veterans managed to get there.
Here's some pictures as requested.
Commanding Officer of Wattisham greets Senior Officer of Airborne.
Johnny Peters lays his wreath. He was one of the lucky ones to get out of Arnhem.
The ceremomy ended with the last post and 'Sunset' as the colours were lowered. Rounded off by two Apache helicopters from Wattisham flying over twice.
Respect to these old guys who made a difference.
The weather was glorious and it was good to see so many veterans from the Glider Pilot Regimental Association and members of the Army Air Corps (and band) present at the ceremony. Vic Lewis and I laid wreaths for the USAAF bomb groups (the 94th and 323rd) that were based at nearby Earls Colne Airfield.
I bumped into REF and Danbuoy at the FOTE meeting yesterday, and Richard asked me to post the pictures that I took. So here they are...
Excellent photos chaps, what a glorious day for it too.
I was searching the internet for some pictures of Earls Colne. Heres a couple of links
My copy of the Glider Pilot Regiment Association magazine arrived today via Airmail and was pleased to see a nice write up and pictures of the Marks Hall ceremony. :)
For those that don't know, the Marks Hall monument is situated in the middle of small scale representation of the airfield - check Google Earth if you want to see it.
Some photos i took at Earls Colne in Februay 2009
1 - Bulk Fuel Installation
2 - Bulk Fuel Installation
3 - T2 Hangar
4 - T2 Hangar
5 - Runway
6 - Taxiway
7 - Taxiway
8 - Resident Bulldog
9 - Another resident aircraft
10 - Visiting French aircraft
Earls Colne Control Tower, now demolished. Photos by Jim Paradine and sent me via Fred Pearce
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