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PETERTHEEATER
16-06-2010, 09:50
An interesting site on Milfield

http://www.milfield.org.uk/fighter_leader_school_milfield.htm

David Thompson
16-06-2010, 10:46
This is the home page ; http://www.milfield.org.uk/

As it says , based on the book 'MILFIELD , not just an airfield' by Alan Evans and first published in 1994 . I'll post the full book details in the Media Section and there is also a nice airfield memorial there now too which has not appeared on the forum yet .

PETERTHEEATER
19-06-2010, 10:04
The site that I linked in Post #1 above this statement appears:

A distinctive building that was planned and built at Milfield when it was intended as a bomber O.T.U. was the astral navigation trainer, 9288/42 design standard. A domed building with a single small man-sized entrance, painted black inside and outside. When used at a bomber O.T.U. the stars were projected onto the interior of the dome and the projector moved at the rate and angle of the firmament and also simulated the speed and passage of the required bomber type. This allowed trainee navigators to practice recognition of individual stars and the use of the sextant for taking star shots. The large number of trainee navigators on a bomber O.T.U. often meant this very sophisticated computer was in use twenty fours per day. Its use during 59 O.T.U.'s time would have been minimal, probably only as a night, aircraft recognition trainer, projecting aircraft silhouettes against a background of the stars.

Anyone got an image of one or is it being confused with something else?

Foz77
23-08-2010, 08:51
Millfield is near to where my folks live; for the record, last time I was there I took a drive around the perimeter and there are are scant remains :sad:

Think there is a fairly intact firing butt in a field, along with most of the tarmac from the east side of the runway, plus a Nissen hut in someone's back garden

Perhaps the "money shot" however is the stone eagle perched atop a globe supposedly carved by an Italian POW. This is on private land now, so I intend to politely ask the owner if I can shoot it nxt time I'm there ;-)

Foz77
07-05-2011, 12:44
Hi

Can anyone confirm the structure on the right? The plans don't shed any light (as they are practically illegible)

4642

It had a window on the other side, near the top of the building

Cheers
Mike

P Bellamy
07-05-2011, 13:39
From the outline of the rest of the building on the 1966 1/2500 OS map, it appears to be the boiler roon/water tank tower for a combined Sgts' and Officers' ablution block.
There's a similar complete example at Bottesford (http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?148-Bottesford&p=8803&viewfull=1#post8803).

Stand-by Set House 13244/41 in the background.

All the best,
PB

Foz77
07-05-2011, 14:00
From the outline of the rest of the building on the 1966 1/2500 OS map, it appears to be the boiler roon/water tank tower for a combined Sgts' and Officers' ablution block.
There's a similar complete example at Bottesford (http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?148-Bottesford&p=8803&viewfull=1#post8803).

Stand-by Set House 13244/41 in the background.


All the best,
PB

Thanks, 3 questions though:

1. I had the building in the background down as a power station(!) - what was a set house used for?

2. Am I right in thinking some buildings eg picket posts have different variations of design?

3. Is there a resource (besides asking the RAF Museum) to find a list of drawing numbers so I can cross reference the plans I have with them?

Thanks again
Mike

P Bellamy
07-05-2011, 14:06
1: The Stand-by Set House held the emergency electrical generators, so was indeed the backup power station in case the feed from the mains failed for any reason.

2: Yes, there are many variations of all types of standard structures.

3: An partial list of some wartime Drawing Numbers can be found HERE (http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?3306-AM-Drawing-Numbers), I really must update it sometime. Sadly, not all the various drawings have survived in the RAF Museum archive.

All the best,
PB

Foz77
15-05-2011, 10:26
Hi

Another buildling from communal, if someone can help identify...

47124713

Thanks
Mike

Paul Francis
15-05-2011, 11:18
Squash racqets court

North by sea
17-10-2011, 14:45
Just a little story to tell.

Behind the Eagle Orbs there was a gravel drive which ended in a long admin stroke HQ building.

When we were at a caravan rally (described in my earlyer post) we used to hold a social gathering in the building on a Sat night. On one such occasion we had to prep the building in the early morning for the night ahead. However on the first year approx 1986/87 were unable to get in as the lock had frozen/seased on the outside since the building had been last used.
Being the smallest kid ,and with the promoise of a present, I was hoisted up through a broken top window on a dark cold Novemver morning and instructed to unlock/open the door from the inside, needles to say I was not happy and a bituneasy about walking through a cold very dark old building.
We managed to get the door open and had a scout round and in all the other buildings ( and an area called the Nook) as my dad needed to mark out areas for people to pitch their caravans. Over a few hours we found loads of inscriptions, names and innitials which we took to be from service men and women during its operational life.

The vast majority of the buildings at this time were used as storage by the landowner/farmer but he was still more than happy to open up the buildings in the are called the Nook which were still intact.

Great times

North by sea
17-10-2011, 14:46
Millfield is near to where my folks live; for the record, last time I was there I took a drive around the perimeter and there are are scant remains :sad:

Think there is a fairly intact firing butt in a field, along with most of the tarmac from the east side of the runway, plus a Nissen hut in someone's back garden

Perhaps the "money shot" however is the stone eagle perched atop a globe supposedly carved by an Italian POW. This is on private land now, so I intend to politely ask the owner if I can shoot it nxt time I'm there ;-)


When I was a kid (early/mid 80's) we used to go up to Milfield every year to run a caravan rally for the northumberland center of the caravan club. My dad was a huge nut on all things connected to aviation, which was eagerly transferred to myslef, and he always jumped at the chance to attend the Milfield Rally.
To this end I have a large stack (20/40) of good quality photos of Milfield and the majority of the buildings and hard standing areas bfore they were demolished. Included in these are a few photos of the Eagle orbs complete with inscription.

If you are interrested I would be more than happy to dig some of these out and post on here or produce some coppies and send them to you. They were taken with a good quality camera ( Pentax slr with a veriety of lenses) and are fond memories of time spent with my dad before he passed on.

My memories of the area are still relitivly good so I am able to discribe the general layout of the time.

PNK
17-10-2011, 16:50
North by Sea, we would very much like to see the photos you took. If you are not aware of their original purpose of the buildings no doubt someone will fill in the gaps. I found the easiest way is to upload the lot onto a photo sharing site (I used Photbucket) and post a link to the relevant album, assuming you want them to be shared by all, and then post a few on the forum.

North by sea
18-10-2011, 23:40
6408

Millfield Orb

Hurricane1037
23-09-2012, 19:58
Does anyone remember a program on the TV called the Bomb hunters, all about the recovery of kit fro the nearby ranges. In the program I recall a sequence showing the buildings on site just before they were removed.