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Ossington_2008
17-12-2008, 20:47
Taken Jun 1997. Are the buildings below on the a/f site? or is it Milton Ernest?
http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/TwinwoodJun97.jpg

P Bellamy
17-12-2008, 23:04
Twinwood Farm airfield is between and to the left of the two blocks of woodland in the top left on the photo.
The buildings in the middle are the old RAE wind tunnels etc, now put to various uses and also the location of Yarl's Wood detention centre.
You'd have been directly above Thurleigh airfield when you took the photo.

All the best,
PB

airfields man
18-12-2008, 16:22
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/scanfolder-7.jpg

canberra
18-12-2008, 19:30
So Thurleigh and Twinwoods farm were that close?

P Bellamy
18-12-2008, 19:58
A (very) rough outline of Twinwood Farm onto the photo:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/twf.jpg

From the closest points of the WWII boundaries, there was 2.5 miles between Twinwood Farm and Thurleigh.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/twf2.jpg

Twinwood Farm bottom left, with RAE Bedford "Twinwood Farm" Site just above, RAF Thurleigh/RAE Bedford at top.

All the best,
PB

Ossington_2008
18-12-2008, 20:49
Thanks Paul. I was photographing Thurleigh at the time & wondered if those buildings were part of it. It was only the other night that I checked our route on GE and found Twinwood Road that I realised the airfield was there! BTW, can you do your shapey thing for that massive airfield planned to take in Thurleigh, Twinwood and Staunton? Does a plan of it still survive?

canberra
18-12-2008, 20:52
Was there another airfield between these two? There looks to be a very straight road to the north east of Twiinwood.

Stevo
18-12-2008, 21:14
Does a plan of it still survive?

One does survive as I recall Norwichpaul saying in another thread he had see the plans somewhere.

EDIT

Heres NP's post from the Thurleigh and Tinwood taxiway (http://airfieldinformationexchange.freeforums.org/thurleigh-and-twinwood-taxiway-t723.html) thread

the plans for the five mile runway are at the RAFM. It also had two parallel railway lines for testing rocket engines running one either side over its full length.

;)

PJH
19-12-2008, 18:04
Was there another airfield between these two? There looks to be a very straight road to the north east of Twiinwood.

No. There was a taxiway planned between Thurleigh and Twinwood Farm but this was further to the West. This was planned to cross an existing lane which was modified to suit - see the circled area below and the Thurleigh thread. However the taxiway was never built.

http://i495.photobucket.com/albums/rr320/RonnieP/twf2.jpg

Peter

Jenna
21-12-2008, 17:42
Canberra, the straight line is the old field drain between the north edge of Twinwoods Airfield (Outfields Farm) heading down to Rutters Farm. Think it was at one time an ancient road as it also has a bridleway on the west side for most of the way, it also runs dead straight to the south of Twinwoods Airfield into Clapham.

can post up the OS map image if its any help.

PNK
21-12-2008, 18:01
1970's aerial view of the site near Twinwood

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn128/PNK_album/Image7.jpg

Paul Francis
21-12-2008, 19:55
Wind Tunnel Site

P Bellamy
28-02-2009, 17:06
Restoration of a Laing Hut

Here's a few photos from a couple of years ago of the restoration of a Laing Hut at Twinwood Farm we run as part of the museum.
Building 44 on the Site Plan, it was originally Officers' Quarters, divided into six Officers' Rooms, with a central corridor and an Orderlys' Room at one end.
All the interior partitions had been removed post-war, and one end had a large section missing to allow access for large objects. A couple of the roof joists at that end had also been cut through to accommodate whatever it was stored inside.

What it was like the day we started, after we'd cleared out the huge amount of pallets and other rubbish that filled it to roof height, and cut most of the ivy off the exterior:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Twinwood/hut24s.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Twinwood/huts24_25s.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Twinwood/int1.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Twinwood/hut24door2sm.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Twinwood/hut24door1rs.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Twinwood/SR1.jpg

Doorway interior, showing the scar of the missing blackout porch:
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Twinwood/doorway-sm.jpg

The porches have since been rebuilt, from measurements taken from this one elsewhere on site:
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Twinwood/blackout-porch-sm.jpg

The damage at the cut end can be seen here, along with the sag of the cut joists and the shadows of the former partitions:
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Twinwood/int2.jpg

The joists have now been repaired, and to arrest the twist the hut had taken on, we decided to rebuild two of the Officers' Rooms, Orderly Room and corridor, leaving one half of the hut to represent an OAs' Billet, seen looking somewhat untidy in this shot:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Twinwood/intf.jpg

Once the interior was done, the next project was to repair the exterior.
The original felted plasterboard panels had been clad in corrugated iron at some point, removing this revealed the sorry state of the original wall:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Twinwood/OW1.jpg

All the plasterboard was stripped away.....:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Twinwood/wip1.jpg

....and replaced with new, in suitable "period attire":

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Twinwood/wip2.jpg

Finishing touches:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Twinwood/wip3.jpg

And the end result:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/Twinwood/NW1.jpg

We have had to replace virtually every pane of glass in the building, which threw up the surprise that the original pattern of frosted glass was no longer produced.
Also, plasterboard now comes in metric, not Imperial, sized sheets, which made fitting them to the old frames... interesting.... to say the least.

I'll get some more photo of the interior posted as soon as I take them, the home-made stove has since been replaced by a proper Tortoise Stove, and very warm it is too, especially in mid-December. ;)

All the best,
PB

airfields man
21-03-2009, 14:46
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/window0024-3.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/window0025-3.jpg
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airfields man
21-03-2009, 14:53
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/window0034-2.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/window0035-2.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/window0036-1.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/window0037-1.jpg
Door inside the tower, Flying Control Private, The skeletons we found in side one of the adjacent buildings

Paul Francis
21-03-2009, 18:08
Well I must admit it looks far better without the mock camouflage, its like painting a WW2 aeroplane in un-authentic colours and expecting folk on Key to love it.

airfields man
05-04-2009, 14:46
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/window0007-22.jpg
This photograph was taken Jan' 1987.

P Bellamy
05-04-2009, 15:55
Well I must admit it looks far better without the mock camouflage, its like painting a WW2 aeroplane in un-authentic colours and expecting folk on Key to love it.

I'm afraid it was probably a "necessary evil" to match the rest of the site.
Many of the surrounding original TB buildings have had to be partially re-rendered, so to cover up the patchiness the camouflage was added.
Having said that, we know that at least some of the buildings were originally camouflaged as there are still traces of the paint on some, the Pyro Store in particular. :)

All the best,
PB

airfields man
09-07-2009, 21:41
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/window0011-23.jpg
This article was shown within the Today newspaper,Saturday 28-9-1991.

airfields man
28-02-2010, 19:59
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/PAULS%20SCANS%20TWO/window0004-5.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/PAULS%20SCANS%20TWO/window0005-4.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/PAULS%20SCANS%20TWO/window0006-3.jpg
A few more of Twinwood's tower.

airfields man
28-02-2010, 20:02
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/PAULS%20SCANS%20TWO/window0007-3.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/PAULS%20SCANS%20TWO/window0008-2.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/PAULS%20SCANS%20TWO/window0009-2.jpg
Some of the towers interiors doors.

airfields man
28-02-2010, 20:13
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/PAULS%20SCANS%20TWO/window-7.jpg

P Bellamy
09-05-2010, 20:04
Picked this up beside our hut at Twinwood on thursday:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/TWBMay1.jpg

All the best,
PB

PETERTHEEATER
10-05-2010, 10:41
Just the box? For one of these? (Third frame down)

http://www.questmasters.us/B-24_Page_5.html

P Bellamy
10-05-2010, 13:23
Sadly the Astrograph box is empty, it holds the more delicate items when I take the AAF display out on the road.

TTFN,
PB

PETERTHEEATER
11-05-2010, 08:54
Oh, I see. So the box was convenient to show the white disc which, I assume, is a plate?

WiganMick59
31-05-2010, 21:11
http://s240.photobucket.com/albums/ff96/TigersUK7/Twinwood%20Farm/

I dragged Richenda for a romantic bank holiday mystery tour to Twinwood Farm.........the link is a series of pictures I took there. What a very friendly group of people run the museum site, I would recommend this place to anyone.

cheers,

Mick

P Bellamy
16-07-2010, 21:44
Well I must admit it looks far better without the mock camouflage, its like painting a WW2 aeroplane in un-authentic colours and expecting folk on Key to love it.

All the TBC buildings on site are now losing the camouflage paint and getting an overall coat of green.
Here's one of Mick's photos of the control tower from last month's site visit to illustrate:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/TWCT2.jpg

I can't remember exactly when the repainting began, but I think the majority was done prior to the filming of First Light in May.

I'm sure Mick, Noel, Richard and co. will add some of their photos of the visit in due course..... ;)

All the best,
PB

WiganMick59
17-07-2010, 20:56
Hiya Paul,

Follow the link for some pictures of Twinwood June 2010 .....sorry Steve ;)


http://s240.photobucket.com/albums/ff96/TigersUK7/Twnwood%20Farm%20June/

A few shots of the newly painted Tower. Many thanks tp PB for showing us inside the hut and the fuel store.


Mick

Richard Flagg
18-07-2010, 18:34
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/BEDFORDSHIRE/Twinwood%20Farm/20100624TwinwoodFarm79-1.jpg

P Bellamy
28-07-2010, 10:06
Noel's annotated photos of the visit are now online HERE (http://oldairfields.fotopic.net/c1874607.html).

Random Twinwood Farm snippet I only discovered last week:
The photo in Works showing the Speech Broadcast Microphone in use appears to have been taken in the control tower, judging from the plan of the airfield visible in the foreground. :-D

All the best,
PB

Carnaby
28-07-2010, 11:27
The photo in Works showing the Speech Broadcast Microphone in use appears to have been taken in the control tower, judging from the plan of the airfield visible in the foreground.
Yes (page 502). I remember studying this and other photos in the book years ago trying to locate them.
I've just noticed that in this picture there is a Contact Lighting panel on the wall, (box on far right - see also page 522). That is of great interest as Twinwood is in my list as 'Contact lighting - requirements uncertain'

Another tick in the box - will amend the audit.

Graham

Richard Flagg
31-07-2010, 13:41
Here is a selection of my photos from my trip to Twinwood on 24 June 2010
http://airfields.fotopic.net/twinwoodfarm (http://airfields.fotopic.net/twinwoodfarm)

Tower
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/BEDFORDSHIRE/Twinwood%20Farm/20100624TwinwoodFarm82-1.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/BEDFORDSHIRE/Twinwood%20Farm/20100624TwinwoodFarm34-1.jpg

PBX
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/BEDFORDSHIRE/Twinwood%20Farm/20100624TwinwoodFarm44-1.jpg

NFE Shed
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/BEDFORDSHIRE/Twinwood%20Farm/20100624TwinwoodFarm48-1.jpg

Blister Hangar
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/BEDFORDSHIRE/Twinwood%20Farm/20100624TwinwoodFarm57-1.jpg

Aviation Fuel Installation
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/BEDFORDSHIRE/Twinwood%20Farm/20100624TwinwoodFarm73-1.jpg

Unknown
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/BEDFORDSHIRE/Twinwood%20Farm/20100624TwinwoodFarm25-1.jpg

P Bellamy
06-08-2010, 19:09
Nice to see the owner has seen sence and painted over that applying paint scheme at last. I remember the abuse that I received when challinging the authenticity of such a paint scheme.

I couldn't resist posting this 1943 photo... ;)

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/cam1.jpg

Not taken at Twinwood, but "somewhere in England".

All the best,
PB

WiganMick59
29-08-2010, 23:22
First time at the Festival very good altough the weather was freezing and a bit wet on Saturday! Had the experience of walking around the preserved airfield at 1am.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff96/TigersUK7/Twinwood%20Memorial%2051%20OTU/TwinwoodsShow2010005.jpg

Cheers!


Mick

P Bellamy
08-05-2011, 18:06
Yes (page 502). I remember studying this and other photos in the book years ago trying to locate them.
I've just noticed that in this picture there is a Contact Lighting panel on the wall, (box on far right - see also page 522). That is of great interest as Twinwood is in my list as 'Contact lighting - requirements uncertain'

Another tick in the box - will amend the audit.

Graham

Just as final confirmation, I found two remaining transformer pits and one of the adjacent CL sockets (brick lined!) where the main runway crossed the western peritrack this afternoon on my way home.
I'll try to remember my camera next time.

PB

P Bellamy
03-07-2011, 18:47
Twinwood's Contact Lighting photo's as promised...
These are where the main runway crossed the western perimeter track, now the access road to the museum, and are set into the runway surface itself rather than outside it.

Northern edge of runway:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/CLTWn2.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/CLTWn1.jpg

Southern edge:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/CLTWs2.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/CLTWs1.jpg

All the best,
PB

captainflynn23
19-10-2011, 23:02
I took these on a flight on Sept 29th 2011. Hopefully they are of interest to some of you..

Was these buildings part of RAF Twinwood Farm?

http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2011/292/1/4/twinwood_by_captainflynn-d4dbud9.jpg

Former RAF Twinwood Farm runways..

http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2011/292/d/c/the_past_by_captainflynn-d4dbv2u.jpg

PNK
20-10-2011, 13:39
Thanks for posting all the aerial shots captainflynn23. Amazing to see the runways "shadows". Not sure when they were removed but they were still there in 1971.

captainflynn23
20-10-2011, 14:41
Thanks. :) Its sad that they removed them but the way they look now gives them a 'ghost of the past' sort of look! Too bad it didnt remain a GA airfield or anything.