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Searching for any info (exact location,alignment , use etc )of the three airfield sites around Okehampton ....
Folly Gate ( approx N50.4519/W04.0107) civil prewar use, RAF WW2..Grass field>
Okehampton Camp ..informal use of strip to N of camp by liason a/c in WW2 (ie: Cub etc)
Okehampton Camp ...."formal" strip to E of camp at Halstock Down .
If this appears twice - my apologies - the first attempt seems to have disappeared down some black hole! :(
Although not my line, I found a note in my records which indicate Folly Gate opened in 1928 and was used by the RAF 57 MSU during WW2.
N50 45 W 04 01 but I'm not sure where I took that from.
The Oakhampton strips? Sorry, I can't help.
I have a plan somewhere of one of the WW2 Okehampton Camp strips showing one or two runways marked out but its buried somewhere amongst my junk and I have not seen it for several years - I think it was as proposed - not necessary what was built . I went there a few years back, there is nothing much to see, although the target railway is really interesting. I also have a Folly Gate plan, a copy of which I donated to the Okehampton Museum.
Thans to you both....
About the target Railways there are some good picture in the PDF at the link below - lot of other info too- but nothing about the airstrips
http://www.dartmoor-ranges.co.uk/Downlo ... n_Camp.pdf (http://www.dartmoor-ranges.co.uk/Downloads/Conservation/Okehampton_Camp.pdf)
The link is to a report I did on Okehampton Camp. I have just read through my notes on Okehampton Range and it is the landing strip at Halstock Down that has a plan in the file WO 78/4935 at the TNA. I thought I had a copy but I may not after all, but if you go to the TNA you can get one. The airfield was used for find-and-report exercises while on cross-country flights, the trainee observer having a compass and a map to report 'enemy' positions to hidden checkers.
Sorry but......- TNA is what?
Will pay a visit to the Okehampton Museum sometime - not too far from me - to see if I can view the Folly Gate plan.
The National Archives, Kew
Thanks - thought it may be something like that.
Hi all - my first ever post :)
My dad was the PSA officer for Okehampton between 1972 and 1980ish, so I have some good childhood memories of the place. Particularly desolate, the assault course outside his office was always fun when no-one was looking.
Photocopies from an old Air Ministry publication. I drive past this site occasionally but think little if anything remains.
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