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manxix
24-04-2009, 19:25
:) Received a prod that I hadn't posted anything for a while.
Well, here I am !
Andreas airfield was not very successful, perhaps due to the nearness of Jurby and almost certainly because of the proximity of a row of hills! Not very well positioned is it.
It is in use again, after the anti-IRA restrictions were lifted, for a few light aircraft and a glider!
It was to have been used as a Motorcycle racing circuit (I was Secretary of the club) but we could never get even a reply from the Advocate of the owners, despite having obtained tacit agreement from the owners.
We have now been using Jurby since 1975.
See Google Earth for Jurby Airfield and note on the southerly end of the main runway, a load of vans and motorcycles.
Scan straight out onto the road, turn right and follow the main road in a large triangle route (4.25 miles real). You will note the route is empty except for about 7 motorcycles.
This was a race meeting we ran in July 2006.
cheers IxManx

Richard Flagg
21-02-2012, 01:22
Nice photo carmedic. Did you get any from the front? Is there much else at Andreas still surviving?

carmedic
21-02-2012, 19:07
Is there much else at Andreas still surviving?

from what I could see, two of the runways and most of the northern perimeter road looked complete, there were some buildings around the old tower and some more on the southeastern side of the airfield. As there was no one around when I visited I did not stray too far

Psychopost
09-06-2013, 14:15
During my recent pilgrimage to the TT races at the Isle of Man I decided late one evening to visit the airfield at Andreas. Looking on the forum there are not many pictures from this base and as it was a Spitfire station I thought I would take a few shots of the remaining Fighter pens, buildings and tower. There are still quite a few of the fighter pens still existing and a couple of pan dispersals. So on to the pictures. Please feel free to correct any mistakes or fill in the gaps on the unknown buildings.

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Psychopost
09-06-2013, 14:24
And of the Tower.
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Psychopost
09-06-2013, 14:34
And the existing unknown buildings.
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mbriscoe
09-06-2013, 16:24
There used to be a couple of very useful reports on the Manx Heritiage Foundation website, one on Andreas and the other Jurby, but the files have not been available for now for some years even though still showing that there for download. I did try to contact them some years ago, to let them know but they did not seem interested. I have copies of the files. though.

http://www.manxheritage.org/cms/project_1346.html

manxphoto
06-07-2013, 18:43
Best aerial shot I can find right now of Andreas, taken in 2001, it hasn't changed much!

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Corkish
06-10-2013, 10:03
A sample of some recent photos of Andreas Airfield. Managed to see most of it thanks to the owner.

Have many more if anyone is interested.

Updated with Details, some info from Paul Francis's excellent book on RAF Andreas

1 - Post War Vic Hallam Sheds
2 - As 1
3 - Gas Chamber
4 - Towards Watch Tower
5 - MG Test Butt
6 - Tie downs in the MG Butt
7 - MG Range(I believe)
8 - C Flight Offices
9 - C Flight Ablutions
10 - C Flight Sleeping Block
11 - Shelter inside D Flight Dispersal
12 - as 11
13 - as 11
14 - as 11
15 - Bulk Petrol Pump House
Chris

Richard Flagg
06-10-2013, 19:17
Some excellent photos there, please keep them coming.

Is the first one the ops block?

PETERTHEEATER
07-10-2013, 07:18
Image 5 is the Shooting-in Butt. The 25 yard rage was (is?) directly adjacent on the right:

http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=54.375709&lon=-4.4271&z=19.5&r=0&src=msl

Corkish
07-10-2013, 20:03
A few more

1 - 5 D Flight Offices
6 - 7 Bulk Fuel Store
8 D Flight Offices
9 D Flight Ablutions Block
10 D Flight ME Plinth
11 - 15 D Flight Sleeping Block

Corkish
07-10-2013, 20:05
1 - D Flight Sleeping Block
2 - D Flight Sleeping Block
3 - D Flight Sleeping Block
4 - D Flight Sleeping Block
5 - D Flight Sleeping Block
6 - D Flight Offices

Richard Flagg
08-10-2013, 21:15
brilliant stuff corkish, nice to see them. Thanks again for posting them up

Corkish
09-10-2013, 17:50
A few More,

1 - Runway Threshold
2 - Squadron Offices
3 - 5 Speech Broadcast Building
6 - 7 Watch Office
8 - Floodlight Tractor\trailer Shed
9 - 12 Watch Office

Chris

Corkish
09-10-2013, 18:01
1 - Station HQ
2 - Link Trainer Building
3 - Gas Defence Centre
4 - Parachute Store
5 - Defence Guard Latrines
6 - Latrine Block
7 - Floodlight Tractor and Trailer Shed
8 - Watch Office
9 - Fire Tender Shed
10 - 11 Watch Office



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Corkish
09-10-2013, 18:08
1 - 6 Station HQ
7 - Station HQ Latrines
8 - MT Section
9 - Latrines
10 - Gas Defence Centre
11 - Link Trainer Building
12 - Gun Camera Workshop

Corkish
09-10-2013, 18:17
1 - B Flight Sleeping Block
2 - 3 Latrine Blocks
4 - Local Aircraft Taxying
5 - B Flight Dispersal
6 - B Flight Taxy Way
7 - B Flight Ablutions Block
8 - Dispersal
9 - B Flight Squadron Offices
10 - A Flight Sleeping Block
11 - B Flight Squadron Offices
12 - A Flight Squadron Offices
13 - 14 A Flight Sleeping Block

Corkish
09-10-2013, 18:23
1 - 3 A Flight Dispersal and Sleeping Block
4 - Squadron Offices
5 - Watch Tower
6 - Armoury
7 - Parachute Store
8 - Armoury
9 - 11 Main Stores
12 - Fabric Store
13 - Main Stores
14 - Gun Camera Workshop

Corkish
09-10-2013, 18:28
Last few.

I hope these have been of some interest.

I have tried to cover most of the remaining structures. Apologies for any duplicates.

1 - Flood light Tractor\Trailer Shed
2 - Site of Hangar 1
3 - Fire Tender Shed
4 - Gas Defence Centre
5 - Parachute StoreChris

Newage
18-03-2014, 00:26
Nice round up of buildings, do you have a location for the battle headquarters, I think there is a picture of it in the
Airfield defence book, if you could get a picture or two of what remains that would be great as I could add it to the BHQ web site.

Cheers
Mike tucknott

John Roy
03-05-2015, 22:21
I am putting RAF Andreas back to her former glory with a few small changes inside, if you want to keep up with the progress follow it on my FB
https://www.facebook.com/john.roy.14418/media_set?set=a.10152536970418576.616368575&type=3

Iain Taylor
03-05-2015, 23:00
I am putting RAF Andreas back to her former glory with a few small changes inside, if you want to keep up with the progress follow it on my FB
https://www.facebook.com/john.roy.14418/media_set?set=a.10152536970418576.616368575&type=3

Farceblog tells me the page is unavailable?

John Roy
04-05-2015, 10:31
Farceblog tells me the page is unavailable?

Hi Iain

I did not have a problem with the link, however if you are on FB you can find John Roy (isle of man) and send a friend request.
The rebuild is going to be slow process and I already have loads of pictures but I will pick a few and post them here.

Iain Taylor
04-05-2015, 13:13
Hi Iain

I did not have a problem with the link, however if you are on FB you can find John Roy (isle of man) and send a friend request.
The rebuild is going to be slow process and I already have loads of pictures but I will pick a few and post them here.

John,
I just tried it again and I get the same result:

"This content is currently unavailable
The page you requested cannot be displayed at the moment. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page."

I see that someone has also replied to your duplicate post, in the Andreas thread that aready existed, to say they have the same problem.

John Roy
04-05-2015, 18:22
John,
I just tried it again and I get the same result:

"This content is currently unavailable
The page you requested cannot be displayed at the moment. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page."

I see that someone has also replied to your duplicate post, in the Andreas thread that aready existed, to say they have the same problem.

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Peter Kirk
04-05-2015, 19:29
John, I see you managed to attach the photos. Please keep us up to date with progress.

PETERTHEEATER
05-05-2015, 02:09
Hello John, restoration instead of devastation is good and I applaud your initiative in a costly venture.

Would you care to outline your intentions?

John Roy
05-05-2015, 19:12
Hello John, restoration instead of devastation is good and I applaud your initiative in a costly venture.

Would you care to outline your intentions?

Hi there, well we will b leaving the outside as it was but keeping up with today's building regs, the inside will be left as is with the exception of a few walls which will be taken down to give reasonable sized rooms, the toilets and rooms will be placed in diferent places as we will be living in it.
We will be doing the work ourselves and plan on a 5 year project.

PETERTHEEATER
06-05-2015, 03:38
Thanks. Both structures will be renovated?