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    An aerial I took in 11 October 2008


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    Richard,
    Isn't it funny how even after all these years, the runways can still be seen at these airbases..
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    A few recent photos of Fersfield

    Site 7:






    Communal Site:

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    Taken earlier this year near a living site at Fersfield. Any ideas as to make and model?

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    Bedford OY Also extremely similar was the not so well known OX model, but I think this is an OY.

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    Some photos taken yesterday, 31st May 2009

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    All the dispersed sites to the south of the airfield


    Close up of Site No 8

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    During the Second World War, about 25 B-17s were converted into radio-controlled flying bombs under the designation BQ-7. They were designed to be used against German V-1 missile sites, submarine pens, or deep fortifications that had resisted conventional bombing. After a training period at Knettishall and Woodbridge, they were moved to Fersfield.

    The first mission took place on August 4, 1944. The target was a V-1 site in Pas-de-Calais. In the first phase of the mission, two motherships and two drones took off. One of the drones went out of control shortly after takeoff. It crashed near the coastal village of Orford, destroying two acres of trees and digging an enormous crater.

    Is this crater still extant near Orford? Anyone have a map ref?

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    It impacted 'in a wood on the Sudbourne estate' near Orford; that would put it somewhere here:

    http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepat...z=15&oz=7&gt=1

    Usually a crater formed from that much explosive would fill with water and become a nice pond but if the land is well drained it can remain a crater and - because high explosives contain nitrates - the detonation area is very fertile and by now could be full of trees.

    One way to track enemy bombs which fell in open country is to look for 'copses' of trees.
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