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    Default Haldon / Teignmouth / HMS Heron II

    Haldon/Teignmouth aerodrome "HMS Heron II"

    Went to Teignmouth this morning to photograph some ships and took a look at Haldon at the same time.

    Located North of Teignmouth at N50.34.37/W03.31.49 on the west side of the B3192 today there is very little to show that a thriving aerodrome existed here from 1928 until the end of WW2.

    There is a memorial plaque in the car park on the eastern side of the road and , in places amongst the brambles and bushes in the same area there are a few isolated small patches of tarmac which may or may not be related to the aerodrome .

    Otherwise little at all to be found .

    Top two pictures show the Memorial plaque and stone




    Some views over the aerodrome area ( The publicity-seeking dog is mine!)

    To the west(ish)


    To the Northeast

    To the North


    Finally the adjoining Golf course - this part was apparently used by the airfield during WW2



    There is a potted history of the aerodrome at the PFA/Devon Strut website here...

    http://www.devonstrut.co.uk/pages/newar" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false ... NL0506.pdf
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    Default Haldon/Teignmouth Aerodrome

    A new page on this long abandoned and little known field has been added to my Devon airfields website.Any additions or corrections very welcome.

    I have been unsuccessful(so far) in finding any WW2 pictures /charts of Haldon , or anything showing the layout etc.of any buildings added during miltary use.
    If anyone has anything I could use I would really be most grateful.

    Here's the link.

    http://devonairfields.hampshireairfi...o.uk/hald.html
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    Default Re: Haldon/Teignmouth Aerodrome

    Have you tried the FAA museum? I also think it might be in an Airfield review.

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    Default Re: Haldon/Teignmouth Aerodrome

    Not yet - waiting for the spring - Teignmouth museum reopens then(about Easter I hope) and I believe (from what I hear)they may have some WW2 pictures - guess patience is a virtue(or so they say).

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    I found them very helpful with some plans I was after and apologetic when they couldn't supply Cowdray Park! I haven't tried them for aerial or other photographs. Haldon's map appears in the Ken Delve book for SW England by the way.

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    Hi Dave,

    I have this from the Action Stations South West book. ISBN 0-85059-510-X





    Up until a few years ago parts of the old clubhouse were still there but were vandalised and removed

    http://www.content-delivery.co.uk/av...ds/Haldon.html

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    Default Re: Haldon/Teignmouth Aerodrome

    Thanks Pat - got the book but currently it is with my son-in-law in Bournemouth ...so at least I don't have to wait for it's return to check it.

    One query from that - the "Haldon Camp" refered to - have you any idea of the precise location...the grid Ref SX889849 in the book doesn't seem correct - translates to about 5Ks SE of Doddiscombeleigh..I thought the camp was to the east of the field near where the NT carparks are now ...or am I barking up the wrong tree?

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    There was Haldon Camp (latterly a prison & near the racecourse) which is what that grid reference refers to (I guess).

    If you zoom in on this map there's a likely looking place near 'Brocks Plantation' a mile or so NW of the racecourse

    http://www.magic.gov.uk/website/magi...9:297293:88721

    But I've also read references to a military camp which was near the aerodrome which is probably what you've described.

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    Yes Pat - I can see the spot you're talking about.

    Seems a long way from the airfield for "additional accomodation".

    Once spring arrives and the museum at Teignmouth opens I'll go there and see what I can find out ...they supposedly have some material relevant to the airfield and other military installations .

    I think it opens at Easter (whenever that is) so will have to be patient.

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    Default Re: Haldon/Teignmouth aerodrome "HMS Heron II"

    Visited Haldon this morning whilst out ship photographing....

    picture below is the aerodrome with about 4 or 5 inches of snow and , as ever, the publicity seeking dog.


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