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    Quote Originally Posted by Warthog View Post
    Off to check the euro numbers in case I can persuade the landowner to sell me the Bodney control tower
    That has been an ambition of mine since first exploring it in the summer of 1986. No lottery in those days though just the worthless Pools ! We'll have to do the same winning numbers one Friday then we can share it.... wouldn't that be great !!!

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    Some shots from today.

    Set 1

    Course of the Main Runway


    T2 Hangar


    3 Nissen Huts next to the T2 Hangar (not sure if they're original to that area)






    The obligitory Control Tower shot


    Ops Block


    Not sure but after a bit of investigating it would appear to have been the airfield Post Office!
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    Set 2

    Not sure of the original use for this one


    Doubt this is anything to do with the airfield but i just thought i'd include it as it looks pretty ancient!


    Again not sure of this one.


    Free Gunnery Trainer


    T2 Hangar


    NFE Shed and Store


    Domestic Site 18 (apparently)








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    Excellent stuff Rob, is that a blister hangar? I have a feeling it's the free gunnery trainer. Where is it located?

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    Thanks REF. If you look at the Control Tower head on it is behind and to the left (round the back of the T2). AIRFIELDS OF THE EIGHTH THEN AND NOW have it marked as BLISTER HANGAR on the 40s picture of the airfield layout.

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    I'll check my RSP but I'm pretty certain it is the Free Gunnery Trainer

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    Looks like a fighter fuel bowser or oil bowser to me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by REF View Post
    I'll check my RSP but I'm pretty certain it is the Free Gunnery Trainer
    Free Gunnery Trainer = Blister Hangar. The trainer was in a Blister although whether or not the hangars were used for this purpose or not is open to query. They were a normal feature of the US built bomber fields in Essex. They also still survive at Matching, Wetherfield and Chipping Ongar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myaix1943 View Post
    Free Gunnery Trainer = Blister Hangar. The trainer was in a Blister although whether or not the hangars were used for this purpose or not is open to query. They were a normal feature of the US built bomber fields in Essex. They also still survive at Matching, Wetherfield and Chipping Ongar.
    Thanks John, I have just checked the RSP and it shows it as follows;

    Bldg 50
    Free Gunnery Trainer
    Blister Hangar Type
    Drg No 7316/42

    Also, your photo of the 'crash tender shed' is as follows;

    Bldg 66
    NFE Shed & Store
    Temporary Brick
    Drg No 12411/41

    Cheers

    Rich

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    Thanks for clearing these up guys. Sorry to sound too much like a building type newbie but what does NFE mean?
    Rob

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