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    Set 2

    Large Nissen Hut on former Site 7 Quarters


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


    Free Gunnery Trainer


    T2 Hangar


    NFE Shed and Store


    Works Services Yard








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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

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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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    NFE - Night Flying Equipment.

    The blister hangars at Matching and Willingale were used for the storage of paper bagged cement during construction of the airfields. I do know that Matchings example 'moved' position a couple of times before being sited where it is today. They usually followed the main batching and concrete mixers from site to site. After, they were sited where they sit today as free gunnery trainers.

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    I'm intending to go to the FOTE meeting at Bottisham on Saturday March 29th, but as I had a good look round Bottisham itself last year, I was hoping to have a look round Little Walden beforehand. I have only visited once before, in 2005, and so really want to update my pics as well as get photos of the areas I missed. I'm hoping to get to Little Walden for about 12ish. Does anyone fancy meeting up?

    Also, I would like to get a shot of the NFE shed, but realise its in the back garden of the control tower. Hoping the new owners are amenable when it comes to granting permission (plus I'll want some of the tower anyway!). One other question, there are some pics earlier in the thread of some Nissen huts on Domestic Site 18. Where is this, as this site is not listed on the plan in The Mighty Eighth War Manual?

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