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    RAF Honeybourne is designed like an expansion airfield but has no expansion period buildings except maybe the 'J' hangar? I have done a search on AIX and nothing has come up but did not Paul do a piece on the expansion period?

    I have started placing Honeybourne on my website and I have only covered the entrance, Bulk Petrol Installation (Aviation), several air raid shelters, MT section, 2 T2's and the J type, which I am just sorting out.

    There is a lot left here but some parts are being knocked down. A large training/engineering block behind the twin AML bomb trainers and some surrounding TB huts. There is a twin turret trainer as well.

    The accommodation site is in very good condition but is inaccessible without permeation of the site owner.

    Any information would be gratefully received especially how this style of airfield fits in with the expansion scheme and the temporary wartime airfields.

    As I update the website I will place more of the pictures onto AIX.
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    MT section



    Bulk Petrol Installation (Aviation) one of two here.



    So what do you make of this, a solid block of concrete, not a hut base?????






    Could this be the original gate post, its solid iron?
    Last edited by Richard Drew; 01-06-2010 at 08:55. Reason: re link images

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    Did the block of concrete have any holes or cut off metal on top? Or was there a ramp at one end? Or another thought, could it be a roof rather than a base?

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    I did not take too much notice as I new I had the rest of the airfield to look at. Its covered in brambles. I don' ink a ramp as the MT is in the other corner? I now we have to re-visit again as there are so many un answered questions.

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    Does anyone have, or can point to a vertical aerial image of Honeybourne taken between 1941 and 1950?

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    Not exactly what you want Peter but better than nothing I guess.

    It's c.1942 I believe. I don't know where the bomb dump was

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    Default Re: HONEYBOURNE

    Peter. page 235 Angry Skies across the Vale by Brain Kedward.
    pic similar to Carnaby's taken 1943.

    Carnaby. Bomb dump bottom left of your pic.

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    Thanks Carnaby and DG1; that helps a liitle.

    RD (Atlantikwall) visited recently and deduced that the Bomb Store was in the SSW area.

    I wanted to confirm that it had a Type C layout with (perhaps) a later addition of Type D but no traces evident on satellite images.

    DG1, how do you know the BS was in that area? What is visible in Carnaby's image resembles what I can see today (farm buildings?) Agricultural reclamation must have covered up the site.

    OK. I was not quite looking in the right place. I can now see traces that resemble the lead-in to an area plus this:
    http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.07869 ... =0&src=msl

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    Peter have pm ed you a plan.
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    I have just finnished placeing RAF Honeybourne on my website, it comes in two sections



    covers the Domestic & Instructional and



    covers the main airfield and tech site.

    I have no plan of this airfield so please comment if I have made any mistakes or anything to add.
    Last edited by Richard Drew; 01-06-2010 at 08:58.

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