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    Default Re: South Harefield - Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot

    Ahh, old tons, old feet and metric details.

    Rough calculation the 500 ton tank would be 50 feet square and the 250 ton tank 25 feet by 50 feet (if I got the sums right).

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    Default Re: South Harefield - Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot

    Quote Originally Posted by PNK
    I assume AP3236 is only avaialbe to view at the AHB?
    See my updated entry here #6 Peter

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    Default Re: South Harefield - Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot

    About 45 yrs ago I lived for a short time about a mile south of this site on Harvil Road, Harefield. Then for the next 25 years I worked in Ruislp a couple of miles away and drove past this installation hundreds of times. All one could see was wide steel gates, a grass mound and a filling gantry. I remember thinking that during the war there was probably a pipeline leading directly to Northolt aerodrome which is just a mile and a half S.E. of here. There wasn't the web and Google to check such theories back then!
    I have found a website belonging to a film production company with an image of the present gantry but being unsure of copyright laws I will just copy the url.


    http://www.westlondonfilmoffice.co.uk/i ... ?siid=3045

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    Default Re: South Harefield - Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot

    Again I have been having PC problems; don't yah just luv 'em?

    Thanks for the map pointer engineer that fixes the location so I wasn't far out.

    Carnaby has elaborated on the D1 tanks.

    The map indicates 4 tanks so I expect them to be 500 ton capacity each as opposed to 250 ton.

    Don't think that you are all off the hook yet. I have more queries on other sites which will put your Sherlock Holmes capabilities to work.

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    Default Re: South Harefield - Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot

    I have more then and nows for you all to correct

    I have also ordered a copy of AP3236 for 35. Is that a good price?

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    Default Re: South Harefield - Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot

    I reckon so. I bought mine years ago and it cost the full 65 quid!

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    Default Re: South Harefield - Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot

    I got mine for 68 (post and taxes incl ex-USA)... no idea how much in ?

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    Default Re: South Harefield - Aviation Fuel Distribution Depot

    Don't want to upset anyone, but approx late 80s the late Stuart Howe, who then ran the RAF Museum shop, got hold of the remaining depot stock of various AHB historical monographs, in particular Works and also AP 3397 Maintenance. These were all brand new and had never been opened. If I remember correctly, the price of the thick volumes was about 15 and the thinner ones about 10. I seem to remember waddling out to my car loaded up with books and an empty wallet.

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    Default Stuart Howe

    Without wishing to digress too much, yes I well remember that, I was working upstairs in the reading room back then as a volunteer, cateloging the airfield building drawings - happy times

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