In the 1SFTS ORB there were instructions for dimming the lighting on the airfield and this included shrouds for the goose neck flares. This was dated 10/9/1940 and was as a result of enemy activity at night. The photo shows the two types and the ORB stated that the drawings (not in the ORB - as per normal!) were to be used for local manufacture. Not being a lighting person I don't know if these were widely used.
We had them when i worked at Oxford/Kidlington in the 90,s for emergencies. We laid them out and used them a few times as
well when somebody kept on cutting the mains cables to the airfield light. We could either do a full set or emergency as a couple of times we had to put them out with aircraft waiting in the circuit.
Gooseneck Flares I am very familiar with but for illuminating low-level bombing targets pitching on the sea but those photographs show me something new. Two types a full (bi-directional?) and a 'half' screen (uni-directional?) The insides would have been thick with soot after a couple of uses making it a pleasure to handle!
In the background of Image 3 can be seen the lower limbs of an leaning individual wearing Plus-Fours or puttees or suffering from shrinkage in the wash.
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They look like puttees or gaiters to me.
Looking at the un-cropped photo, which doesn't show much more, I would say they were gaiters and the uniform may be Army rather than RAF? For the plane spotters there was the bottom of a Hurricane and it looked to be coded LK left of the roundel. I suspect this was a pre recoding photo (1939??) and possibly not taken at Netheravon as suggested by the ORB.
Gaiters? So that's where the Bishop went
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