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    hello , does anyone have any information on the ww2 blidworth airfield, photos would be great also, it is for a project for my local history group..anything will be most useful, thanks derek wilson
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    Default Re: blidworth airfield ww2

    I believe the longdale lane craft centre (the old mess buildings) has a booklet for sale.

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    Derek, welcome to AiX.

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    Was there ever an actual control tower at Blidworth, and is there an existing photo?
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    Default Re: blidworth airfield ww2

    It was a Satellite Landing Ground used for the storage of aircraft and would have had a building used as a Watch Office but not a 'Control Tower' as found at operational airfields. Probably a Timber hut.

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    MONUMENT NO. 1419411 on Pastscape is an entry for a battle headquarters at Blidworth. Source is shown as DoB database.

    Would Blidworth really have had a building set aside as a bhq?

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    It's quite possible. An SLG would have had a lot of valuable aircraft to protect but the manpower would hardly have been sufficient to defend against an enemy airborne/ground attack. If the NGR given is correct, the BHQ was on the corner of a small wood. That area is now covered in new (postwar) plantations and any surviving structure would be in the wood.

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    Thanks Peter. I have several more references to BHQs at SLGs. In no case do I have an accurate location or description. A six figure OSGB reference normally describes a 100m x 100m square NOT a point and many DoB sourced ones have been wildly inaccurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJR View Post
    Can anyone post a flashearth link to Blidworth and the craft centre please?
    I don't use flashearth so will this do?
    http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepat...z=17&oz=8&gt=1

    Pastscape entry: http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1419411
    Last edited by tigger; 17-12-2011 at 14:07.

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    The airstrip itself was roughly E/W and was in the large field to the east of Blidworth Lodge (Between Long Dale and Blidworth Lodge). CDP and I were chatting about its location the other day!

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