Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: Friston

  1. #1
    SuperMod P Bellamy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Northants
    Posts
    3,504

    Default Friston

    1940s aerial view:



    All the best,
    PB
    Last edited by Richard Flagg; 28-09-2012 at 11:08.

  2. #2
    SuperMod Peter Kirk's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Peoples Republic of Kent
    Posts
    6,194

    Default Re: RAF Friston

    Odd shaped airfield. Oven mit to my mind.

    The NE-SW runway I have seen labelled as the emergency runway whilst the N-S was called the fighter one. Not sure if that is accurate though. Must try to find the source.

  3. #3
    SuperMod
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Bedford
    Posts
    261

    Default Re: RAF Friston

    It is an odd shape but it's driven by the local topography. The bottom left of the photo is the top of the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. The landing strips were on the only sensibly level bits of ground in these parts. I guess it's a classic case of operational necessity above ideal location.

    Peter

  4. #4

    Default Re: RAF Friston

    Quote Originally Posted by PNK View Post
    Odd shaped airfield. Oven mit to my mind.
    Nooooooooooooo. Definitely whale shaped -or, at least, infant school drawing whale shaped. But on a serious note, can someone give the runway dimensions? Action Stations simply says that it was "a dog leg shaped piece of fairly level grassland with a maximum NE/SW landing run of 5,020 ft (1,532 m)". It seems that every inch (or centimetre) of that was required for some of its unplanned visitors - "lame duck" heavy bombers making for the first place, on your side of the channel, into which they could scrape on a wing and a prayer. I've heard tales of many a crippled bomber ringing the perimeter at Friston, having made it in but having no chance of leaving under its own steam, presumably awaiting a spot of TLC or, more likely, a visit from the nearest MU and a non-aerial future. I'd love to see photos of these at Friston - but I never have and, in all likelihood, never will.

  5. #5
    Senior Member bvs's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    604

    Default Re: RAF Friston

    Willis/Hollis say...
    NE/SW was 1675 yds
    N/S was 950 yds

  6. #6
    Senior Member bvs's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    604

    Default Re: RAF Friston

    There is a thumbnail photo here and you can definitely see the old airfield layout,being still in use at that time by Southdowns gliding club

    http://www.lakesgc.co.uk/news0002/ne...Glider%20Pilot

  7. #7

    Default Re: RAF Friston

    Tried to find your photo but the link appears broken.
    Here are some of my images of Friston.
    IMG_1010.jpg
    Hard standing with large mound around the sides. The farm building looks like a hangar at the base? Any ideas.

    IMG_1012.jpg
    Half way up the mound with the Gayles sign. I believe Gayles was used as the Officers Mess.

    IMG_1005.jpg
    Me next to one of several pillboxes with firing holes onto the airfield.

    IMG_1009.jpg
    Track facing almost due west across the strip.

    IMG_1004.jpg
    Airfield from the entrance to Gayles.
    Last edited by Graham Holder; 24-05-2011 at 15:23.

  8. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Baarn, Netherlands
    Posts
    1

    Default Re: RAF Friston

    Nice pics, Graham. I wish I had seen them before we visited this former airfield this summer.

    Here are some of mine.

    Shows some kind of big hole. Could this be a bomb crater? There are several of those in this area.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/1020952...19882475125362

    This just a bit south of where the two strips would have met. Photo taken to the east. Gayles can be seen here.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/1020952...19898182377394

    Photo is just a bit further north where the two strips joined. Taken about south.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/1020952...19917710861698

    We spoke to an elderly gentleman. He said that there were Polish pilots here in the war.

  9. #9
    Senior Member PETERTHEEATER's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Hua Hin, Thailand (resident) ex RAF Armourer 1956 - 1970
    Posts
    7,497

    Default Re: RAF Friston

    Shows some kind of big hole. Could this be a bomb crater? There are several of those in this area.

    Probably dew ponds.

  10. #10
    SuperMod Carnaby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Bristol, UK
    Posts
    3,343

    Default Re: RAF Friston

    Quote Originally Posted by PNK View Post
    The NE-SW runway I have seen labelled as the emergency runway whilst the N-S was called the fighter one. Not sure if that is accurate though. Must try to find the source.
    I note that SD161 (1942) has the shorter emergency runway as 200' wide. The longer 'fighter' strip was was 150' wide.

    Night Landing Facilities are described as:
    'Standard Flarepath Equipment - (Per Letter 11G/S. 1/11/Night Ops. 12.9.41)' I have no idea what that's all about.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •