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    Just a little story to tell.

    Behind the Eagle Orbs there was a gravel drive which ended in a long admin stroke HQ building.

    When we were at a caravan rally (described in my earlyer post) we used to hold a social gathering in the building on a Sat night. On one such occasion we had to prep the building in the early morning for the night ahead. However on the first year approx 1986/87 were unable to get in as the lock had frozen/seased on the outside since the building had been last used.
    Being the smallest kid ,and with the promoise of a present, I was hoisted up through a broken top window on a dark cold Novemver morning and instructed to unlock/open the door from the inside, needles to say I was not happy and a bituneasy about walking through a cold very dark old building.
    We managed to get the door open and had a scout round and in all the other buildings ( and an area called the Nook) as my dad needed to mark out areas for people to pitch their caravans. Over a few hours we found loads of inscriptions, names and innitials which we took to be from service men and women during its operational life.

    The vast majority of the buildings at this time were used as storage by the landowner/farmer but he was still more than happy to open up the buildings in the are called the Nook which were still intact.

    Great times
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foz77 View Post
    Millfield is near to where my folks live; for the record, last time I was there I took a drive around the perimeter and there are are scant remains

    Think there is a fairly intact firing butt in a field, along with most of the tarmac from the east side of the runway, plus a Nissen hut in someone's back garden

    Perhaps the "money shot" however is the stone eagle perched atop a globe supposedly carved by an Italian POW. This is on private land now, so I intend to politely ask the owner if I can shoot it nxt time I'm there

    When I was a kid (early/mid 80's) we used to go up to Milfield every year to run a caravan rally for the northumberland center of the caravan club. My dad was a huge nut on all things connected to aviation, which was eagerly transferred to myslef, and he always jumped at the chance to attend the Milfield Rally.
    To this end I have a large stack (20/40) of good quality photos of Milfield and the majority of the buildings and hard standing areas bfore they were demolished. Included in these are a few photos of the Eagle orbs complete with inscription.

    If you are interrested I would be more than happy to dig some of these out and post on here or produce some coppies and send them to you. They were taken with a good quality camera ( Pentax slr with a veriety of lenses) and are fond memories of time spent with my dad before he passed on.

    My memories of the area are still relitivly good so I am able to discribe the general layout of the time.

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    North by Sea, we would very much like to see the photos you took. If you are not aware of their original purpose of the buildings no doubt someone will fill in the gaps. I found the easiest way is to upload the lot onto a photo sharing site (I used Photbucket) and post a link to the relevant album, assuming you want them to be shared by all, and then post a few on the forum.

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    millfield.jpg

    Millfield Orb

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    Does anyone remember a program on the TV called the Bomb hunters, all about the recovery of kit fro the nearby ranges. In the program I recall a sequence showing the buildings on site just before they were removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Thompson View Post
    This is the home page ; http://www.milfield.org.uk/

    As it says , based on the book 'MILFIELD , not just an airfield' by Alan Evans and first published in 1994 . I'll post the full book details in the Media Section and there is also a nice airfield memorial there now too which has not appeared on the forum yet .
    Info only: The link on that thread is infected. My Computer Anti Virus had to block an attack from it.

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    I picked up a new book "Victory Fighters' by Stephen Darlow in a charity shop recently for little money. Interested to see some information on an instructors course run at Milfield in 1943.

    Page 77

    Re Typhoon pilot (3 Squadron) Flight Sergeant Bob Cole in “September 1943 transferred to No. 1 SLAIS (Special Low Attack Instructor’s School) Milfield to undergo intense ground-attack training, flying a Hurricane IV, as per his logbook: low level bombing practice; dive-bombing practice; low attacks on a tank using cine camera; 40mm firing on wreck; 40mm firing on screen target; low flying + dive on ground target using cine camera; 40mm + machine-gun attacks on ground target; 40mm + machine gun attacks on tank; low flying; formation flying; cine-camera attacks on tank concentration; RP (rocket projectile) firing 4 pairs + cine-camera attack; RP firing at beach target 4 singles; RP firing at beach target 4 pairs; RP firing at beach target 2 prs. per attack; 8 RPs: RP firing at beach target section attacks; RP firing at beach target 4 prs. night.”

    2nd week of October he returned to his squadron at Manston.

    Doddington Moor range was probably the location for dive bombing. Horton Moor for the cine-camera work, with gunnery and RP at Goswick/Holy Island ranges

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    The 40mm firing on a wreck sounds interesting.There was a ship target on the Goswick Sands part of the ranges and I had assumed it was a dummy or mock up. I will have to see what wrecks were recorded around that time to see if anything fits. The 40mm and R/P would have reduced the wreck quite quickly so it may have been replaced or enhanced before the end of the war. The Goswick area undoubtedly underwent constant changes to shore based gunnery and R/P targets as they became too far gone.

    Horton is an odd one as it is referred to as a range by some but I suspect it may have been an Army manouvre practice area as the references are to moving targets, both tanks and soft vehicles and probably troop concentrations. This sort of practice was commonly carried out by Army Co-op Squadrons and others on any Army units all over the country to satisfy training requirements on both sides. I also think that a soft bomb, unlikely to be flour, was used to mark any vehicular hits without damaging it, or the occupants. Evidence for this is sketchy and unclear and I largely dismissed it but when you get a number of unconnnected bits, i.e. not from the same source, you think there may be something in it.

    The AP I have of Doddington shows nothing but a DB target can be quite small.

    Excellent info from that book to add to the puzzle.

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    Just to confuse things, my ordnance survey map shows a Doddington North Moor (not surprisingly to the north of Doddington) and a Doddington Moor to the east.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tynesideirish View Post
    Info only: The link on that thread is infected. My Computer Anti Virus had to block an attack from it.
    No sign of anything virus related on that site. No nasty skimlinks, adverts or redirects either?

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