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    Can anybody tell me the two digit airfield Ident letters please for the fighter satellite station at Gt. Orton although perhaps known by another name which escapes me . . .

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    GE according to that wonderful book Britain's Military Airfields 1939-45. : )

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    Another memorial to the ABCT:

    Great orton Memorial unveiling: 11am Sunday 24th October 2010

    A memorial commemorating a former RAF airfield at Great Orton , known locally as Wiggonby, is being unveiled this Sunday. It is being erected by The Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust, a charity which aims to ensure the sacrifice of war is not forgotten by erecting airfield memorials across Britain. Opened in June 1943, Great Orton was mainly used as a satellite airfield for nearby Silloth by Wellingtons of No 6 Operational Training Unit. A few other flying unit detachments were stationed here in WW2 for shorter periods, notably No 55 Operational Training Unit (Hurricanes) and two air-sea rescue squadrons which operated Vickers Warwicks. As the Second World War ended in Europe, the airfield became home to No 249 Maintenance Unit for bomb storage until both this unit and the airfield closed in August 1952.
    Sections of all three runways remain, also the perimeter track (now partly a minor road) and the control tower, and in recent years there was some light aircraft activity; the site also became home to a wind farm in the 1990s. The foot and mouth crisis of 2001 saw Great Orton Airfield become the main dumping ground in Britain for slaughtered animals – nearly half a million of them (mostly sheep) were killed and then buried in 26 pits surrounding the runways. The Watchtree Nature Reserve was later established to restore the site.
    The memorial will be unveiled at 11am Sunday 24th October alongside the existing foot and mouth memorial on the north-west side of the airfield.

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    Another loose end for me. Great Orton hosted RAF Coastal Command aircraft during WW2 and should have had a bomb store, albeit of modest size. I have been unable to locate one.

    Anyone got an RSP?

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