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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis. View Post
    Fantastic reading and pics. I wish my father was still alive, he worked for Reid and Sigrist at Desford Airfield throughout the war years. He was an AID approved engine fitter working mainly on the Gypsy moth and Merlin engines. I was only very young back then but still remember some of the stories he used to tell, all just part of life at the time, but now important history. I still have many items relating to his time there, but no photographs, They are on loan at a local Vintage and classic flight museum that I am a member of here in Tauranga New Zealand.
    Hi Dennis. Welcome to AiX. Have you taken any photographs of the Desford items you mentioned at the Flight Museum? Would be great to see them.
    Here's another pic from inside the Reid and Sigrist Hangar.

    (Many thanks to Nigel Bailey-Underwood for sending me this photo)
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    Photo of Desford taken in 1951 courtesy of the Leicester Mercury -

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    Hi all,

    I'm trying to find some info and good photos of the Aerodrome from WWII. I'm researching my Nan's life (Who passed away 3 weeks ago) She lived in Ellistown and repaired the Spitfires and Defiants during the war. She told me about her work and about Alex Henshaw testing them and flying them through the hangers.

    If anyone has some photos or info they can share it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,
    Neil

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    Hi Neil,

    Sorry to hear about your Nan. This book is excellent and features lots and lots of great info regarding Desford's wartime years -

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aviation-Lei.../dp/1857800893

    Also worth checking out -

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Leicestershi.../dp/1853068004

    and it may be worth getting in touch with John - the guy who runs this website in the link below. He used to work at the airfield and has huge knowledge on the airfield. -

    http://www.leicestershire-aviation.co.uk/

    Hope this helps,
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    Thanks Steve, I have emailed John, so fingers crossed. I'm grateful for anything. Any photo's like the ones above are ideal. If there is any video footage that you could think of that would be a massive help!

    Thanks, Neil

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    Can anyone tell me if anything remains today from the WWII site?

    TIA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carnaby View Post
    Can anyone tell me if anything remains today from the WWII site?

    TIA
    A fair amount considering how many new buildings have sprung up over the years

    25 yard range-
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=desf...ngdom&t=h&z=21

    Hangars and work shops -
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=desf...ngdom&t=h&z=18

    Transformer building-
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=desf...ngdom&t=h&z=21

    Hangars -
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=desf...ngdom&t=h&z=18

    Squash Court-
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=desf...ngdom&t=h&z=21

    Boiler House -
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=desf...ngdom&t=h&z=21

    Bellman Hangar and Blister -
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=desf...ngdom&t=h&z=19

    Air raid shelters -
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=desf...ngdom&t=h&z=20

    This must be an old photo as this Ablutions Block was demolished several years ago now sadly -
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=desf...ngdom&t=h&z=21

    Hope these help
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevie View Post
    A fair amount considering how many new buildings have sprung up over the years

    Hope these help
    Excellent Steve. Thanks

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    A couple more from Desford that I've taken recently featuring a couple of photos of buildings that haven't previously appeared in this thread -

    Blister Hangar -

    Bellman Hangar, much modified -


    Cheers
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    Last edited by stevie; 17-11-2012 at 20:34.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis. View Post
    Fantastic reading and pics. I wish my father was still alive, he worked for Reid and Sigrist at Desford Airfield throughout the war years. He was an AID approved engine fitter working mainly on the Gypsy moth and Merlin engines. I was only very young back then but still remember some of the stories he used to tell, all just part of life at the time, but now important history. I still have many items relating to his time there, but no photographs, They are on loan at a local Vintage and classic flight museum that I am a member of here in Tauranga New Zealand.
    we have the original aluminium down lights from this hanger when we took over use of this building, they are of no use to us, does anybody know if there are there dedicated auctions or sale sites for this kind of Memorabilia. Any help would be appreciated.

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