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    A place I have driven by a fair few times and often wondered about. Finding this Forum reignited that wonder. I had heard of an airfield of sorts behind the tree's to the right of the road heading into Salisbury on the A360 just before coming t Druids Lodge.

    Here: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=sali...fox-a&t=h&z=15

    Found this website which mentioned it and another, any other known facts or info?

    Here: http://www.wellho.co.uk/share/druidslodge.html

    Have found it hard to find out anything about either so far.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Oatlands Hill (SU095408 N51.09.47 W 01.52.4...in the angle between the A360 and the A303 ...used from 1941 till May 46 . Was intended as a satellite for Old Sarum. 41 OTU (1942/43)and later 43 OTU(1944) used the place.

    Not sure if there are still any signs of it left now- back in the 80s there were a couple of Blister hangars still existing .

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    Are these the curved tin, open either side structures? If so I remember two of these one behind the other along the northern line of tree's. Thanks for the info.

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    SmallFry try my website at http://www.atlantikwall.co.uk/atlant...tml/page01.htm the cans you talk about were Blister hangars and I have a photo of one that was left and blew down some years ago. There are some buildings left but most have gone.
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    As for Druids Lodge that was the First World War aerodrome of Lake Down. The water tower was the head of a narrow Gauge railway that linked to the Amesbury to Larkhill line and also linked with WW1 Stonehenge aerodrome and the WW1 horse isolation hospital at Fargo Plantation.

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    All that I can see now is a solitary Nissen which appears to be in its original position:

    http://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/...3&sensor=false

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    Peter

    Look on Google earth and there are two aircraft dispersals or refueling bays on an e-w direction from that hut, the hut was a 22 rifle range. All the Blisters have now gone and some huts in the woods. I don't think there was ever very much there although they did have Mustangs at one time.

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    Thanks Richard. Yes, I did note various hardstands and paved tracks but the Nissen seems to be the only structure visible on current GE views.

    The RAF used the Number 7 Rifle for initial small arms training. This was .22 calbre chambered for Long Rifle rounds and had the weight and sights of the standard service Number 4 Rifle which was .303 calibre.

    Considering the soft recoil of todays service weapons the No4 had a heavy 'kick' and after 30 rounds you had a bruised shoulder.

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    We must have had those in the Cadets?

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    Yes, I think that the ATC (Air Training Corps) and other service cadet forces used them.

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