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    Langley airfield013.jpg

    Can anyone confirm if this is Langley as someone suggested it could be Booker or Denham where Airwork were also involved in the 1950s
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    Doesn't look like Booker, don't know about the other two.

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    Langley Ministry of Supply plan 1955 ish?



    GE '1945' view:



    I don't think it is Denham but could be Booker

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    Doesn't look like Booker either.

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    Actually I wonder if it is the set of hangars in the woods with the white circular concrete nearby?

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    Default Re: Langley

    I think that you are right.

    I found it difficult to match the old views with the current.

    The wood in which that cluster of hangars is located is (was) named Home Wood and is here:

    http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepat...z=17&oz=7&gt=1

    Oddly, I can't see any structures recorded on old OS maps from mid 20's through mid '50's but maybe I'm looking in the wrong place!

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    Peter the Homewood site was where Airwork were located at Langley to start with - At least it was called the Homewood site which was in or near woods.

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    That should clinch it then. Your photograph is Langley (Bristol) and the buildings were on the west edge of Home Wood.

    What date?

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    Thanks Peter - unfortunately I do not have a date but it is either late 1940s or early 1950s.

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    The thread seams to have faded with uncertainty. I knew the mapped area well the canal is the Slough arm of the Grand Union. Iver village is located within the "compass rose".
    During the late seventies I spent several years rebuilding a boat on the arm. Ford had the site at that time building trucks and it wasn't uncommon to see a bare chassis with a driver in crash helmet and goggles out on the road

    Some may have not realised that this is 5 miles from Heathrow.

    I think the photo and the maps are the same location with the white concrete spot and buildings, the coincidence of a second location is however possible.
    Denham I have been to, Booker I think I did in '72.

    As for coincidence I discovered the 1945 overlay (or is it underlay) on G earth that covers London whilst looking in the Wisley/Pyrford areas and then kept looking around, Biggin Hill is forming a hard runway.
    Strange that the date that is shown is 1st January 1945 (with the grid ref) whilst still at war though I think it could be later, what I am seeing, as I come from New Malden is no visible bomb damage, cars on the A3. I think I have some homework.

    Alan

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