Welcome to AiX phantomstreaker!
And welcome to the forum from another ex rigger (still riggering as a civvy LOL)
Welcome to AiX phantomstreaker!
Welcome to AiX phantomstreaker, plenty to see in your area.
Welcome to the forum phantomstreaker.
I'm an expatriate (b. Carlisle); emigrated 9175, now retired. One of my main interests is postal history (which stands for collector of complete envelopes allowing analysis and understanding of postal routes, rates, etc.) I have joined this forum to get more information on former RAF stations in Cumberland. Having collected Carlisle area for three decades, I have only come across two envelopes addressed to RAF Silloth and none that could be identified as originating there. Does anyone have any information that would help?
Welcome to AiX XLPE.
Personal mail would always be important to servicemen at airfields and just about every military airfield had a postal clerk and often a post office. In my experience , by agreement with the local civil Post Office. mail with an address line for the airfield was held post restante and collected daily by a clerk from the airfield. Similiarly, outgoing mail was collected at the airfield and delivered to the local Post Office where it was franked and dispatched. This would result in the envelope NOT bearing any identification of the RAF Unit (Airfield).
Not my line but perhaps we have some AiX members who know more of how it worked during WW2 allowing for the military censor too!
Just joined up to see if l can find out any more information about my Father's time with the RAF.
He was based at Brize Norton with 2 SFTS between November 1940 and April 1941 but l can find no details at Kew or anywhere else.
I know On 29th December 1940 at 11.00AM, Leading Aircraftman Ken Fenton was involved in an accident involving Airspeed Oxford R6357, whose engine cut out on a low flying exercise. The aircraft was turning to port when the engine started to vibrate seriously and lost power, the pilot, P/O D Iveson, was unable to regain lateral level and height from the turn, the aircraft lost height and struck a tree before striking the ground and crashed near Tadpole Bridge, 2½ miles South of Bampton, Oxfordshire. Does anyone know where this happened?
Obviously linked to Tadpole Bridge as described here. Have you seen the web site 'Derelition of the Shires' which also descibes describes this decoy airfield.
Just wanted to say. I see you're up my neck of the woods, or what was before I moved to Sweden.
Broadwell/Brize was just about the limit of my exploration into Oxfordshire back in the 80's/90's so I was lucky to see Broadwell before it changed too much and started to get dug up.
I'm planning a big 3 week long trip home this June and hope to take a mooch round Broadwell, Windrush and a few others to see what's changed since I was a kid.
Hello again all
Happliy returning after being off the radar for far too long due to a "terminally ill 6 yr old laptop" and a lack of funds to purchase a new one - until recently!
My main interest is Bomber Command airfields, No 4 Gp and No 78 Sqn in particular
I own a house in the middle of Bomber County, but also work in South East Oxfordshire on the above named Sqn - which until both 10 Sqn (Voyager) and 51 Sqn (Rivit Joint) officially reform is the only current ex Bomber Command Sqn still operational that flew the Halifax during WWII
Without wishing to blow my own trumpet, in the three years that I've been "here" I have;
Organised a 4 day long reunion for 78 Sqn old boys & families at Breighton two years ago (attended by AIX) This also involved a flypast of all our former WWII bases and a flying (landing on) visit to YAM Elvington. Was part of the team behind the collection of a Halifax propeller unit (LV905 EY-W) from the RNLAF at Vleigbasis Woensdrecht and which now forms part of the 78 Sqn memorial (see Oxfordshire memorials) Organised a flypast of all our former WWI bases last year on our 95th Anniversary (1/11/11) including a return to the actual country house where we formed (Stede Court, nr Harrietsham, Kent) and designed a special 95th anniversary colour scheme for one of our "current charges" Finally, I will hopefully proudly be escorting the No 78 Sqn Standard at the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial on 28th June alongside the 10 or 12 (see above!) other ex Bomber Command Sqns that are still going strong
Just very glad to be back!
"South East Oxfordshire" or Sleaford on alternate w/e's!
Welcome back Tony. Glad to hear the IT poroblem has now gone away. Thanks for the trumpet blowing updates
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