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    hi all,
    any ex raf jurby guys out there?i was based @ jurby nov63-dec65,i was a radar op on the bombing range,we used a decca acr7,to watch for the splash of the bombs and from this we could tell how accurate the drop had been.
    most of the aircraft were from the usaf,voodoos,a7 corsairs,b52s,we also had vulcans,canberras,victors,pembrokes. the last day of my service @the cronk,we had a voodoo on range,and i got the pilot to drop a 25lb practice bomb 20yds off shore and when the tide went out,i was able to retrieve it,and now use it as a door stop,during the summer months.

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    I think you mean RAF Jurby Head. The range also had the most number (as far as I know) in the British Isles of atomic weapons dropped on on it - abiet inert. I have photos of the range towers and the Decca radar vans etc. I have also written a book on the history of RAF Jurby, that includes RAF Jurby Head, the other ranges and the ASR unit at Ramsey (which was part of Jurby Head).

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    paul,no i meant raf jurby.that was the unit on my posting order,we lived in the billets just behind what used to be the officers mess.
    because the officer cadet unit had closed down,we used the officers mess as our dining place,and because the civvies who were still employed until the closure in early 64,we were treated to silver service waiter standard.the unit then moved to the old airsea rescue place in ramsey,and the personnel were billeted in a small holiday hotel on the outskirts of ramsey/laxey rd.
    flt lt JOHN CONNING a victor pilot was doing a ground tour as the unit co,a 1st class officer firm but fair.
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    I stand corrected.

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    Hi folks, nice to see a bit of chat, I'd love to have seen the 25pounder. I've caught a few 3-4 pounders (fish) out at the targets. How my Dad knew when it was safe to go out there I'll never know.
    I have fired a Bofors at an Oildrum target in the 1940-50s. Good fun, very noisy and I was VERY surprised to find that I could see the (tracer) round all the way to the target (nearly).

    I was the secretary of the Andreas Racing Association motorcycle racing club. I am now the President. Shows how very old I am.
    I will attach a copy of our badge and from this you will see that we never got to use Andreas Aifield but got the use of Jurby AND Jurby ROAD circuit as well.

    Look at Google Earth and Jurby Airfield and you will see our competitors at the end of the main runway, using it as a paddock.
    Track straight off the airfield onto the road outside and move to the right and then in a large road triangle going anti-clock. Seven riders are visible on the road, no other traffic is on the road as there is a Road Closing order in effect. The circuit on the road is 4.25 miles long, laps speeds are over 113mph and fastest speed recorded thus far is 185mph.

    date of Google depiction is July 2006.

    I have flown from Jurby in A Percival Prentice, an Avro Anson, a Slingsby Sedburgh glider and, whilst in the R.A.F. in a Vickers Varsity to RAF Ternhill where I was stationed. A Golden Hitch as I had missed the boat back to England and otherwise would have been AWOL.
    The Varsity had come over to replace a prop on a Percival Provost from my camp, which had been performing for the Battle of Britain day. It had been taxying in and dropped a wheel in an athletics sand pit. A few extra revs and woopsey, on the nose and a bent prop.
    I don't think the engine was damaged.
    I even got a schoolmate to ride my motorbike back home for me.
    Wow.

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    5 photos hopefully. recent ones of Jurby
    1 - update on control tower repairs
    2 - hangar front-blue wall is crash bags for m/c race
    3- funny Nissen hut and tall building
    4 - back of Guardhouse
    5-remaining half of MT section
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    further shot as last message had max 5 shots
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    The third photo has an unusual type of 'nissen' hut.

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    Great all systems go.
    Is the hangar ww2 style ? I think this contains quite a few kites including a 1/1 scale model Spitfire and a DH Moth of a 4seat cabin type (Puss Moth?0

    What is the large barn structure in the nissen hut photo? I don't think it is wartime issue.

    There is still a bomb dump across the airfield which I will try and get to, racing bikes permitting.

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    The large barn is the turret instructional building, buit in 1939 / 1940. Check out my five books on military IoM availble from the museum in Douglas.

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