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Notes: This map only gives the location that I think might have been the factory site? If anybody can kindly offer advice, this will be much appreciated. 


NEEDHAM MARKET: Company helipad
 

NOTES: There are many times when I need to pinch myself and ask if I’m imagining discovering some of this stuff. It all seems so unlikely. However, this information comes from a very respectable source and the report is this; from July to September 1978 URSUS-BIZON (GB) Ltd, (a Polish combine harvester company), based a Mil Mi.2 helicopter SP-SEG, (military serial 544538125), at their base in Needham Market. It’s task was to fly spare parts to farms when their combine harvesters had broken down! This happening during the so-called ‘Cold War’.

 

This said it was during this period that British trucks were travelling through the Eastern Bloc countries to the Middle East. Indeed, I first drove a truck to Greece at around this time, through East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Yugoslavia. So I suppose this proves that the ‘Cold War’ was melting at quite a considerable rate. Thinking back this all starts making sense. Cheap obsolete MAN trucks badged ‘ROMAN’ were being imported, as were the first LADA and SKODA cars. I brought my first ‘Zenith’ SLR camera from the ‘Russian shop’ in Holborn, central London, and was complimented on the results by people using top-notch Cannon and Nikon kit.

 

 

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