Sites to be identified
Over the twenty plus years of research, before starting on making entries to the web-site in late 2014, I have acquired and been sent hundreds of photographs and illustrations. Most of which are easy enough to identify given the knowledge I have gained, and of course, most of these have been captioned. But, there are a few pictures I cannot identify, hence this section of the 'Guide' which is thrown open for help and advice. Also, over the years when flying around the UK in a light aircraft I have also taken pictures, especially of private strips, which I cannot identify by name - and these are included too.
If anybody can help in identifying these sites, do please contact me by e-mail..
The first entry: Picture 0007
The second entry: Picture 0010
The third entry. Picture 0014
NOTE: On a flight from EARLS COLNE to South Yorkshire in July 2015 we spotted this airstrip just west of NORTH MOOR private airstrip in LINCOLNSHIRE. Can anybody identify it and provide information?
The fourth entry: Picture 0017
NOTE: I can remember so much about this job, when moving the Pitts G-SISS. But I simply cannot remember where I took this picture. I believe this picture was taken at PENTLOW in ESSEX in 2006. Can anybody now confirm this?
The fifth entry. Picture 0018
NOTE: I took this picture in 1987, in the summer and probably in August, or possibly in September according to the developers date. But, my memory has failed completely as to where it was taken. Very little to go on in terms of background, but it appears that the Varsity in the background was probably operational? Can anybody kindly help here?
The sixth entry: Picture 0020
NOTE: And another. This picture has rested undisturbed in my collection for many years, possibly up to twenty years. And for some reason was never captioned and is a trannie in a blank mount. I am certain I took the picture but simply cannot remember when and where it was taken. I have a few ideas of course, but, cannot see any evidence to convince me for the purposes of this 'Guide'. Can anybody help?
The seventh entry: Picture 0021
NOTE: From 1999 I started keeping a log of the aircraft I had moved. However I was keeping this log on a floppy disc which self-destructed. I was keeping a back-up, but not often enough!
In late 2016 I came across this picture of the Pitts S-1D G-BKVP which for some reason I have no recollection of moving, except that I have an inkling that this picture was taken in SUFFOLK. It is quite odd looking back at pictures of aircraft I have moved taken over many years. Some I have a clear memory of, and others not the foggiest idea, except for the picture providing an aide memoir.
This case is a rare exception in as much that I have no idea whatsoever if I was collecting the Pitts or delivering it. This said, on a move such as this it often entailed a very long day, leaving London early and arriving back very late. All quite legal if I wasn't driving the day before or the day after. Very tiring circumstances that often render the memory defunct.
The eighth entry: Picture 0023
I now have no idea when and where I purchased this photograph, it was many years ago. The only possible clue is a pencilled inscription on the back - "John Milne, P.F.A. Aberdeen."
The ninth entry: Picture 0025
And another picture I now have no idea about. I have tried to wrack what little is left of my mind and memory, tried to find a match, but failed dismally.
The tenth entry: Picture 0026
I thought I could quite quickly identify the location for this picture, acquired over the years and with no information. But the more I looked the more I realised that it could well be a thankless task - nothing seemed to match. The problem being of course that so much changes over several decades. I imagine that this picture was taken in the 1960s?
The eleventh entry:
In October 2017 I was looking for a private airstrip in the south central part of the Isle of Wight on Google Earth and was astonished to find a feature looking exactly like the evidence of a typical WW2 'hard' runway - width 46m and a length of at least 1000m. It is NE of Chale and NW of Niton. Can anybody kindly offer advice?
The twelvth entry
Also in October 2017 I was sent this picture from a postcard by Mike Charlton. It shows the Spitfire LF.MkXVIe SL721 used as a personal transport by Air Chief Marshall Sir James Robb, probably between 1944 and 1947? With his code JMR. But, where was this picture taken? Any ideas?
The thirteenth entry
And another picture from a postcard from Mike Charlton. The only clue appears to be the nose of a B.17 Fortress in the top right-hand corner with the start of a name, and it seems, four missions so far.
I am pretty certain that somebody somewhere can identify this aircraft and place it at an airfield in the U.K. But, would such a person be looking at this 'Guide'?
The fourteenth entry
Yet another picture from a postcard from Mike Charlton. I feel I really should, by now in 2018, be able to identify this aerodrome. There are so many clues. But, wracking my little brain has failed dismally. Can anybody kindly help?
The fifteenth entry
COOMBE PARK, BERKSHIRE
In January 2018 I was contacted by Denis Pibworth who asked if I had any information, especially as there appears to be a set of six 'approach light' masts leading into the site from the west.
I could give him no information at all, but, looking at the site on Google Earth there certainly appears to be evidence of a pre-existing runway, orientated 07/25 and 600 metres long. These masts do not line up with the 'runway' but, could they have been used to guide helicopters?
It also appears that Coombe Park was used as a Rest & Recuperation centre for USAAF aircrew during WW2 and possibly a bit later. Therefore, the possibility of an airstrip for use by USAAF / USAF liaison aircraft surely cannot be ruled out, especially if the strip was prepared by the use of rollers etc.
Note: This is a picture I took of a photograph displayed in the Science Museum, London. It feels familiar, but I cannot place it.
Note: Another picture taken of a photograph in the Science Museum, London. Knowing how much knowledge exists 'out there' it seemed worthwhile to include this.
Note: Yet another picture of a photograph in the Science Museum. A Royal Aircraft Factory DH.2, designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and known as 'The spinning incinerator'.
Note: Here again, another picture of a photograph in the Science Museum. This time of the Hill Pterodactyl 1A undertaking trials in 1925. This looks to me like a beach scene rather than an aerodrome, and flying from beaches was often favoured for all sorts of reasons almost from the start of British powered aviation. Mainly I suppose because so many beaches provided a much larger area, and indeed, were much smoother than many grass aerodromes.
Scanned from the excellent book Cornwall Aviation Company by Ted Chapman, this picture c/o D W Philips, and almost certainly of the DH83 Fox Moth G-ABUP, has the Handley Page W10 airliner G-EBMR beyond. Almost certainly taken in 1932 and with almost nothing else to go on, can this location be identified?
Note: This picture from a postcard was kindly sent by Mike Charlton. Ex-B3067 it was registered to Mr C Hudson on the 1st June 1920 and apparently WFU (Withdrawn From Use) on the 27th May 1921. I suspect it might have been used for 'Joy-ride' flights? Can anybody kindly give any advice?