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A plane target! 16 Sep 2009 15:07 #1

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Anyone seen one this detailed before?
This is on Crichel Down

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A plane target! 16 Sep 2009 15:12 #2

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amazing, any evidence of it today?

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A plane target! 16 Sep 2009 15:37 #3

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Sadly, no. It would be around ST957113 if it was but ploughing has taken its toll.

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A plane target! 16 Sep 2009 17:11 #4

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A useful 1940 document , complete with site plan - but without the aeroplane.

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Plan A is always more effective when the problem you are working on understands that Plan B will involve the use of dynamite :twisted:.

A plane target! 16 Sep 2009 17:13 #5

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Where are you getting these old B&W images? I live about three miles south of Chritchel Down. Our nabour lived out there and as a child in WW1 he used to read the casualty figures in the paper and the only way his young head could get around the large numbers was to imagine that many head of sheep! he said that he hated looking at fields of sheep even today. That was before he died. He was an armaments fitter in the RAF in WW2 on bomber stations.

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A plane target! 16 Sep 2009 17:51 #6

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Hmm I assume thats what happens when you apply Crichel Down Rules, all traces of military occupation are removed before giving back to the original land owner. I assume this bombing range was the 1954 test case for the infamous anti-archaeology rule.

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You can tell a builder from an archaeologist by the size of his trowel. Mine is a small one!

A plane target! 16 Sep 2009 18:14 #7

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Graham - Thanks for the document link. It's a shame it's not a detailed plan as the range had a number of parallel lines which I assume were walls of some sort?

Richard - The aerials were picked up via this site:

explorer.geowessex.com/

If you select the 1946 layer it gives you a dot where the centre of frame is and once selected it gives you a link to a JPG of that frame. It is a bit fickle as some don't work.

Paul - I assume this is the same place as the legal case as it does refer to requisitioned land. I glaze over when I start to read legal related stuff so I didn't take in the details of the case. That's why I find reading John Grisham in bed gives me a good nights sleep :)

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A plane target! 16 Sep 2009 20:28 #8

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Yes its the same place, Major Martin.

Thank you Peter I had seen them and as usually forgotten all about them, I have just found Arne HAA site and its still there and looks pretty complete when you look on Wheresthepath OS maps, so thats another trip out to find it in the winter, no Adders.

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A plane target! 31 May 2010 11:44 #9

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Just a thought, but could the plane be a directional device rather than a target, especially as it would appear to be too close the the edge of the danger area?

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A plane target! 29 Sep 2017 18:10 #10

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An A&AEE document refers to the aeroplane as a "special target" but no further explanation.
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