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Andrewsfield / Great Saling 12 Jul 2009 21:08 #1

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Had a quick look around on Friday and took some photos.Not much left there now but good to see there is a thriving flying club keeping the old airfield alive.

Next to one of the memorials ....

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...there is a big lump of concrete,from the remains of a runway or perimeter track,propped up against a tree with the inscription written by hand -
' ..ny (Tony?) Caruso (Br)ooklyn New York April 24 1943'
I'm guessing he was a member of one of the 819th/816th Aviation Engineer Battalions who built the airfield.The date was when the airfield opened.

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Perimeter track at bottom of NW/SE runway

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Remaining section of NE/SW runway

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Current grass runway follows the line of old main runway

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Here's a link for the history of the airfield
[URL="http://http://www.andrewsfield.com/history.htm"]http://www.andrewsfield.com/history.htm[/URL]

Amazing how much of the airfield still shows up on aerial shots!

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Andrewsfield / Great Saling 22 Jul 2009 20:18 #2

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A few more pics....

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Andrewsfield / Great Saling 22 Jul 2009 20:31 #3

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In the pic with the work party, is the tail letter blacked out (censored maybe)?

What's the tail number... to me it looks like '23123'

The pics with the B-17s must be from May-June 1943 when there were B-17s at the base...

Tommy

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Andrewsfield / Great Saling 22 Jul 2009 20:44 #4

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Nice photos Jim, while you were there did you go to any of the dispersed sites?

Whe I visited in March 2009 there were a couple of buildings on Site 2 and one on Site 8.

The water Tower at Site 3 is still there but it is not in the original location.

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Andrewsfield / Great Saling 26 Jul 2009 08:08 #5

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Richard,

Nice photos on your website.I didn't have a look at any of the dispersed sites as I don't have an airfield plan!
I noticed the plans for sale from Motor Books come in two parts,one a location/site and one for dispersed sites.They seem very expensive to me,when you add the cost of p&P (£4.00!) Maybe that gripe has been covered in another thread?

Jim.

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