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TOPIC: Andrewsfield / Great Saling

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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Andrewsfield / Great Saling 26 Jul 2009 15:35 #6

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Jim C;28113 wrote: 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?

Just noticed the ATB site plans are now handled by Motorbooks and as you say are £4 + £4 post. My last ATB price list (2007) has them at £2 +80p.
I make that an increase of 180% in two years :shock:.

Graham

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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:.

Andrewsfield / Great Saling 26 Jul 2009 15:43 #7

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Re; ATB plans: I bought one from them a few years back and the plastic cover was filthy and the plan was grubby as well (not enough to worry about). Ithink it must have come from the shop in Cecil court which is where I used to get them the previous decade. I think they are selling their original stock as I thought they were long out of print or sold to another company that doesn't seem to want to sell any.

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Andrewsfield / Great Saling 22 Nov 2009 23:54 #8

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Andrewsfield / Great Saling 23 Nov 2009 01:19 #9

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TommyUSA;27903 wrote: 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


Hi Tommy,

Division/Group fin markings hadn't been introduced at that period, coming in during July-August 43.
The B-17F in the photo is indeed 42-3123 "Ron Chee" of the 96BG, later transferred to the 381BG.
I've attached another photo showing the B-17 and the working party, from the LIFE archives.

All the best,
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Andrewsfield / Great Saling 14 Jan 2010 18:50 #10

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Re those great photos at the beginning of this thread, try Googling Tony Caruso New York and some interesting stuff comes up! Maybe not the same guy, of course.

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