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Chipping Ongar / Willingale 03 Sep 2008 21:03 #1

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Whats at Chipping Ongar?
Can anyone tell me what else except the peri track near which the airstrip is exists, is there any structures left and what of a memorial.

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Chipping Ongar / Willingale 04 Sep 2008 20:28 #2

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Have a look at this link.....

http://www.wartime-airfields.com/id18.html

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Chipping Ongar / Willingale 04 Sep 2008 20:59 #3

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Thanks Jim, i'll get hunting these down when i next visit the site.

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Chipping Ongar / Willingale 06 Sep 2008 14:43 #4

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As far as memorials go, unusually there isn't a typical 'flash' USAAF memorial.
In the adjacent village of Willingale, the war memorial in the churchyard has one face engraved as a memorial to the airfield servicemen, whilst there are framed items within the church itself.

Peter

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Chipping Ongar / Willingale 08 Sep 2008 15:58 #5

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Our group the HAMG, responsible for building two airfield memorials in the area, have looked at Willingale closely.

We did draw up plans and came up with an acceptable design, and actually got around to selecting the only possible site to place a suitable airfield memorial. To us, it is no good just dumping a memorial anywhere, we take great pains to select the right place in our collective mind. We were going to do this in conjuction of another interested group who hold two prop blades from a Willingale based Marauder. these were to have been used in the memorial, after months of negotiations the whole idea came to a halt with the other party failing to maintain contact.

The trouble with Willingale/Chipping Ongar is that there is nowhere, apart from the selected location, that you could place it safely. The land is private apart from the usual rights of way. No one apart from dog walkers would see it!

The old main entrance is out of the question, as there is nowhere to stop and admire it due to the narrowness of the public road. All in all Willingale is a quite remote site with only one public road almost half a mile to the east. The other road is to the North of the site but is unsuitable in the way of security for a memorial.
Maybe one day it will get its long deserved memorial to the 'Tigertails'

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