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Boxted 26 Apr 2008 21:46 #1

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Interesting contemporary footage of Boxted airfield.

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Boxted 30 Apr 2008 18:39 #2

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Went to Boxted yesterday and took these photos

Memorial situated on main runway

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Runway lights on memorial

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Light bases upside down behind memorial

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This is the remains of the runway

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Perimeter Track

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Boxted 30 Apr 2008 18:43 #3

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Great photos there mate, a fantastic memorial that. I believe REF is down that way today so I've no doubt we'll see his offerings later!

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Boxted 26 May 2008 17:32 #4

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Great pictures of the memorial.

Unfortunately there is a problem (he says putting his anorak on).

Something not quite right about the runway light. In late 1944 Boxted was on the Air Ministry's list as 'Contact Lighting Definitely Required'. This should mean that it didn't have it, as there are other categories including, 'Complete and Working', and 'WIP'.

The overhead in 'UK Airfields of the Ninth, Then and Now' clearly shows newly installed lighting on Boxted's main runway as at 4 Sept 1943. OK the Air Ministry got it wrong.

However the lighting units should be C3s (post 1942 style), either Chance or GEC manufactured, and have the appropriate wording, e.g. 'The General Electric Co Ltd - London' in large letters cast into the casing.

This particular unit looks more like a C1 Chance unit which was obsolete by 1940. It carried no inscriptions. (During 1940 and 1941 an intermediate star-shaped runway unit was used, the C2 - these are reasonably common).

It is also rare to find any contact fitting with the glass still intact.

Another mystery to make life interesting (anorak off)

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Boxted 26 May 2008 18:39 #5

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must admit I was suprised too by those Stone Age light fittings, wonder where they came from?

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