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TOPIC: Llanbedr

Llanbedr 15 May 2008 13:17 #1

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A report in the travel section of the Sunday Times , 11th May , reports that environmentalists have reacted angrily to plans for a new airport in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park . They say that the Welsh Assembly's decision to allow redevelopment of the Llanbedr military airfield near Harlech is 'contary to their statutory duty to conserve the landscape ' .

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Llanbedr 12 Aug 2008 19:38 #2

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Hi there,

Can anyone give me the Air Ministry drawing numbers for the following WW2 buildings at RAF Llanbedr?

Watch office for all commands, but which variant?
Night Flying Equipment store immediately to E of watch office
?MT garage immediately to W of watch office
Parachute store to NE of watch office

If someone can tell me how to post images, I will post one of each building too!

Many thanks,

VP

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Llanbedr 12 Aug 2008 19:54 #3

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I'm sure posting to oneself must be a sign of madness! Found out how to attach an image

Watch office


Night Flying Equipment store


? MT store


Parachute store


Any help identifying the above AM drawing numbers most welcome.

Thanks

VP

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Llanbedr 12 Aug 2008 20:12 #4

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MT store is actually a floodlight trailer and tractor shed, found near the tower (usually). The NFE is correct, three bays.

NJR

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Llanbedr 12 Aug 2008 20:14 #5

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Tower type is Watch Office for all Commands, drawing number 12779/41

NJR

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Llanbedr 12 Aug 2008 21:14 #6

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NFE 12411/41
Parachute Store 11137/41

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Llanbedr 13 Aug 2008 10:15 #7

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Thanks so much for the ID information, it is really very helpful. A couple of further questions:

I assume that the Floodlight Trailer and Tractor store is also a variation of AM drawing no. 12411/41? I understand that the usual wall configuration was of four bays with brick piers at 10ft centres. However, the example at Llanbedr appears to have one (end) bay truncated - is this unusual?

Moving on to the Watch Office, I appreciate that the structure has been altered since first constructed. Other than the lovely mint green cladding and modern windows, can anyone tell me what has been removed or altered? I assume the balcony has gone, together with the roof-top railings. Have the windows been modified to AM drawing 343/43? Can you suggest examples of classic 12779/41 and 343/43 watch offices in the UK that survive in good condition and have not been altered that I can use for comparison purposes?

Finally, does anyone have copies of the original AM drawings mentioned in this thread that I can have in order to obtain building dimensions?

Thanks very much,

VP

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Llanbedr 18 Dec 2008 15:59 #8

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I note it was a V-bomber dispersed station up to 1966, with two pads and the turnaround loop still in place.
Any idea which squadron was to have used it?

All the best,
PB

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Llanbedr 27 Dec 2008 22:52 #9

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Hi all
Here are some photos what i took from 2006 of llanbedr.












More to come if any of interest.

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Llanbedr 01 Feb 2009 18:16 #10

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PJH wrote: I used to pay fairly regular visits from work and, apart from Jindivik flights (2-3 a day maximum), training flights for the Hawk and Alpha Jet shepherd aircraft, and the occasional comms flight and visitor, there was never much activity. I can't see there's much need for tourism flights - Caernarfon (Llandwrog) does these and it doesn't amount to much. Similarly there's no real industry in the area to attract flights.

I had a chalet on Garreg Wen which overlooked the airfield and there was some night-flying there. Noisy night-flying.

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