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Polebrook 23 Apr 2008 21:15 #1

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Here is an excellent vintage film clip of a 351st BG taking off from Polebrook
airfield. Be sure not to miss the ground crew guy on the bicycle peddling next to a taxiing B-17.

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Polebrook 23 Apr 2008 21:30 #2

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That's very good, love contemporary footage like that. Thanks.

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Polebrook 23 Apr 2008 21:48 #3

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Superb footage. Cheers for posting.

I assume it was an official USAAF team who took this?

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Polebrook 25 Apr 2008 10:00 #4

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These shots taken a couple of years ago... incidentally we locals definitely consider Northamptonshire to be East Midlands, not West Midlands, which is why I'm posting in this forum and not WM!

Landowners here are happy with people having a wander around - they regularly get veterans and relatives of veterans visiting to have a look-see.

The main technical site is now mostly overgrown and demolished but does reward some careful exploration. Remains of one of the paths... you can imagine the edging gleaming white after some poor airman has painted the stones!

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Most buildings are reduced to foundations only:

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There are lots of air raid shelters dotted about:

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I forget now, but think this was the remains of the sergeants' mess:

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Polebrook 25 Apr 2008 10:05 #5

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The memorial lies further away on the east side of the site, on the last small stretch of runway that remains:

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A walk around the southern perimeter of the airfield past the Thor missile site will find a few pillboxes:

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...keep going and you'll find another cold war relic, the Royal Observer Corps bunker, hidden in these trees:

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Sadly, it's flooded:

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...and rabbits are doing a good job of digging it out too!

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Polebrook 25 Apr 2008 11:02 #6

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On the way back, another pillbox - unusually, double level:

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Returning via the Thor site... what's left has been mostly buried under rubbish including lots of tires but in recent years the farmer has unearthed one of the launch pads and it's in fairly good nick bar the obvious lack of any fittings.

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And finally the Battle HQ, in a field corner across the road from the memorial:

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Polebrook 25 Apr 2008 14:22 #7

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Interesting photo's. I bet the battle HQ was flooded as well!

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Polebrook 25 Apr 2008 14:55 #8

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Did you sign the book?



And when we went, if was flooded to a depth of about 2 feet.

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Polebrook 25 Apr 2008 17:31 #9

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Sure did sign the book... the BHQ didn't appear flooded when I visited, but the interior did not look inviting - pitch black for a start - so I didn't bother!

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HI Damien

Welcome along to the forum.

Some really good photos there (particalarly like the first photo, such an atmospheric shot), it is nice to see some airfields from other parts of the country that I've not yet visited. The memorial looks really nice as well.

Richard

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