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Earls Barton 28 May 2013 07:16 #1

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This was to the NE of the village near a water tower field now crossed by HT pylons . Used for practice forced landings by Tiger Moths to escape Sywells busy circuit from late 1941. Also used pre-war by aircraft from Upper Heyford.

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Earls Barton 30 May 2013 16:46 #2

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Hi T-21, I've been trying to pin down the location for years. I can see the water tower and power lines on the OS map. Could you confirm the grid reference please?

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Earls Barton 31 May 2013 19:48 #3

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Hello PJH, Unfortunately I do not have any further details. Perhaps Hendon or Kew records might have further details under 6 EFTS Sywell archives. The article I read said it was a large field rented from farmer Dunkley to the NE of the church near a disused water tower. it was used for power off approaches and landings .

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Earls Barton 03 Jun 2013 12:41 #5

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T-21;126921 wrote: Hello PJH, Unfortunately I do not have any further details. Perhaps Hendon or Kew records might have further details under 6 EFTS Sywell archives. The article I read said it was a large field rented from farmer Dunkley to the NE of the church near a disused water tower. it was used for power off approaches and landings .


Unfortunately the Kew 6 EFTS records don't shed any light on its location. Nevertheless, thanks for providing a steer.

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Earls Barton 17 May 2018 16:14 #6

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In The Air Pilot Monthly Supplement for May 1938 (APMS 54) it says that a mobile RAF beacon has been set up at Earls Barton at the RAF ELG. The location was given as 52° 16' N. 0° 43'W. The beacon flashed the code BE in red for a period og about 10 seconds and was visible for about 7 miles.

Sawbridgeworth and Horton Kirby were the other two listed as RAF ELG's. Both of these were know for RAF use with Horton Kirby being a CAG aerodrome.

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Earls Barton 17 May 2018 20:25 #7

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I copied the lat/Long into Google Earth, and came up with this (after deleting the Full Stop after the N):

imgur.com/a/yotDbAT

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Earls Barton 17 May 2018 20:59 #8

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That's what I have, although the location lack the seconds so could be many yards from there. I think the location is where T-21 said it was back on 31 May 2013. Google Earth has a "1945" layer for this and the fields west of the lat/long as though they might have been a landing area, assuming the aerial photo hasn't been doctored.

I had a look at the ABCT website and it looks like they have the wrong place entirely so this may add to the confusion.

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