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Chailey 20 Feb 2010 13:08 #1

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Does anyone have any ideas what this is? I suspect its something to do with fuel but I'm not sure.

It is located HERE at

Cheers

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Chailey 22 Feb 2010 22:30 #2

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RAF Lymington ALG Fuel Pump House

http://www.atlantikwall.co.uk

Lovely when a plan comes together Richard, I would imagine they were ALG style buildings,

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Chailey 23 Feb 2010 21:59 #3

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Hi Richard

Thanks alot for that, really appreciated. I suspected something fuel associated! I wasn't expecting to see another in good condition anywhere - and with no brambles!!!

I wonder what other buildings were designed purely for ALG's?

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Chailey 24 Feb 2010 07:25 #4

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I think the idea of ALG's was that there were none? I was surprised to find this one and more so that you have. The trouble with ALG remains are that they were some of the first put back into farming and most/all remains removed, at Needs Oar Point there are piles of concrete but no buildings.

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Chailey 24 Feb 2010 08:04 #5

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Which begs the question; if Chailey had a fuel pumping facilty - assuming that the output filled aircraft re-fuelling bowsers - what was the input? Was there temporary tankage or bladders for storing fuel brought in by road tanker?

Rowfant (Fuel Depot) was only around 15 miles to the north. There was a mainline railway a couple of miles east.

Chailey was constructed in 1943 on Bower Farm (East Sussex) as an ALG (Advanced Landing Ground) for support of D-Day June 6th 1944 and had three Squadrons of Spitfires flown by Polish Air Force.

I had Chailey - the airfield - further to the north. Is this a pump house to serve the ALG or something else?

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Chailey 19 Mar 2010 12:30 #6

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Your photos are of the fuel pump house which had two large cylindrical fuel tanks alongside. Set side by side. They must have been about eight feet in diameter and about twenty feet long.
As a boy I lived just up the road from the airfield all through the war.
The buildings have now been demolished

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Chailey 20 Mar 2010 06:52 #7

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Thanks Ian, that clarifies things.

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Chailey 09 May 2010 16:47 #8

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Hi all I live next to the two farms that were used as WW2 air strips I own land on the bordrers which I have ploughed unearthing a large volume of rubble, and from a distance there looks to be the base of a building has anyone got large scale plans of the strips? I have the book spit and polish but the maps are to small to be able to identify my property. Thanks

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Chailey 09 May 2010 20:20 #9

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delchip,

There are some aerial photos from the 1946 RAF survey here

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/geography/researchprojects/airphotos-historic/1940/index.html

Zoom in and then navigate to the area you are interested in and click on the green aeroplane symbol to open the picture of that rectangle - It makes sense when you are looking at the site - I hope. This only works for the 1940s sets.

Below is a link to the Chailey airfield frame. You can change the last number to 5205 or 5203 to get the frames each side. The 10 refers to the run and is not consistant, hence the map navigation.

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/geography/researchprojects/sussexairphotos/1940/10-5204.jpg

These photos may be better than the plans as in some cases the actual layout may differ from the plan.

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Chailey 29 Oct 2010 13:56 #10

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Hi, the building shown above is indeed a fuel pumping station. I recently carried out an archaeological survey of the Second World War features left standing on Bower Farm, that included this building. Most of the buildings relating to the airfield have now been demolished, however this one still stands as it was surrounded by rubble banks that make this area of the field too hard to plough. There was an aircraft hanger a short distance away that now only survives as a dip in the field. My Grandfather took over the farm after the airfield was dismantled and it is now run by my uncle. I would be interested if anyone has any maps, stories or photographs relating to the airfield that may help in recording its history.

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