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TOPIC: Cowdray Park

Cowdray Park 24 Jun 2011 20:19 #1

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I keep reading that four Ansons were moved to Cowdray Park between April and October 1944, from the photography school at Ford, for example, I think Action Stations 9 and 10 include this info, – sorry, can’t find the quotes just at the moment! Problem is, none of the veterans helping with my research who were at Cowdray agree, although one pilot remembers Ansons flying in occasionally, they all insist they were not maintained/kept there. They were very different to the Albacores, Swordfish and Walruses stored there so they would surely have been very memorable. Has anyone found these four Ansons anywhere else in the course of their research?! I have just one number, MG700 - only because an ATC Cadet took a flight in it from Cowdray around D-Day.

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Cowdray Park 24 Jun 2011 21:34 #2

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According to FAA Aircraft 1939-45, MG700 was taken on charge at Ford on 5 Feb 44. No other details are recorded.

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Cowdray Park 25 Jun 2011 12:03 #3

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Dave Smith;77652 wrote: According to FAA Aircraft 1939-45, MG700 was taken on charge at Ford on 5 Feb 44. No other details are recorded.


Thanks Dave, I will make a note of that. I've just found another note I took down at Yeovilton couple of months back.

The RN School of Photography aircraft moved in from Ford between date (can't read my writing) to 13th October 1944, four Ansons and the one remaining Seal (K4225).

Airfield Review no. 99, July 2003. (MB)

Who is MB?

I can certainly vouch for the Seal as someone mentioned it was used for training, on the ground.

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Cowdray Park 25 Jun 2011 12:07 #4

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LysanderG;77687 wrote: Airfield Review no. 99, July 2003. (MB) Who is MB?

Mick Burrows.

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Cowdray Park 26 Jun 2011 18:34 #5

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Of course.... thanks!

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Cowdray Park 21 Feb 2012 00:06 #6

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An undated photo taken at Cowdray Park. Photo Courtesy of the Fleet Air Arm Museum via AiX-ARG Archives

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Cowdray Park 21 Feb 2012 12:00 #7

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Wow, those Dutch Barns were small! No wonder I couldn't spot them on a fuzzy aerial photo.

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Cowdray Park 23 Mar 2012 20:07 #8

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These images were taken by LysanderG with Landowners permission

Eastern gate - this is the eastern entrance to the polo grounds today, taken from the Selham Road looking south

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Hangar by railway line - this is the last remaining aircraft hangar, located next to the old branch line that ran between Midhurst and Pulborough

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Swath moor - showing Swath Moor Barn that predates the airfield, looking towards the Selham Road. The vehicular entrance to the base passed between these two sheds that comprise the barn. Just visible is the MT Section, the only other surviving 'hangar' from RNAS Cowdray Park

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Dutch barn hangar footing with aircraft hangar near railway The long wooden building is the polo clubhouse - nothing to do with WWII.

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Cowdray Park 24 Mar 2012 08:33 #9

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Having computer probs (think motherboard on way out !) so didnt add any text last night.
According to Willis/Hollis...
E/W was 750yds
N/S was 550yds
And they said a total of 25 20x40 foot Dutch Barns
Lovely flat area - one can see why it had been earmarked as a minor/secondary landing ground although I think may have been used as a landing ground by the landowner previously !
Interestingly W/H have marked the wrong side of the road as the landing ground.

rgds baz

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Cowdray Park 24 Mar 2012 11:34 #10

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Unlike a lot of airfield buildings those barns look just like....... barns. I wonder how many Admiralty ones have been overlooked over the decades?

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