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MB_Avro_UK
07-16-2007, 04:28 PM
Hi all,

At the weekend I drove from London to the Suffolk/Norfolk borders.

By accident, I noticed a Memorial to US Aircrews and their base. It was positioned in a side road and I almost missed it. (My eyesight is above average of course http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif).

There was no road traffic and I was able to perform a 180.

The Memorial area was hard to explain. It said so much but was not over-the-top if that makes sense.

Here's a pic.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16053.jpg

Here's a nearby village selling fish and chips !

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16050.jpg

Here's part of the airfield. Not much left.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16065.jpg

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

MB_Avro_UK
07-16-2007, 04:28 PM
Hi all,

At the weekend I drove from London to the Suffolk/Norfolk borders.

By accident, I noticed a Memorial to US Aircrews and their base. It was positioned in a side road and I almost missed it. (My eyesight is above average of course http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif).

There was no road traffic and I was able to perform a 180.

The Memorial area was hard to explain. It said so much but was not over-the-top if that makes sense.

Here's a pic.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16053.jpg

Here's a nearby village selling fish and chips !

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16050.jpg

Here's part of the airfield. Not much left.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16065.jpg

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

MB_Avro_UK
07-16-2007, 04:32 PM
This is a close-up:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16051.jpg

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

MB_Avro_UK
07-16-2007, 04:36 PM
Also found the airfield water-tower:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16071.jpg

and here..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16070.jpg

MB_Avro_UK
07-16-2007, 04:40 PM
and here's a machine-gun bunker, still available :

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16073.jpg

more detail:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16055.jpg

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

MB_Avro_UK
07-16-2007, 04:47 PM
More close ups..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16059.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16047.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16054.jpg

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

Edit: just fixed your last link T_O_A_D

berg417448
07-16-2007, 04:54 PM
Duke William looks kinda angry!

MB_Avro_UK
07-16-2007, 05:04 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16045.jpg

zardozid
07-16-2007, 05:58 PM
That's cool man...
I hope one day to travel around England...
I was in London a couple of times on business, and had no time to myself (after the jetlag...)

T_O_A_D
07-16-2007, 06:03 PM
Nice! do you have a full picture of the text on the board?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16059.jpg

Haigotron
07-16-2007, 07:44 PM
very nice pics! a real treasure hunt to find these fields, and see what they are nowadays...imagine over 60 years ago...the hustle and bustle...

now quiet, with only the sheep and cows who compose the sounds of the daily go-abouts

Waldo.Pepper
07-16-2007, 08:19 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16070.jpg

Great pics. How certain are you that this was a water tower?

B16Enk
07-17-2007, 02:21 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Waldo.Pepper:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16070.jpg

Great pics. How certain are you that this was a water tower? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That is typical of the water towers in East Anglia (if not the entire UK) - for example near RAF Alconbury there is an almost identical water tower, but very much dilapidated, it may actually be closer to Peterborough Business Airport.

Nice find MB_Avro

Padser
07-17-2007, 02:55 AM
~S~

next time you're in the area, I strongly recommend you take a look at Parham airfield museum - it's sited in the old control tower of Framlingham Station 153 and gives views over what's left of the main runways and peri tracks, buildings, etc.

http://www.parhamairfieldmuseum.co.uk/

I visited with an American friend of mine who's father was a navigator in B-17s that flew from this airfield. The volunteers that run it couldn't have been more helpful, they even took us down to the place where my friend's dad would have been billeted - the buildings are gone now, but the foundations remain. The cinema, squash court and one or two other buildings are still extant. It made for a a fascinating and moving morning...

Also if you want to see what insurgency British style would have looked like, the Museum of the British Resistance Organisation is in the same spot. They were desperate days indeed...

Pads

MB_Avro_UK
07-17-2007, 01:44 PM
At the request of Mr. T_O_A_D here's a pic of the notice-board at the memorial. Unfortunately,it seems that some pigeons have dive-bombed it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16052.jpg

@Padser: Yes I've been to Parham last year and it's a great visit. Posted pics here at the time.

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

dogstar4000
07-17-2007, 04:49 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by B16Enk:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Waldo.Pepper:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16070.jpg

Great pics. How certain are you that this was a water tower? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Check similarity with the 7th post down this page
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/6901086994/p/3

That is typical of the water towers in East Anglia (if not the entire UK) - for example near RAF Alconbury there is an almost identical water tower, but very much dilapidated, it may actually be closer to Peterborough Business Airport.

Nice find MB_Avro </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

dogstar4000
07-17-2007, 04:56 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by dogstar4000:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by B16Enk:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Waldo.Pepper:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/MB_Avro/2007-07-16070.jpg

Great pics. How certain are you that this was a water tower? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


That is typical of the water towers in East Anglia (if not the entire UK) - for example near RAF Alconbury there is an almost identical water tower, but very much dilapidated, it may actually be closer to Peterborough Business Airport.

Nice find MB_Avro </div></BLOCKQUOTE> </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Check the 7th post down this page :::

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/6901086994/p/3