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 Post subject: Station 120: Alconbury
PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:07 pm 
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Original 1941 RAF tower:

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1943 USAAF tower, seen from the post-war USAF tower's VCR:
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Post-war USAF tower:

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Arrestor barrier fittings:

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 Post subject: Re: Station 120: Alconbury
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:04 pm 
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First full day of work at Alconbury today, office right beside the original peritrack looking over at the original control tower. :)

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:48 pm 
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Nice pictures Paul last time I was there the post war tower was surrounded with heras fencing for safety.

I should dig out my pictures.

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 Post subject: Re: Station 120: Alconbury
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Ta Chris,

Little did I know that when I took those snaps two years ago I'd end up working there...

The view from where I have my lunch in the site cafe is pretty much the shot of Little Stukley Church from the opening sequence of the original Memphis Belle movie. :)

I really must remember to get a photo of the USAF artwork on the wall outside the archive rooms (formerly classrooms in the technical school on site)

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 Post subject: Re: Station 120: Alconbury
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Sad to report the 1943 USAAF control tower has been demolished in the last few days.
It stood inside the active MOD area, so we had no prior warning.

Here is is back in the 1970s, before the balcony was removed and the rest of the building skinned in modern brick:
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 Post subject: Re: Station 120: Alconbury
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Such a shame.
I often wonder how many more airfield remains will be demolished, dug up, turned into new housing estates, etc.... Before English Heritage realise that they need to protect/give listed status to worthy candidates NOW. It's often the case that too little is done too late.

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Another vital part of our history wiped from the face of the Earth, we will look back on this with nothing but regret.


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Fortunatley the other 3 control towers are still extant at the moment I'm sure Paul could give details if asked.


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 Post subject: Re: Station 120: Alconbury
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Alconbury's 1941 Watch Office, Operations Room and Briefing Room this week:

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Spotted sticking out of a spoil heap from a gas pipe trench beside the Archive car park at Alconbury the other day, and promptly rescued...

11½" diameter neutral grey painted aircraft hatch.

Outside face, decal long gone but the shadow remains:

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Inner face:

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Boeing B-17 part number. 6-9290 Door Assembly, Inspection (Wing Flap Controls)
The circled-V inspector's stamp shows it's from a Lockheed Vega-built B-17.

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Page from the B-17G Illustrated Parts Catalog showing the location (4 under each wing)

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Page from the B-17G E&M Manual, showing their overall locations:

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Now on display in my office. :)

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