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 Post subject: Station 128: Deenethorpe
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 8:06 pm 
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I'll start this section off, not with buildings for a change, but with something else completely......Drem Mk2 airfield lighting system remains.

Here's one of the many dirt-filled holes to be found around the airfield, the fitting long gone as usual.

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Sometimes you get lucky, and find a broken one in place, in this case a T1 Taxiway Lamp:

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And sometimes you get REALLY lucky, and find an intact one, albeit filled to the brim with soil. :D

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Chances are, if you do find one, it's completely smashed.
It's always worth looking in the hole though. You might find something like this........

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Who likes jigsaw puzzles?

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Remember those bits of broken orange and clear glass from above?

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On the Drem Mk2 system, orange filters were used in the light fittings spaced 150' apart along the outer edge of the perimeter track, blue filters for the inner edge and to dispersals.

Onto what remains of Runway 2..... a mere 25' wide strip.
More holes.......

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The oval shape identifies these once held C6 Flarepath Lights, 300' apart along the sides of the runway.

And a little something found lying in the dirt on the way back to the car:

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It's a filter from a Bendix Stromberg PD-12H2 carburettor, as fitted to Wright Cyclone R-1820-97 engines on B-17s.
A more intact (if a little dirty) example can be seen below, on one of Texas Raiders' engines during rebuild.

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 Post subject: Re: Station 128 - Deenethorpe
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 8:37 pm 
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Was that today Mr P? Looking good, time team trowl on standby!

I was over at Pody with some 92nd veterans, doing my MT duties ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Station 128 - Deenethorpe
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 8:55 pm 
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MT606 wrote:
Was that today Mr P? Looking good, time team trowl on standby!

I was over at Pody with some 92nd veterans, doing my MT duties ;)

M


I was at DP last wednesday, aiming to have a short visit there again tomorrow, and another later in the week depending on the weather.

The Time Team Trowel is usually somewhere handy, for just these occasions. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Station 128 - Deenethorpe
PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 5:15 pm 
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In addition to the main memorial at Deenethorpe, there is another in nearly Weldon church:

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The centrepiece of the memorial window is this panel:

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This window was originally fitted in the base chapel:

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Below the window is this flag:

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The flag was presented to Peterborough Cathedral by the 401st in August 1944:

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The flag was brought to Weldon a few years ago, and for a long time hung on one side of the window, with a Union Jack on the other side. Years of exposure to sunlight was taking its toll on the material, so the flag was taken down, folded, and is now secure in a box made of English oak.

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 Post subject: Re: Station 128 - Deenethorpe
PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:17 pm 
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OUTSTANDING PHOTOS!! I was there in 1999 I think on a deploymen, long before I started anything close to AAF reenacting. Soon I will be back, somehow I will make it back and we need to have some pints together fellas!

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 Post subject: Another week at Deenethorpe....
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:32 pm 
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The airfield is being ploughed at this time of year, and as usual a few items of interest have literally been turned up....

One of many split .50 shells:
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Bomb transit hoop clip, with large and small fuze well plugs.
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More ordnance-related debris:
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Oops!
Someone pushed their bike through the wet concrete on the southern taxiway:
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Maybe it was the same person who stepped in the wet tar while repairing the taxiway by the bomb dump:
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Luckiest find so far, as it's a mere half-inch across. (I've been trying to find one of these for 20 years!)
Lead seal removed when arming bomb fuzes, the Ordnance "Flaming Bomb" on one side:
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US on the other:
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(Inert .50 round for scale)

The only things flying on a quiet thursday afternoon were a dozen Red Kites, one of which came over to see what was going on:
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 Post subject: Re: Station 128: Deenethorpe
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614th Bomb Squadron Officers' Quarters, Site 7, Benefield:

Then.......

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And Now.....

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Despite the modern infill, the two cottages in the background can still be seen.

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 Post subject: Re: Station 128: Deenethorpe
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I was out in the sleet and biting wind to get these this afternoon. Apologies if there's any visible camera shake...:

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 Post subject: Re: Station 128: Deenethorpe
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OUTSTANDING Paul!!! I need to make it back with our ground crew fellows and display!!!


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