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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2004 4:54 pm 
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Thank you for these forums, as someone who has a great interest in Wartime airfields and their history its good to come across a site dedicated to the men who actually built the airfields!. so much is dedicated to the aircrews and rightly so, but it seems nobody remembers the deeds entailed in building huge airfields from scratch. To have turned up in the middle of agricultural England in wartime, often in remote, windy and wet locations must have been a nightmare!.
But some of us do remember what the Engineering Battalions achieved, and the testimony of your hard work has not completely faded from view after 60 years. Many of the Wartime airfields built here in Essex have almost disappeared from view, the main parts of the runways and perimeter tracks were removed to provide hardcore for the bases or major roads in the area in the early 1960's, (for a Country that dwells on its History, couldnt they at least have kept one example of a typical Wartime airfield?) the main A12 road from Chelmsford to Ipswich contains the rubble from long defunct airfields of the 9thAAF, Its still taking a pounding, albeit from wheels of a different nature!. But start to look around the sites of these airfields and lots of evidence of their former use is apparent, in woodland you can see the Bomb Dump revetments still, perimeter tracks and runways are now only about 10 foot wide where they were once 50 feet or so, even in some places wider partial remains of the runways complete with the drainage systems exist and in some cases with the airfield lighting fixtures visible. In other dispersed area's Nissen , romney and maycrete huts stand forlorn with trees often growing through them. silent Control Towers and empty Hangars stand like sentinels over the landscape. No, your work is not entirely forgotten lads!.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 6:16 am 
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My Father was stationed in England with the 850thEAB I have a few names and addresses of people he kept in his little black book from "over there".


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