RAF Holmsley South

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RAF Holmsley South
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Opened - 1942.
Closed - 1946.
Three runways.
2 + 3 x T2 hangars.
Airfield Site.
14 x Dispersed accommodation sites.
1 x Operations Block.
Control Tower (Watch Office) Brick type 12779/41.
Accommodation Temporary. Mostly Nissen Huts.
R.A.F.      : Officers: 177. S.N.C.O´s.: 522. O.R's. : 1926.  
W.A.A.F. : Officers:   10. S.N.C.O´s :      9. O.R's. :    312.
(Mil. Airfields 39/45 Willis & Holliss)

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AM 4759/44 Airfield Plan -

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Airfield Site:
Building started early in 1942 and was not completed when it opened in October.
Built as an 'A' Class RAF airfield to bomber standard.
Aircraft dispersals: 3 x Scissor type & 35 x Pan type.

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Types of dispersals.

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RAF Halifax sitting on its dispersal.

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B5 Scissor dispersal.

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12 April 1942

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April 1942, just the main E/W runway completed and the Airfield Site No.1 has been started.

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After 1945/6 air photo

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In its finished state with the five hangars in place. Around 1945/46.

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Holmsley South airfield was built during 1942 and though not completed was opened in October of that year. From October 1942 to December 1943 it was a coastal command station. No´s. 547 Sqn. RAF & 330 Sqn. of the 8th USAAF were the first to patrol the Eastern Atlantic from Holmsley. Later No´s. 58 and 502Sqn´s. RAF took over anti U-Boat operations. Also using the airfield between May and June 1943 were the crews of No. 295 Sdn. and pilots of the Glider Pilots Regiment practised long distance glider towing in preparation for towing 30 Horsa Gliders to North Africa. In January 1944 the 2nd. Tactical Airforce tool over, for attacks on Northern France and later after D-Day support of the invasion. In march 1944 it was 144 Wing with No´s. 441, 442 and 443 Sdn´s. RCAF. with Spitfires. Then from April to June, 121 Wing with No´s. 174, 175 & 245 Sqn´s RAF with Typhoons. Next were No´s. 306, 315 Polish & 129 Sqn. RAF with Mustang fighter bombers and 182 with 184 Sqn´s. Typhoons. From April to July 418 Sqn. RCAF flew night intruder operation. From July 25th to the end of August 1944 the 394th Bomber Group, 9th US Air Force with 584, 585,586 & 587 Sqn´s with Marauders, flew missions over France. From October 1944 to October 1946 Transport Command with 167 & 246 Sqn´s. flying routes to Europe, the Middle East and Far East. The airfield closed for flying in October 1946 and was returned to the Forestry Commission and private ownership in the 1950´s.
Dan Hamblin.

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Runway 18/34 N/S.

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Plan.

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Car Park.

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547 Sqn. RAF with Wellingtons.

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330 Sqn. of the 8th USAAF with Liberators..

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58 and 502Sqn´s. with Halifax.

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295 Sdn. Halifax.

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Horsa glider..

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441, 442 and 443 Sdn´s. RCAF Spitfires.

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174, 175 & 245 Sqn´s RAF Typhoons.


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306, 315 Polish & 129 Sqn. RAF Mustang.


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418 Sqn. RCAF flew night intruder Boston´s.

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394th Bomber Group, 9th US Air Force.Boston´s.


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Transport Command with 167 & 246 Sqn´s Yorks..

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Bomb Store

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The road to the bomb store.

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Plan.

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AM 4759/44 Airfield Plan

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Bomb Store

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Bomb storage area, the red arrows the route of our walk.
The bomb store as you walk in, there are several cross tracks. You have already passed the first fuzing points No.107 now completely removed. The cross tracks lead to 109 left Smoke Bomb Store, a Nissen hut 12725/41 & 108 right, Component Store 4733/42.

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Small smoke bomb.

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Component store.

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109 Smoke Bomb Store Nissan 12725/41

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Based on the plan: -
109        - Smoke Bomb Store - N                     - 12725/41.
Number - Description                - building type - Drawing Number.

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Plan.

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Component store.

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RAF Tarrant Rushton Nissen hut in the bomb store.

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105 - Bofors Gun Crew Hut - TB - 11008/41.

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Bomb Store

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Bomb store road.

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Bomb Store

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Bridge over the small stream.

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Fuzing Point Building

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112 - Fuzing Point Building - N - 4778/42.
The main track with a junction slightly to the right, this is the slip roadway into a fuzing point. It was large Nissen hut with a berm of earth either side for blast protection.

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How it may have looked

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112 plan.

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Plan.

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116 - R.U Small Bomb - N 15797/41.
117/118 - Incendiary Bomb Store - N 4734/42.118 R.

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Fuzing Point Building with a 4,000lb bomb

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112 - Fuzing Point Building - N - 4778/42.
Inside the fusing point building showing the Warrant Officers checking the bomb type and which fuse to use.

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Fuzing a 4,000lb bomb.

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112 - Fuzing Point Building - N - 4778/42 plan.

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An American USAAF technician fitting in a fuze. The Americans fuzed in the planes, the RAF fuzed in Fuzing Points..

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121 - Fuzed & Spare Bomb Area - 4780/42.
Storage for ready use bombs. Just a square of earth berm, with a track through and out toe other side allowing a bomb train to drive through and pick up bombs.

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Plan.

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Type 5416/40, it would have looked like this one.

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Plan.

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Bomb Store

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To the left the track leads off and there was a long brick wall, with four unloading bays. In between were earth blast walls. 122 - Bomb Store with Tail Units - 3164/42 + a Nissen hut for storage - 557/43.

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Plan.

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Storage.

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4759/44

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Bomb Store

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122 - Bomb Store with tail units - earth - 3164/42 + Nissen Hut - 557/42.
123 - Bomb Store with tail units - earth - 3164/42 + Nissen Hut - 557/42.
124 - R.U. Small Bomb Store - N - 15795/41.
These stores would be filled from central storage at RAF Chilmark with the bombs needed for operations. So if it was a bombing raid, bombs would fill up. And if the next was to be a mine laying operation, the store would be emptied and filled with mines.
On an RAF 'A' Class bomber station, the bomb store had four of this type of bomb stores. But for some reason the three New Forest 'A' Class bomber stations (Holmsley South, Stony Cross & Beaulieu) all have smaller bomb stores. Stony Cross just had open storage with no infrastructure for storage, but did have one fuzing point. Why I do not know.

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Bomb store layout.

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Plan.

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Bombs.

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Bomb store with the first completed and the second, still under construction..

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Bomb Store

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On the right is the unloading wall, now nicely covered over by the Forestry Commission, they have done their utmost to destroy any historic sites that it can.
Lorries arriving from RAF Chilmark. Loaded with bombs, would drive up to the wall, lower its side panel and then the bombs would be trammelled off the lorries , into the store. This is the method used by Dray man from the breweries when they lowered barrels into a pubs cellar.

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Plan.

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Rail head.

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Off loading wall.

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Bombs would be unloaded from the lorries into the store, then when needed re loaded on low trailers to be taken for fuzing and then loading on planes.

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Always look out for Trammel rings set into the wall.

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Trammelling WW1 style..

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Bomb Store

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This is the end of of the second store which was the tail (Unit) fin storage area.

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Plan.

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123, 124 & Tail Unit area.

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Tail fin store.

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Now continuing down the hill to cross a small stream.

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Plan.

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38 dispersals, now arriving at a dispersal, they had accompanying Pyro store to store any flairs that are used in the aircraft. They needed to carry flairs to be used as recognition. When flying back to England they may have to fire off "Colour of the Day" a combination of colours. Say red over green, etc. These live flair cartridges must not be left in a plane and needed to be stored safely between flights. Flairs and guns would be issued for every flight. There was also Bofors 40mm AA guns laid out around this area and each gun had a hut attached to it for the crew to live in.

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Plan.

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1941 British No. 3 mk.1. Flair pistol.

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Pyro Store in Nissen Hut.


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Pyro Store .

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Aircraft dispersals in this area.
The red spots are in pairs, one a daily servicing hut - Nissen Hut. And a Pyrotechnic Store for flares removed from aircraft when they land. Safety reasons.

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Perimeter track, 50ft wide continuing right around the outside of all the runways. A plane joining the perimeter track could then drive to whichever runway that they need to take off from, freeing up runways to just to be used for take off and landing.

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Plan.

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Perimeter track.

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Halifax on a dispersal.

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Perimeter running around the end of the runway 25/01.

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Plan.

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The end of runway 25.

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Runway

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150ft wide bomber standard runway 25/01.

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Plan

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Typhoon.

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Runway

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The end of the runway, over the hedge were: -
133 - A.S.V.B.A. Standing.
134 - Inner Marker Beacon.

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Plan.

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Plan.

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The red circle is where the Inner Marker was.

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07 February 2005 ------- 29 December 2011 RAF East Moor Stirling bomber

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Dispersal.

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36 Aircraft dispersals, this area would have been a circular piece of concrete with a roadway to attach it to the runway. This was a B4 type circular or "Frying Pan" dispersal with four tie downs.

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Types of dispersals.

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Aircraft dispersal.

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07 February 2005 - Tie down at RAF East Moor

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Dispersal.

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Aircraft tie down. An aircraft parked on the dispersal would be tied down to these very strong steel hoops to stop them being blown away by a strong wind. The second picture is an aircraft tie down at RAF East Moor, showing what is set under the concrete of the dispersal.

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Tied down aircraft.

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Dispersal.

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Stirling.

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138 - M & E Plinth                  - Brick.
139 - Picket Post                   - N                - 12404/41.
140 - Bulk Petrol Installation - 72,000gal. - 9846/41.

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Plan

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Bulk Petrol Installation

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M&E plinth

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Dispersal & Bulk Petrol Instillation.

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138 - M & E Plinth                  - Brick.
139 - Picket Post                   - N                - 12404/41.
140 - Bulk Petrol Installation - 72,000gal. - 9846/41.
The second photo is RAF Weston Zoyland and shows what a Bulk Petrol Installation - 72,000gal. - 9846/41 would have looked like.

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RAF Weston Zoyland's 9846/41 Bulk Petrol Installation.

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POL tankers brought the petrol to the airfields and filled up the tanks.

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Then to re fuel aircraft a fuel bowser would be used.

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138 - M & E Plinth                  - Brick.
139 - Picket Post                   - N                - 12404/41.
140 - Bulk Petrol Installation - 72,000gal. - 9846/41.

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M&E plinth

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M&E plinth was transformer to convert electricity and distribute it to this part of the airfield..

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M&E plinth

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Cable layout.

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The cable.

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Cloud Height projector

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Out on the airfield is a concrete plinth, a Cloud Height projector. On the top would be a lamp that could shine vertically on to low clouds and measuring the angle from the watch office will give the cloud height.

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12779/41 Watch Office.

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Cloud height projector.

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A more modern light.

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Watch Office 12779/41

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Going back to early aviation an office was used to keep an eye out for across the airfield and these gradually became much larger structures, until they morphed into the basic design. An almost square building with a watch office on the ground floor and a control room on the top floor. A balcony and a flat roof where boards can show which runway is being used. This model is a Watch Office 12779/41. As the Americans arrived they were re named Control Towers. This was the most common built.

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Watch Office 12779/41.

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12779/41 RAF Warmwell.

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Americans out on the balcony.

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1944

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Watch Office 12779/41

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The watch office can just be seen to the right of the picture..

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Control room.

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Watch room.

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Teleprinter room.

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Air 28/368 1945

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Watch Office 12779/41

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These photos were taken from the roof of the control tower looking along the perimeter track to the west and a large concrete aircraft parking apron. On the first picture the apron is being made and the second when its finished.

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Watch Office 12779/41.

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12779/41 RAF Warmwell.

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Americans out on the balcony.

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Air 28/368 1945/1946

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Technical Site

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This is a plan for RAF Holmsley South at Home Day 14 September, 1945 between 1pm to 6pm.
This does show that Holmsley was being used as an early airport, with a freight shed and a Passenger area. It was being used as a VIP overseas flights and the flew all around the world from here.

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The York flew from here.

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Converted Lancaster´s, Lancastrians were also used.

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Halifax with a large added cargo hold was another type.

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Perimeter track

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Perimeter track continuing west into the sunset..

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Flight line.

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The perimeter track leading past to the right of the Airfield Site where nearly all the main airfield buildings were.

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Plan.

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Main Workshops.

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Station HQ.

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4759/44 ---------------------------------------- Airphoto around 1942/43

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26 - Aircraft Shed - St - T2 25bay - 8254/40.
32 - Squadron HQ  - N - 14982/41.
14 - Fuel Compound - 90'x54' - 9108/41.
52 - Flight Office  - N - 14982/41.
67 - Main Store    - N - 12775/41.
49 - Station Workshops - N - 12774/41.
46 - Station Office - N - 12400/41.
45 - Fire Tender House - TB - 5352/42.
  1 - Guard & Fire Party House - N - 12404/41.
36 - Technical Latrines RAF - TB - 9036/41.
46 - Station Offices - N - 12400/41.
77 - Watch Office    - B - 12779/41.

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T2 hangar in 'St' = steel.

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Guard House and Fire Party.

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Station Offices.

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35 - Parachute Store - TB - 11137/41.

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95 - Technical Latrine - TB - 9026/41.

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4 - M.T. Petrol Installation 5000gal - 4619/40.

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26 - Aircraft Shed - St - T2 25bay - 8254/40. The hangar has run outs onto the perimeter track and you can just see the main runway above.

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T2 hangar.

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Building a T2.

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Pile of debris lying around a a large mound of airfield remains.

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Remains of a roadway.

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49 - Station Workshops - N 12774/41. 3 x 24' Nissen huts adjoined, this picture was taken on ;Battle of Britain Day'. Also the NAAFI wagon selling 'tea and a wad'.

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Station Workshops.

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40 - Servicing Wing Store - B   - 12409/41 - 3525/42
45 - Fire Tender House     - TB - 9026/41.
Most buildings were built in tin as with Nissen huts, but these two were built in brick and rendered.

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Airfield Site.

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Fire Tender House - TB - 9026/41.

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*40 - Servicing Wing Store - B - 12409/41 - 3525/42.
Buildings marked thus * on the schedule have been re-appropriated, and are now functioning as indicated. From the airfield plan.

This means they do not know the original use of the building. (12409/41 was a Gas respirator store & workshop).

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Plan.

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Plan.

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40 - Servicing Wing Store - B - 12409/41 - 3525/42.
I wish I had taken more photos, the original door in place.

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45 - Fire Tender House - TB - 9026/41.

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Fire Tender House - TB - 9026/41.

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Main entrance or Main Gate.
   1  - Guard House & Fire Party - N   - 12404/41.
* 9  - W/T Workshop                   - TB - 5525/42
*40 - Servicing Wing Store         - B   - 12409/41 - 3525/42.
*44 - Fire Section Office             - N  - 12408/41
 45 - Fire Tender House              - TB - 5352/42.

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Main gate.

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Staff Car Hillman Minx 10hp

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Main entrance 2008 and all the buildings have been removed..

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Main Entrance and the high kerbs each side where they would be painted black and white and flowers planted in the middle.

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Road

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Moving on.

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M&E plinth, may have been removed now.

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Plan.

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M&E plinth plan.

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79 - LAA Gun Crew Accommodation - Heathfield - House Requestioned.

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Plan.

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40mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft gun at RAF Holmsley South.

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USAAF B26

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79 - LAA Gun Crew Accommodation - Heathfield - House Requestioned.
The small picture of the Bofors gun has a USAAF B26 in the background.
Here is a B29 being bombed up around D-Day, the D-Day black & white stripes are painted under its wings.

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40mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft gun at RAF Holmsley South.

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Perimeter track looking east.

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Runway in 2005, hard to find now running west.

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Runway construction.

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Night flying.

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Circular aircraft dispersal.

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Circular dispersal or frying pan dispersal.

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The different types and this one looks to be a B4 type heavy bomber.

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Continuing on is the perimeter track and off to the right is a B5 aircraft dispersal or Spectical type. These were starting to be produced on later airfields and also when an airfield needed more parking. The frying pan type, meant a bomber entering the pan and has to put on left brake, rudder hard over and then power up the outer engines. Thus allowing the aircraft to pivot 360° to face back the way it came. This put strain on the undercarriage, so the Spectical type (B5) was brought in so aircraft could just pull off the perimeter and into a bay. Then when needed, just pull away back onto the perimeter.

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Spectical type.

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B5 type Dispersal with what looks like a Halifax parked on it.

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Halifax full service on its dispersal.

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Repairs..

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Halifax at RAF Melbourne.

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Repairs..

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The New Forest Memorial.

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The New Forest Memorial.

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In the trees was another T2 hangar, in 1945 construction started on three more and they were built right across where we are looking. Why in 1945 were these extra three hangars constructed at great expense, I have no idea yet. Maybe Holmsley South was to become what Hurn airport is today??

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Plan.

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Air photo showing the hangars post 1944..

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T2 Hangar.

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This is the construction of the extra three hangars dated 11 August 1945. Holmsley South was becoming more of an international airport than a military base. The aircraft were for VIPs and not bombs. So the aircraft needed probably a better repair and servicing regime. Ok to send an aircraft to war that is not quite ready, but with VIPs it would be unimaginable. It was the start of moving from war to peace.

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Halifax in Hangar 5.

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26 - Aircraft Shed - St - T2 25bay - 8254/40. This is the site of the second original hangar.

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Plan.

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99- Bulk Petrol Instillation - 72,000gal - 9846/41. On heavy bomber airfields there was always two Bulk Petrol Instillation, they are fuel for aircraft and not vehicles. Bulk petrol was delivered here by road tankers of the POOL a civilian organisation and RAF bowser´s delivered to the aircraft. The USAAF when they arrived, used a lot of RAF vehicles, like bowser´s and fire tenders. Because they were expanding so quickly their supply organisation could not keep up. When it did, they had huge articulated petrol tankers, far better than what the RAF had.

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POOL tanker.

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Re fuelling.

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Large US tanker.

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97 - M&E Plinth  - PC
98 - Picket Post - N - 12404/41.
99- Bulk Petrol Instillation - 72,000gal - 9846/41.

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Mechanical & Electrical Plinth.

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Mains power or auxiliary power would come into the M&E plinth and be transformed to power the fuel pumps to re fill tankers.

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Nissen hut Picket Post. A small guard room where anything going into the Bulk Petrol Instillation was recorded against everything that went out.

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Plan..

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Fuel tanks that would be buried..

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RAF Charmey Down 13083/41 type pump house.

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Could be an AA machine gun post that shot down a German bomber in 1943 .

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Plan.

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An air photo of this AA MG post..

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AA machine gun post..

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Twin Lewis guns.

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North side of the airfield..

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This is the area we are now in.

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Battle Head Quarters

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In some bush is the remains of the Battle HQ. BHQ 11008/41. Not shown on the airfield site plan.
An underground bunker, with a 360° viewing cupola, three rooms and a toilet.

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This is what the cupola would have looked like.

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Viewing cupola.

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Railings around the entrance to stop anybody falling down the open steps.

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Battle HQ

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103 - Battle Head Quarters - TB - 11008/41.

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Battle HQ

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103 - BHQ - TB - 11008/41.
The reason for the BHQ was; in 1940 the RAF were concerned that a German invasion would take place and that parachutists would drop on an airfield and then when captured gliders-borne and Ju52 transports would come in and take over. With the BHQ there would be a ring of pillboxes around the perimeter all facing into the landing ground. These would be controlled and all RAF and army units on site by the station commander from the BHQ. He could see the whole area and had telephone communications with outlying units and the main HQ on the station. If the telephone link was broken Messenger/runners would be sent out to relay orders. Here due to the later building 1941/1942, the invasion threat was over and no pillboxes were built. But all airmen were still trained to shoot a Le-Enfield rifle and were issued with them, to use in defence.

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Battle HQ

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Steps down into the passageway leading to the Office.

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RAF Clyffe Pypard stairs down.

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RAF Keevil's Cupola.

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Battle HQ

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The shape of the lintel was to stop you hitting your head when you descended the steps. You can see the steel ladder on the left that was the escape hatch in an emergency.

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The same view as the main picture showing the viewing slit of the cupola and the stars down to the main office.

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Escape ladder.

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Passage way to office on the far left and the Elsan toilet door in front.

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Airfield Site

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The view almost due south, in the distance the runway can just be seen.
Runway 18/36.

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Plan.

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Typhoon around D-Day.

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Bmth Echo 1946 (Air28/368)

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"At Home" day 14th September 1946.

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The newspaper article.

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Bmth Echo 1945 (Air28/368)

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"At Home" day 14th September 1946.

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Air28/368

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"At Home" day 14th September 1946, some of the 2000 cars visited that day.

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"At Home" day 14th September 1946.
Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth (Councillor and Mrs. H. C. Browns).

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Air28/368

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"At Home" day 14th September 1946. York Transport. Basically a Lancaster re modelled.

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Air28/368

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"At Home" day 14th September 1946. All Top Brass and Medals.

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"At Home" day 14th September 1946. The highlight of the show, all they wanted to see the Mosquito and its 4000lb Cookie bomb.

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4000 bomb.

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