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Permissible visit 11 November 2005.

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Operation OYSTER, the daylight attack on the Philips radio and valve works at Eindhoven, Holland, by No. 2 Group.

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Operational planning.

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Planning the route.

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The site of the Operations Block just to the south of the airfield. These pictures were taken in 2008, a lot has been happening to the area with logging and a new barn style building erected close by. I asked permission to look around and I am pleased I did. It was very wet and dark. No windows and no lighting, very wet and slippery. I was on my own, so rang a friend and told him where I was and what I was about to do. As I started to enter the, loggers knocked off for the day and I was totally alone in the building. Scary.

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One of the first aircraft were Whitley bombers.

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Liberators of Coastal Command.

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USAAF Marauders were here after D-Day.

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Site No. 2. Plan.
152 - Operations Block - TB - 2337/41.
152 - Library                   -   N -
154 - Picket Post.          - TB - 12404/41.
The Block is oblong in shape, with four entrances on each corner (there maybe more). A corridor runs right around the inside with small offices between it and the outside wall and inside the corridor is the main Ops rooms. Its a protected building, in that it has steel reinforcement to quite a thick concrete roof and brick walls. No windows at all and would have used filtered air through an air conditioning plant and the roof has a large water tank for the air conditioning. Later after the war, it was taken over as a seat of government by probably Hampshire CC. And it was up graded with later flush toilets and kitchen area. Probably a sleeping area as well. A telephone exchange, fitted so the Police chief for the area, the council officers, Red cross (or equivalent) and Civil Defence group could keep in contact. Its a period of time I lived through but do not know that much about.

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Elevation. The tall chimney is actually the fresh air inlet. Gas is heavy so the chimney protrudes above the gas coud and sucks in fresh air. It is then put through a filtration system and also an air conditioning plant.

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Chimney as this would have looked like.

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Part of a heating plant that may have been here.

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The RAF entrance.

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Humber Staff car.

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Hillman.

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US Jeep.

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The roadway in.

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Very well hidden in the trees, it would have been camouflaged in some way.

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It can be seen from this air photo. The long thin building is the Nissen hut.

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Very hard to see in this low level picture.

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The gate is styled on a Ministry design but is galvanised, which possibly makes it post war.

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Picket Post 8218/40

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154 - Picket Post. - TB - 12404/41.
Unfortunatly I do not have a picture of a 12404/41, but this is an 8218/40 probably not discimaler. Here you would be stopped by a Service Policeman and show your pass to be allowed inside.

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RAF 24ft Nissen Hut ------------------------------- Americans in their library

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152 - Library a Nissen hut, 24ft wide and quite long.
There would have been for maps, plans, aircraft recognition models, etc. Everything that a pilot & crew could use to help them. The second photo is an American squadron studying plans with model aircraft above.

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This is the Cold War I think Police or Government aerial. For more information go to Subbrit.org.uk.

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Base of the aerial.

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Police emergency response, pressing the alarm.

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Cold war siren.

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The front of the Block. Now I may have said, four entrances, the whitish painted wall in front is actually a blast wall for another entrance, so there may have been more than I originally thought. The small water tanks could be Cold war period.

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Layout of the door.

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Elevation.

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Plan

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Side entrance with its blast wall.

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Another corner entrance and blast wall.

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I was looking trough these pictures and wondered how I got on the roof, later I found this photo.

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The flat roof, full of age damage and leaks like a sieve.

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The water reservoir for the wartime air conditioning plant.

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Heating plant room.

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These hooks could be for an aerial guy rope or for a camouflage net?

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Camouflage netting.

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Age.

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Post war water tank.

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Blast wall and entrance, ignore the doors that litter the place and windows, they are nothing to do with the building.

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Blast wall.

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The plan of the block, The four entrances on the corners, the grey passageways running around, with offices on the outside and large rooms in the middle. I have NO plan of this and also it was 2008 when I visited twelve years ago, my memory is a bit dim from there. Sorry.

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2337/41 basic plan.

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Elevation.

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Entering the passageway that runs round the inside. As I may have said. NO lighting and no windows, so pitch black.

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Some of the original light fittings and some are post war additions

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Light fitting.

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Light switch.

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One of the rooms.

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Charts would line the walls.

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Cold war stretchers left over.

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Government officials looking at the designs.

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Government officials looking at the designs.

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Note at all sure what room did what but this one has several Elsan toilet buckets.

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Elsan toilet buckets.

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Elsan toilet

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Elsan toilet in the rear of a Lancaster bomber.

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Charts would line the walls.

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Charts would line the walls.

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Passage continues.

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More wall boards and air conditioning pipes running through. The long florescent lights would be Cold War.

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Cold War telephone exchange.

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Essex Secret Bunker.

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Post Office engineers van. He would have known every cold war exchange, bunker and connection.

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I believe this is one of the middle rooms.
More air conditioning and panels on the wall.

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As the last picture.

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These rooms would have held briefing for pilots.

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An Operations Room (not here) on D-Day at the 385th Bomb Group, 549th Bomb Squadron USAAF.

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Window to the next room but not outside.

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The heavy reinforced concrete roof.
Planning for the movement of Horsa Gliders to North Africa in 1943 would have taken place here. They started by flying a combination (Horsa & tug Halifax) all around Britain 1,400mls and took 10hrs. To prove that it could be done. When it was proved, then the operation went ahead. The code name was "Turkey Buzzard".

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Halifax Horsa combination.

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Horsa Glider.

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Pilots view.

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Protected Teleprinter room looks very like the last picture..

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Cupboard off one of the main rooms with what look like steel filing cabinets for large plans. The left side is air conditioning system.

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1939 air map.

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East Anglia.

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Dorchester.

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One of the semi-armoured doors.

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About an inch of water nearly all over the floor.

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Another of the outer rooms.

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Route board.

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RCAF Ops Room No.405 Sqn around 1941.

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Imagine this is your office.

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WAAF planners.

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WAAF´s.

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Along one side.

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Dog leg in the corner.

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Wall lit panels, Cold War.

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The bomb.

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NATO.

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East & West Germany.

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Up dated toilets.

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Urinals.

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This could be the telephone connection room.

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Telephone exchange RAF Talbenny, Wales.

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Essex Secret Bunker.

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Up graded kitchen Cold War.

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Well has to be Way Out.

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Cold War.

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Another room in the centre a much larger room. The office behind has steps up and a senior officer can sit at the window looking down on a map table.

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Teleprinter room. A lot of information was sent via teleprinter. That way radio was not used and harder for an enemy to break your radio codes.

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Another part with steps up like a stage.

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Looking into this space and another very large window from another room.

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This is looking through that window.

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Route map.

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Well thats it and outside basking in a lovely Autumn day.

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