RAF Ibsley, Hampshire Airfield Site

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Ibsley village a small mostly thatched village with an ancient church nestling in the valley of the River Avon. With the New Forest rising on its eastern side. The A338 passes through it and in 1939 a quite backwater. Then a man from the Air Ministry turned up and change the village for ever. Fields to the S/E were cordoned off between the A338 and the old N/S back road. A perimeter track with three runways were laid out and 18 fighter pens allowing 46 fighters to stand in relative safety. 46 fighters equals three squadrons making Wing of fighter. Several Blister and two Bellman hangars were built and ten dispersed accommodation sites were laid out to the north for the airmen & women. A double cupola Battle Head Quarters, two Control Towers (one small and one large) just to make it interesting.

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Record Site Plan Airfield Site Drg. No.2364/45

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Record Airfield Site Plan dated 1945 showing every building, roadway, aircraft dispersals and runways.
The dispersed or living sites will be on another page.
US Airfield No. 347.
1 x Station HQ Moyles Court.
1 x Control Tower PB. 518/40. Yellow.
1 x Watch Office. TB. 177608/40.
2 x Bellman hangars. Red.
9 x Over Blister Hangars. Red.
1 x Enlarged Over Blister hangar. Red
10 x Aircraft Pen (single engine) 11070/40. Green
8 x Aircraft Pen (twin engine). Green
2 x Bulk Petrol Installation (Aviation) 24,000gal 13083/41. Blue
1 x Battle Head Quarters 11008/41.

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Fighter pen 11070/41 plan.

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Control Tower PB. 518/40.

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Battle Head Quarters 11008/41

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Early air photo before 1942.

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Quite an early air photo many of the instillations have not been built, the first Watch Office TB. 177608/40. Several fighter pens have started to be built and the runways seem in place.

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Watch Office TB. 177608/40, the first style fighter watch offices, later called Control tower as the design changes to much larger styles.

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Spitfire.

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HLA/ 473. 1PRU. 12/4/42.F/8".

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A 1942 Photo Reconnaissance Units training photo. Here more buildings have been built, runways have been camouflaged, one Bellman hangar has been built in the south, the eastern one is just the foundation. Bellman hangars were a late 1930's design for aerodromes using training and fighter aircraft. Many Blister hangars are in place. The idea of a Blister hangar is to park a fighter/training aircraft under cover for general servicing.

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Bellman hangar.

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Over Blister hangar.

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Enlarged blister hangar.

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I will start at the lovely control tower 518/40.

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518/40 Elevation.

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518/40 plan ground floor.

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Inside a control tower.

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1940's photo

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The view looking west from the hill somewhere around the battle HQ.

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Spitfire servicing.

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Re-arming.

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Engine change.

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Sim layout - thanks Terrence.

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A very good Sim layout of the control tower and all its sundry buildings.
9 -- Control Tower PB. 518/40.
PB.=Permanent Brick. TB. = Temporary Brick.
518/40= 518 building plan number.
/40 the year the plan was passed into use.

07 -- Technical Latrine TB. 17021/40.
10 -- Briefing Room.
11 -- Flood Light & Tractor Shed TB. 8266/41.
12 -- N.F.E. Store TB. 8266/41. (Night Flying Equipment)
140 - Fire Tender Shelter TB. 83266/41.
149 - Bellman Hangar.

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12 - N.F.E. Store TB. 8266/41.

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11 -Flood Light & Tractor Shed TB. 8266/41

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140 - Fire Tender Shelter TB. 83266/41.

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9 -- Control Tower. PB. 518/40.
A very large CT with exceptional wide upper windows with a large balcony and there would be a set of steel stairs up to the roof level.

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Americans out on a balcony.

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Top floor of a CT.

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Inside 518/40 tower.

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Before they had bricked up the structure. Downstairs were three individual rooms and upstairs one large front room.

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Inside.

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Plan.

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The perimeter track and another building in the background. Possibly 141 - Lubrication & Inflammable Store TB.

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Oil barrel.

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Spitfire oil gauge.

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Pity it is sealed up and not a museum??

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Side entrance with: -
Left rear window - Duty Pilots Rest Room.
Two left small windows - Airmen´s Lavatories.
Two right windows - Officers Lavatories.
Large front window - Watch Office.
First floor: -
Left rear window - Met Officers Bedroom.
Next - Control Officers Rat Room.
Small and large windows - Control Room.

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Radio room.

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Teleprinter room.

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Landing with : -
Right -- Store room, Met store, behind them Teleprinter and Forecast room.
Left    -- Officers Lav., Switch Room, Side Entrance, Airman's Lav., Duty Pilots rest room..

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Airfield lighting plan RAF St Mawgan.

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Plan.

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One of the lower offices.

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Inside watch office..

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Office.

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Plan ground floor.

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Ground floor plan.

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Teleprinter room.

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Duty Pilots rest room.

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Control Room.

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The main control room with dramatic views now over the lake but watched over the whole airfield.

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Control Room.

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Huge steel beams run the full width of the roof.

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Plan first floor

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The main stair case up through the rear of the building.

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The rear of the control tower showing the stair well on the rear.

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Signals Office.

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The main stair case up through the rear of the building up onto the roof.

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The rear of the control tower showing the stair well on the rear.

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Stairs to the roof.

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Control Tower.

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On the roof the stairs come out, left door and the large door is where large black & white panels were kept. These QDM panels told the pilots which runway to land on.

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Plan with boards.

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Up on the roof.
A flair signal mortar was placed in the device and by pulling a wire attached to the base to fire the flair.

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A small hole where a wire could pass through.

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Signal flair.

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Control Tower

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A flair signal mortar was placed in the device and by pulling a wire attached to the base to fire the flair.

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Flair cartridge.

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The rear stair tower

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Cylinder store by the stair well possibly the gas cylinders for filling Met balloons.

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RAF met corporal sending up a gas filled met balloon. By measuring its height and drift will help the met office give an accurate forecast.

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Hydrogen gas cylinders.

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GP.E/UK.1749. 21.Sep.45. F/20"//541Sqn

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View of the woodland behind the control tower. Inside were many buildings and also some Blister hangars.

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Bellman Hangar.

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T - Tin.  
TB. - Temporary Brick.
B. - Brick.
Numbers stroke date - Building type number.

Just Number - Plan number.
138 - Control Tower (Watch Office) TB. 177655/40?
140 - Fire Tender Shelter TB. 83266/41.
141 - Lubrication & Inflammable Store TB.
142 - Sub Station PB. 128640/40.
143 - Squadron Office & Maintenance Unit 170022/40.
144 - Education Hut T.
145 - Groundsmen's Tool Shed T.
146 - Fire Tender House TB. 82265/41
147 - Agricultural Tool Shed T.
148 - Fire Party Head Quarters B
01 -- Guard House TB. 023/40.
02 -- Gas Defence Centre TB. 48/40.
03 -- Home Guard Store.
04 -- Bulk Oil Compound 15932/40.
05 -- M.T. Stand.
06 -- Fuel Compound 54' x 54'.
07 -- Technical Latrine TB. 17021/40.
08 -- Hunt Trainer TB.
09 -- Control Tower PB. 518/40.
10 -- Briefing Room.
11 -- Flood Light & Tractor Shed TB. 8266/41?? Check numbers
12 - N.F.E. Store TB. 8266/41.
13 -- Bulk Oil Instillation.
14 -- S.A.A. Store TB.
15 -- Gas Clothing Store TB. 9195/41.
16 -- Technical Latrine W.A.A.F. TB. 9197/41.
17 -- Technical Latrine W.A.A.F. TB. 9197/41.
18 -- Link Trainer (With Workshop) TB. 10040/41.
19 -- Cine Camera Workshop TB. 8269/41.
20 -- Guard Party N. 41.
21 -- Main Workshop TB. 8263/41.
22 -- Parachute Store TB. 17865/41.
23 -- S.A.A. Store.
24 -- Armoury TB. 17023/40.
25 -- Bulk Oil Instillation 2500gal. 11210/40.
26 -- Emergence Water Storage Tank.
27 -- Over Blister Hangar.
28 -- Gas Chamber TB. 8269/41.
29 -- Cannon Test Butt 16461/41.
30 -- Latrine Block (Local).
31 -- Aircraft Pen (Single Engined) 11070/41.
32 -- Flight Office 6370/40.
33 -- Drying Room TB. 9119/41.
34 -- Aircraft Pen (Single Engined) 11070/41.
35 -- Over Blister Hangar.
36 -- Over Blister Hangar.

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21 -- Main Workshop TB. 8263/41 plan.

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11 -- Flood Light & Tractor Shed TB. 8266/41

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Single Link Trainer building 5011/39, the one here was a bigger version and had an attached workshops.

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Link trainer.

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Main Workshops building.

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Plan of latrines.

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Plan .

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08 -- Hunt Trainer TB. building.
Provides a means of representing to a small number of pupils at the same time, various aspects of an aircraft due to variations in range altitude and visibility. Standard model aircraft are made to move and turn mechanically in a cyclorama with controlled coloured illumination and cloud effects. About six pupils sit with their backs to the proscenium looking into a plain mirror which can be moved to-and-fro in front of them. The range, depending on the distance of the mirror is indicated by a calibrated scale. The image may be observed through standard Ring and Bead Reflector Gun Sights. The trainer consists of an enclosure with a semi-circular back which can be floodlit to give varying degrees of lighting and with an opening to the front which is, in effect, the proscenium arch of a miniature theatre. In this is suspended a 1/72 scale model aircraft which can be made to carry out normal flying manoeuvres. Facing the cyclorama and outside the proscenium arch, a 6 ft by 2 ft mirror is mounted in a horizontal position which can be moved towards and away from the proscenium arch. The audience sits close beneath the arch with its back to it and views the reflection of the model aircraft, cloud and lighting effects in the mirror. Movements of the mirror towards and away from the audience gives the effect of different ranges, the limits being 200 to 1,000 yards.

Three types (one mobile) were standardised. The larger static one could accommodate twelve trainees
Although very complex, the device was constructed locally.
An undated memo (c.1944 ?) stated that it was not being built at new stations.

 

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TB temporary brick style hut like this may have been used.

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31 -- Aircraft Pen (Single Engined) Type B FCW4513.
Fighter pen for single engined planes meaning Spitfire or Hurricane. Basically one plane either side with three quarter walls around them an air-raid shelter for 25 men in the middle for airmen and crew to use if needed.

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Aircraft Pen (Single Engined) type B FCW4513 plan.

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A Hurricane in an E type pen 1940.

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Aircraft in an E pen at RAF Kenley 1940 being attacked.

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Inside the woodland, there are many remains but either like this air-raid blast pen or just foundations.

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Plan of a 2360/41.

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Blast Shelter for 32 men 2360/41.

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Blast Shelter for 32 men 2360/41.

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Blast Shelter for 32 men 2360/41.

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21 -- Main Workshop TB. 8263/41. Nothing to see now, but there is. You can find the foundations and follow the design on the ground.

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Main Workshop TB. 8263/41.


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Plan..

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21 -- Main Workshop TB. 8263/41. Nothing to see now, but there is. You can find the foundations and follow the design on the ground.

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A Yorkshire version of the main workshops, four buildings adjoined making a square.

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Plan of the offices in the front of the workshops building.

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21 -- Main Workshop TB. 8263/41. Nothing to see now, but there is. You can find the foundations and follow the design on the ground.

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There was a full drainage system in place and it all went to a sewage works, although I cannot find one here at Ibsley??

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Guard Room

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The main entrance, this has now gone as the owners have filled it in and created a bank of earth. Here there would have been : -
    1 -- Guard House TB. 023/40.
    2 -- Gas Defence Centre TB. 48/40.
    3 -- Home Guard Store.
    4 -- Bulk Oil Compound -- 15932/40.
142 -- Sub-Station PB. 1266/43.
143 -- Squadron Office and Maintenance Hut --. 170022/40.
145 -- Groundsman´s Tool Shed --.
147 -- Agricultural Implements Store --.

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142 -- Sub-Station PB. 1266/43.

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Squadron Office.

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Picket Post.

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Bellman Hangar

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Across the road and back towards the village is the track leading from the perimeter track out to a Bellman hangar and a Blister hangar.
130 -- Aircraft Pen (Single Engined).
136 - Flight Office --.
149 -- Bellman Hangar --.
150 -- Maintenance Block TB. 82269/41.
151 -- Over Blisterhangar ST.
152 -- Speech Broadcasting TB. 17756/41.

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Plan.

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Plan of the area.

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Overblister hangar.

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150 -- Maintenance Block TB. 82269/41. May have looked like this one.

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Bellman Hangar

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Somewhere in the field was the Bellman hangar and a Blister hangar.

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Plan of the area.

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Bellman Hangar.

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Front face of a Bellman hangar.

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Bellman Hangar

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How it may have looked out in the field.

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Looking out of a Bellman hangar.

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Maintenance Blister hangar.

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Squadron office.

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Fire Party

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Fire Party Headquarters were billeted in this house.

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Fire crew.

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Trailer pump.

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Fire crew.

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Signals site

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This is where these three buildings sat, their layout has been completely removed and all the buildings now are all new stabling..
153 -- P.B.X. Building TB. 133727/41.
154 -- Signal Block.
155 -- Signals Workshop.

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P.B.X. Private Branch Exchange telephone, all phone calls in and out passed through this room.

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WAAF's manning the P.B.X.

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BHQ

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The path to the Battle Head Quarters. There is a complete section on the BHQ in the RAF Ibsley Menu.

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Plan of the last three pictures.

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Battle HQ plan.

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Battle Head Quarters.

Defence site.

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Moyles Court

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SHQ - Station Head Quarters and why not, it was also in its out buildings a store and MT.

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Plan.

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The office.

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SHQ. in a hut.

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The Americans when they were here enjoying the sunny day. The Americans came with P38 Lightening´s as early as 1942 for training. Then P47's came in 1944, by about July 1944 they had all left to go to temporary airfields in France.

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P38 Lightening.

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P38 Lightening.

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Ray Jackson in his P38.

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P47 Thunderbolt.


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P47 Thunderbolt.

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Moyles Court

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The RAF Type A1 roundel 1937 to March 1939, the picture is in B&W so I have two pictures of the roundels in colour and Black & White. So it may narrow down the date of the picture to a pre war training photo.

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RAF Type A1 roundel 1937 to March 1939.

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RAF Type A1 roundel 1937 to March 1939.

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Moyles Court

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37 -- Station HQ. (Moyles Court).
38 --   "      "    "       "               "
39 --   "      "    "       "               "
40 -- MT. Petrol Installation 1000gal.
41/42/43 -- ?
44/45 -- Stores.
46 -- ?
47 -- Petrol Office.
48 -- Enlarged Overblister Hangar.
57 -- ?

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40 -- MT. Petrol Installation 1000gal.

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MT fuel pump.

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RAF Stanton Harcourt.

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Moyles Court

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Under the mound is a -
40 -- MT. Petrol Installation 1000gal.

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RAF Stanton Harcourt.

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40 -- MT. Petrol Installation 1000gal.
1000gal petrol tank.


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Plan.

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Scammell OY articulated petrol delivery tanker.
Ministry of Supply.

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40 -- MT. Petrol Installation 1000gal.
Most vehicles in WW2 were petrol driven so there was no need for a diesel tank. The Americans also used more petrol vehicles.

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Austin Utility.

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Austin ambulance.

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AEC Matador crane.

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Memorial.

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This memorial is an early one that was placed on what is the site of the main runway..

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Plan.

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Main Runway

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This is all that is left of the main runway.

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Runways and memorial.

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C.P.E/UK.1749. 21.Sep.46. F/20"//541SQN

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A 1946 air-photo showing the finished layout.

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62 -- Bulk Petrol Installation J. 24,000gal. 13083/41.
63 -- Fire Pont Local.
64 to 68-- Airmen´s Barrack Huts T. 17030/40.
69 -- Airman´s Latrine Block.
70 -- Home Guard.
71 -- Emergency Water Storage Tank.
73 - 73 -- Overblister Hangars.
74 - 75 -- Aircraft Pens (Twin Engined).
76 -- Flight Office 6526/40.
77 -- Sleeping Shelter PB. 103/41.
78 -- Drying Room.
79 -- Aircraft Pen (Twin Engined).
80 -- Technical Latrine TB.
81 -- Maintenance Block (with Battery Charging) 8264/41.
82 -- Bellman Hangar.
83 -- Overblister Hangar.
84 -- Technical Latrine Block (W.A.A.F.).



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Three fighter pens for six fighters about half a squadron with Flight offices, Blisterhangar's and Bellman hangar.

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Bellman hangar.

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Blister hangar showing the curtains drawn back.

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Fighter pen.

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77 -- Sleeping Shelter PB. 103/41. The idea of a sleeping shelter is where the ground crew could sleep in relative safety close to their planes. Sleeping 32 men in three tiers.

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Plan.

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Plan of a 103/40 shelter.

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Permanent brick construction and reinforced concrete roof and piers.

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The original wooden door in place.

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Inside the sleeping shelter and the internal walls have been removed but there would have been three walls (see below).

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The internal walls with four bays each side and three bunks high.

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Reel´s of barbed wire that went around the perimeter at one time.

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Screw pickets to hold up the barbed wire.

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How the barbed wire should have looked.

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Screw pickets.

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Stocks of screw pickets.

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Fighter pen.

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The centre air-raid shelter.

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Plan.

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Fighter pen air-raid shelter and this shelter is fitted into the centre mound at the front of the pen. RAF Ibsley was designed as a front line fighter base and fulfilled that task all through the war. Holding a Wing of three squadrons, starting with Hurricanes and then Spitfires. The Americans came with heavy twin engined Lightening´s and Thunderbolts. When they all left the war had progressed further east and so Ibsley was not needed. RAF Upavon used it as a satellite for training purposes and then Transport Command as a Glider Pick-Up unit.

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Fighter pen and forward air-raid shelter.

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Fighter pens today at RAF Craughton with their earth berms removed.

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The air-raid shelter, remember there are Bats in there so DO NOT DISTERB them.

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RAF Ibsley, Hampshire Airfield Site
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69 -- Airmen´s Latrine Block TB. There were several huts for airmen to live away from their dispersed sites.

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03 August 2013

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69 -- Airmen´s Latrine Block TB.

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04 August 2005

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69 -- Airmen´s Latrine Block TB.

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04 August 2012

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69 -- Airmen´s Latrine Block TB.

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04 August 2012

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Foundations of a Blisterhangar. A concrete foundation with spikes hammered into the ground.

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Blister hanger being constructed, it needed no foundations as such just held down with spikes into the ground, a beaten earth floor and some had curtains made from tent canvas as doors.

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Makers Plate.


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Over Blister..

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04 August 2012

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Jerry can.

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Jerry can.

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Perimeter

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27 April 2004

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I think this is an original bridge put in to carry a fighters across the river to the Blisterhangar.

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How it may have looked.

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27 April 2004

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I think this is an original bridge put in to carry a fighter across the river to the Blisterhangar.

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27 April 2004

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Down by the river is another 32 man blast shelter.

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About 1946

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All along the west side as a child in the 60's I can remember passing all the buildings and fighter pens, then one day passing by, they and the gravel was removed.

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Plan of the area.

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1940's

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Fighter pen.

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Spitfire at Ibsley

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One of Ibsley's Spitfires. Clipped wing Spitfire Vb of 501 Squadron at Ibsley.
RAF Squadrons that used Ibsley.
32, 66, 118, 129, 165, 234, 263, 302, 310, 312, 421, 453, 501, 504 & 616.
USAAF Squadrons that used Ibsley.
71st, 94th, 492nd, 493rd, 494th, 371st, 14th, 392nd, 393rd & 394th.
No. 7 Flying Instructors School.
Transport Command Glider Pick-Up Training Flight.

RAF Ibsley, MS Flight Simulator 2004Terry's website.

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32 Sqn RAF.

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66 Sqn RAF.

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263 Sqn RAF.

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Cool doods.

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103 -- Enlarged Overblister Hangar ST.
104 -- Overblister Hangar.
105 -- Technical Latrine (W.A.A.F.).
106 -- S.A.A. Store.
107 -- Aircraft Pen.
108 -- Drying Room TB. 177415/40.
109 -- Home Guard Hut.
110 -- Sleeping Shelter PB. 115476/40
111 - 116 --- Airmen´s Barrack Huts TB. 177030/41.
117 -- Airmen´s Latrine Block TB.
118 -- P.A.C. Hut.
119 -- Emergency Water Storage Tank.
120 -- Drying Room TB. 177415/41.
121 -- Latrine Block.
122 -- Flight Office.
123 -- Officers Latrine Block TB.
124 -- Officers Quarters T. 55749/40.
125 - 126 -- Aircraft Pens (Single Engine).
127 -- Sleeve Streamer Mast.

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What I have found around the north side.

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04 June 2006

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Previously when the grass was short I found this Lewis Gun emplacement.

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Lewis gun twin AA mount.

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Lewis gun twin AA mount.

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15 March 2005

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Lewis Gun emplacement central mounting pin..

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Lewis gun twin AA mount.

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15 March 2005

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Double Lewis gun position in drain pipe positions.

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Concrete drain pipes.

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15 March 2005

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Stanton air-raid shelter.

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Inside a Stanton shelter.

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Concrete half sections of a Stanton shelter.

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15 March 2005

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The Stanton shelter has an entrance in one end and the other a concrete chimney escape with a steel ladder inside and a steel flip top lid over the hole.

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15 March 2005

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Fighter pen air-raid shelter 1.

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Fighter pen air-raid shelter 2.

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Fighter pen air-raid shelter 3.

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15 March 2005

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Sleeping shelter for 32 men.

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Sleeping shelter for 32 men 103/40.

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15 March 2005

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Tarmac roadway into a fighter pen.

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15 March 2005

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Roadway out to the perimeter track and then the runways. One of the last units to use RAF Ibsley was the Glider Pick-Up Unit. Their job was to go out and pick up gliders from the battlefield. A ground crew would go to (Normandy/Arnhem) or where ever and make a glider air worthy, then a Dakota with a special hook in its tail would fly in very low and hook onto the gliders tow rope. Continuing to fly al the time and snatch the glider. Taking it back to probably RAF Netheravon to be re furbished and made ready for its next role.

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Glider Pick-Up Unit.

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Glider Pick-Up Unit.

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Glider Pick-Up Unit.

RAF Ibsley, Hampshire Airfield Site

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15 March 2005

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The First Of the Few 1942 Leslie Howard avec David Niven

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501 Spitfire squadron at RAF Ibsley in 1942. Some of those posted at Ibsley had bit parts and helped contribute to a film starring David Niven and Leslie Howard

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501 Sqn crest.

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RAF Ibsley, Hampshire Airfield Site

15 March 2005

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The First Of the Few 1942 Leslie Howard avec David Niven

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The First of the Few (US title “Spitfire”') is a 1942 British black-and-white biographical film produced and directed by Leslie Howard, who stars as R. J. Mitchell, the designer of the Supermarine Spitfire fighter aircraft. David Niven co-stars as a Royal Air Force officer and test pilot, a composite character that represents the pilots who flew Mitchell's seaplanes and tested the Spitfire. The film depicts Mitchell's strong work ethic in designing the Spitfire and his death. The film's title alludes to Winston Churchill's speech describing Battle of Britain aircrew, subsequently known as the Few: "Never was so much owed by so many to so few". Leslie Howards portrayal of Mitchell has a special significance since Howard was killed when the Lisbon-to-London civilian airliner in which he was travelling was shot down by the Luftwaffe on 1 June 1943. His death occurred only days before The First of the Few was released in the United States on 12 June 1943. Wikipedia.

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The First of the Few told the true story of two of the most remarkable men in aviation history - visionary Spitfire designer RJ Mitchell and his test pilot Geoffrey Crisp. film starring David Niven and Leslie Howard

David Niven and Bunny Current. He was in command of Spitfire Squadron No.image 501 in August 1941. It was at this time that he played himself in the film The First of the Few. Wiki.