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  • Andr1967
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • May 2009
    • 174

    Auster airstrips in Holland, april 1945

    Hi All,

    the 1st Canadian Army used many Auster planes during its advance in Holland in Spring 1945. Coming april, one these airstrips will be activated again at Twickel Mansion, near Delden. This mansion was used as a HQ for the 1st Canadian Army and Auster planes operated from its fields next door. I was wondering if any if you knows which squadron(s) were involved and if any pictures exist. Probably mk.3 or mk.5?
    I am involved some how but our mk.6 VF608 is far from ready so some other planes will participate.


    Cheers, Andr
  • Andr1967
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • May 2009
    • 174

    #2
    To add to above: this airstip was called Porter Field. Not sure where its name originated or if it was RCAF Porter Field or similiar.

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    • Roborough
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Nov 2011
      • 310

      #3
      The Canadian Auster squadrons were 664 from March 1945 and 665 from late April 45. 665 was disbanded on 10 July 1945 and replaced with 666 Sqn. Also present (from early 1945) was 662 Squadron RAF.
      The Canadian units all flew Auster IV's or V's.
      Regards
      Bill

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      • Andr1967
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • May 2009
        • 174

        #4
        Bill, thank you. Just found this commemoration from 2010. I guess it could be an original picture attached. I saw a picture of Canadians using a mk.5 near Barneveld so this could be a mk.4.


        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcpN3m3MUkI

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        • Andr1967
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • May 2009
          • 174

          #5
          In addition to my first question:
          Is it known what kind of equipment like radios was available for airstrips like this one?
          WS18,19 or 38 radio's?

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          • austernj673
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • May 2008
            • 586

            #6
            The Auster Air Observation Post aircraft were fitted with WS22.

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            • Roborough
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Nov 2011
              • 310

              #7
              Hi Andre:
              The Auster in the picture looks like a MkIII with a Gypsy Major engine. Mks IV & V both had Lycoming engines. The MkV is basically a MkIV with a blind flying panel.
              Sorry can't help you with the radios.
              Interestingly, one of the Canadian pilots attached to 666 Squadron was one Lt James Doohan of the Royal Canadian Artillery, much better known to us as "Scotty", Chief engineer of the Enterprise on the original Star Trek series.
              Regards
              Bill

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              • Andr1967
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • May 2009
                • 174

                #8
                Bill,

                thanks again for the information. I am pretty known with the Auster mk.6 we own but lack knowledge of the older types.
                Looks like the folks in 2010 used the wrong picture than.

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                • ericmunk
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Apr 2009
                  • 1742

                  #9
                  Hi Andr. There is a crew working on a book on all former airfield and airstrips in The Netherlands. This includes all WW2 airstrips. They might have more information for you. PM for details, please.

                  If you are flying into this temporary Delden strip, beware of field conditions. The last time the strip was active the field was very soft and very wet.

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                  • Andr1967
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • May 2009
                    • 174

                    #10
                    Hi Eric,

                    indeed conditions were not 100% 5 years ago. One of the planes kissed the mud. I never made it to the airstrip myself as the remaining air ops for the weekend took place from Hoogeveen ap.
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                    • Andr1967
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • May 2009
                      • 174

                      #11
                      Kissing the mud. Just scroll down these pages a little.
                      http://www.airnieuws.nl/phregister/4...artnieuws.html

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                      • baz62
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Jul 2009
                        • 132

                        #12
                        Originally posted by Roborough View Post
                        Hi Andre:

                        Interestingly, one of the Canadian pilots attached to 666 Squadron was one Lt James Doohan of the Royal Canadian Artillery, much better known to us as "Scotty", Chief engineer of the Enterprise on the original Star Trek series.
                        Regards
                        Bill
                        You might be interested to know a MK V that (apparently) James Doohan flew is being restored here in New Zealand. ZK-AXP ex TJ567 near Auckland in New Zealand.

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                        • wieesso
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Aug 2006
                          • 1862

                          #13
                          @Andr1967
                          Maybe a source for your questions in #1
                          http://s530.photobucket.com/user/drm...web-1.jpg.html

                          Martin

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                          • Roborough
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Nov 2011
                            • 310

                            #14
                            Originally posted by baz62 View Post
                            You might be interested to know a MK V that (apparently) James Doohan flew is being restored here in New Zealand. ZK-AXP ex TJ567 near Auckland in New Zealand.
                            That's interesting. Is it being restored to fly? I believe the TCA museum in Manitoba recently acquired a Mk.5 that was flown by one of the Canadian Air OP squadrons.
                            Bill

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                            • Roborough
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Nov 2011
                              • 310

                              #15
                              Maybe a source for your questions in #1
                              http://s530.photobucket.com/user/drm...web-1.jpg.html

                              Martin[/QUOTE]

                              Another good book on Air OP in Canada is:
                              "Canada's Flying Gunners" by Lt Col. DL. Fromow

                              Bill

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                              • Robert Whitton
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Jan 2005
                                • 1342

                                #16
                                Originally posted by Roborough View Post
                                I believe the TCA museum in Manitoba recently acquired a Mk.5 that was flown by one of the Canadian Air OP squadrons.
                                Bill
                                Here it is at Eshott with Karl Edmondson
                                Attached Files
                                Robert Whitton,
                                Edinburgh, Scotland

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                                • scotavia
                                  scotavia
                                  • Nov 2005
                                  • 2834

                                  #17
                                  Great thread, I have always had a liking for Austers and have been lucky to fly in two,one of which NJ673 was used across temporary landing grounds and is now owned by a forum member(its part of his sig! )

                                  I would love to have one and use it for my aerial photo work,however we need a C of A aircraft due to the rules in the UK.
                                  Last edited by scotavia; 31st January 2015, 14:53. Reason: typo

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                                  • Andr1967
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • May 2009
                                    • 174

                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by wieesso View Post
                                    @Andr1967
                                    Maybe a source for your questions in #1
                                    http://s530.photobucket.com/user/drm...web-1.jpg.html

                                    Martin
                                    Interesting feed back. Thanks!

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                                    • Andr1967
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • May 2009
                                      • 174

                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by Roborough View Post
                                      Maybe a source for your questions in #1
                                      http://s530.photobucket.com/user/drm...web-1.jpg.html

                                      Martin
                                      Another good book on Air OP in Canada is:
                                      "Canada's Flying Gunners" by Lt Col. DL. Fromow

                                      Bill[/QUOTE]

                                      So I need two. LOL

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                                      • Andr1967
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • May 2009
                                        • 174

                                        #20
                                        Sadly both books seem out of stock.

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