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  • vultee35
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    Memphis Belle Dispersal Location?

    Did the Belle have a regular dispersal at Bassingbourn, and if so, where was it? A search of the net hasn't brought up any info and I'm not that familiar with the 91st BG and Bassingbourn to even know where each squadron was dispersed around the base.
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  • Ossington
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    #2
    I copied & pasted this image, from the internet recently. Can't remember where from though. Maybe try Airfield Information Exchange?

    https://imgur.com/a/jYt5kQw

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    • adrian_gray
      Which idiot let HIM in?

      #3
      You might not find she had a dispersal as such - at Bassingbourn the aircraft were often dispersed up the avenue of elms leading to Wimpole Hall.

      https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ba...6!4d-0.0538964

      It's the linear feature running due North up the middle of the image.

      Adrian
      "Snow clearing equipment has been found under snowdrift" - message sent from RNAS Hatston, Orkney, 1944.

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      • ozplane
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        #4
        And one where every private pilot in East Anglia wants to do at least a "touch and go" along it.

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        • Wyvernfan
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          #5
          The 324th were dispersed in the southern corner closest to Bassingbourn village. The Belle did generally have its own dispersal - most of the time, which I believe was one of the three bottom left closest to the airfield buildings. But of all the dispersals shown only one now still exists.



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          • Bob
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            #6
            Originally posted by ozplane
            And one where every private pilot in East Anglia wants to do at least a "touch and go" along it.
            Did a 'victory roll' along it in MJ627, which was nice....

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            • adrian_gray
              Which idiot let HIM in?

              #7
              You can go right off some people... :-P

              Adrian

              (Rob - where di you find that stunning photo?)

              "Snow clearing equipment has been found under snowdrift" - message sent from RNAS Hatston, Orkney, 1944.

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              • RAFRochford
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                #8
                Having just had a flick through "Memphis Belle, Dispelling the Myths" (Great book by the way), it states that it is believed that Belle did indeed have a regular hardstand, and this was stand # 9. However, it does point out that this is yet to be proven beyond doubt. If it was stand # 9, then it would seem that it still survives on Guise Lane just north of the farm buildings.

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                • Wyvernfan
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                  #9
                  Adrian - just a Wiki Photo..

                  https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=ra...zGiF4eFLe5HSUM

                  Steve - as I said, most of the time. Many veterans who could confirm have now gone onto blue skies. Coupled with fading memories, you can take your pick.
                  Personally I was told the one nearest the airfield buildings.



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                  • RAFRochford
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                    #10
                    I was just going by the book, and know that 30 years of research went into it (I know Graham and met Harry Friedman at the book launch at Bassingbourne) It's pretty exhaustive and doesn't leave a stone unturned. Graham used to post here...wonder if he'll chip in?

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                    • vultee35
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                      #11
                      Thanks for the responses. Back in 1997 and 1999, I flew over many of the 8th Air Force bases including Bassingbourn. I was just curious whether any of my pictures had caught the area of the dispersal.
                      Stephen Carr

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                      • Vintage
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                        #12
                        Some great info here. Very interesting to compare modern Google earth with the original photos, particularly Robs shot of the dispersals dated 29/12/43. Interesting that the sewage farm is still there. Just close by are two square buildings with strange "W" shaped features on two sides. I guess these are blast walls and the buildings are some type of storage? On modern Google earth, you can see these are still there and the area is surrounded by what looks like a considerable fence. Anyone know what those buildings were for?
                        Cheers
                        V

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                        • Ossington
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                          #13
                          Storage for aircraft ammunition. .303 and .5 in this case. I have a drawing number listed somewhere, but there's more on Aix. Those at RAF Newton, (in the trees behind the range) were demolished a while back. The give-away W is a blast wall.

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                          • Vintage
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                            #14
                            Yes, suspected that was the case. It looks like they were used until very recently. I can imagine the millions of rounds of 0.5 that were processed there in WW2.
                            Cheers
                            V

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