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  • Scott Marlee
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    • Oct 2007
    • 1884

    ww2 airfields in manchester

    i have a friend living in manchester who has mentioned that he lives on the outskirts of an old airfield, but he cant find any information on it, however he doesnt think its an RAF Base, can anyone help listing the names of airfields in and around manchester with locations please??
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  • wcfcfan
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    • Apr 2008
    • 244

    #2
    Whereabouts in Manchester, and I'll have a look for you

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    • Scott Marlee
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      • Oct 2007
      • 1884

      #3
      around the middleton area, just to the west i believe
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      • wcfcfan
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        • Apr 2008
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        #4
        Middleton as in nearer Rochdale? If so, I have nothing for miles around, on my usually very reliable map.

        If you mean another Middleton in west Manchester (which my map does not show me), could be X4NW Newton le Willows (now Haydock Park), EGCB Manchester (still a grass strip airfield) or X4WY Withenshaw (now the M60!), or it could be X4LD Lymm Dam (now agriculture)

        Can you be any more specific as to area, postcode for example or road name?
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        • Scott Marlee
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          • Oct 2007
          • 1884

          #5
          from the information told to me....he was in the ERV driving round manchester at the time (hes a paramedic) he explained that it was middleton just to the west of the M62 Pic attached..let me know if its any good
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          • wcfcfan
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            • Apr 2008
            • 244

            #6
            I cannot see anything in the whole screenshot, and as I say, it's usually pretty accurate.

            Sorry, maybe someone else knows better?
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            • Scott Marlee
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Oct 2007
              • 1884

              #7
              u wont be able to in the screen shot, but thats the area he gave me and told me too look west of middleton and up the M62, there is litterally just a tiny bit of grass and he said it was the only remains of the airfield
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              • pagen01
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                • Aug 2007
                • 10711

                #8
                Chadderton maybe?
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                • wcfcfan
                  Rank 4 Registered User
                  • Apr 2008
                  • 244

                  #9
                  Originally posted by Scott Marlee View Post
                  u wont be able to in the screen shot, but thats the area he gave me and told me too look west of middleton and up the M62, there is litterally just a tiny bit of grass and he said it was the only remains of the airfield
                  I didn't mean I was looking at the screen shot!

                  Pagen - was there a strip at Chadderton or was it just a factory which shipped fuselages out by road to Woodford? In any case, Scott's friend should know, because its a BAe site now?

                  Down the M62 is X4HD Huddersfield, thats still an airstrip though.

                  Ah, I think I have it. Do you mean Middleton south of Leeds? If so, X0MI Middleton, WWI use only, strip opened in 1916, located just off Ring Road Middleton, now housing, football pitches and some warehousing. I can't find any other history than that

                  Quite a long way from Middleton, Manchester though!

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                  • Scott Marlee
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                    • Oct 2007
                    • 1884

                    #10
                    when he gets online ill get an exact location
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                    • pagen01
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                      • Aug 2007
                      • 10711

                      #11
                      wcfcfan, it was just a factory, but wondering if the aviation link was what his friend might be on about.

                      Was / is Half Penny Green in the area? That was an old WWII airfield.
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                      • wcfcfan
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                        • Apr 2008
                        • 244

                        #12
                        Originally posted by pagen01 View Post
                        wcfcfan, it was just a factory, but wondering if the aviation link was what his friend might be on about.

                        Was / is Half Penny Green in the area? That was an old WWII airfield.
                        You mean 'Wolverhampton International Business Spaceport' as someone on here referred to it not long ago Sorry, I forget who it was, or I would have quoted you.

                        As stated above, its near Wolverhampton.
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                        • Philh
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                          • Jan 2000
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                          #13
                          I think you are referring to this area, Bader drive, heywood, ol10.

                          There are some military style buildings, but i'm not sure it was an airfield.

                          Just found this RAF NO 35 MU HEADQUARTERS HEYWOOD
                          Last edited by Philh; 18th August 2008, 20:45.
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                          • RAF Millom
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                            • Dec 2006
                            • 340

                            #14
                            Originally posted by Philh View Post
                            I think you are referring to this area, Bader drive, heywood, ol10.

                            There are some military style buildings, but i'm not sure it was an airfield.

                            Just found this RAF NO 35 MU HEADQUARTERS HEYWOOD
                            Taken from

                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/s...a2195868.shtml

                            When I went before a Selection Board at the Air Ministry for my commission I asked if it were possible to take a commission as an Equipment Officer. This request was granted and I was chosen as one of the first WAAFs to go on an Equipment course at Grange Over Sands in Lancashire. I passed the course successfully and was posted to Manchester to No. 35 M.U.
                            (Maintenance Unit). This was not an RAF Station but a civilian-manned unit at Heywood. The H.Q. was in Heywood itself but the various sites, which stocked balloon equipment, aircraft spares and motor transport spares etc. covered an area up to 10 - 15 miles.

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                            • Denis
                              The past is preferable!
                              • Mar 2004
                              • 1492

                              #15
                              Not this one on the M56 just west of the M6? A long way from Middleton I know
                              http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=53.34....1&r=0&src=msl
                              Hertfordshire Airfields Memorial Group
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                              Hunsdon, Sawbridgeworth and Matching Green airfields..
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                              • pagen01
                                St Mawganphile
                                • Aug 2007
                                • 10711

                                #16
                                Originally posted by wcfcfan View Post
                                You mean 'Wolverhampton International Business Spaceport' as someone on here referred to it not long ago Sorry, I forget who it was, or I would have quoted you.

                                As stated above, its near Wolverhampton.
                                Blimey, I am behind the times!

                                Sounds like Philh has got it.
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                                • pagen01
                                  St Mawganphile
                                  • Aug 2007
                                  • 10711

                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by Denis View Post
                                  Not this one on the M56 just west of the M6? A long way from Middleton I know
                                  http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=53.34....1&r=0&src=msl
                                  Ah ha the old RNAS Stretton, bit far West though.
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                                  • wcfcfan
                                    Rank 4 Registered User
                                    • Apr 2008
                                    • 244

                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by pagen01 View Post
                                    Sounds like Philh has got it.
                                    I'm tempted to agree. Presumably would have been an air strip as well if it was a Maintenance Unit? Strangle if it was, as I've not got it down as one.

                                    Steve

                                    Edit - Just read that quote from the BBC site, sounds like it was not an airfield
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                                    • pagen01
                                      St Mawganphile
                                      • Aug 2007
                                      • 10711

                                      #19
                                      Not nescesarily wcfcfan, there were some MUs that weren't based on airfields, more to do with storage and training I believe.
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                                      • Moggy C
                                        Moderator
                                        • Jan 2000
                                        • 20515

                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by wcfcfan View Post
                                        You mean 'Wolverhampton International Business Spaceport' as someone on here referred to it not long ago Sorry, I forget who it was, or I would have quoted you.
                                        Wolverhampton Intergalactic Business Spaceport. Get it right.

                                        It may well have been me, but it was only reportage, not of my devising.

                                        That name came into common use amongst the GA community when the field got pretensions of grandeur and renamed itself about three times in a year getting more ludicrously inflated and pompous each time.

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