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  • ZRX61
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • May 2005
    • 4651

    RAF Fauld WWII explosion crater

    What's that all about then? I found a pic on the web, but no story...



    Edit:
    Thats odd, the pic changed, lol!
    Last edited by Moggy C; 27th November 2014, 13:51. Reason: image removed
    If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: It's all balls. RJM.
  • Denis
    The past is preferable!
    • Mar 2004
    • 1502

    #2
    http://www.carolyn.topmum.net/tutbur...auldcrater.htm
    Hertfordshire Airfields Memorial Group
    http://hamg.co.uk

    Hunsdon, Sawbridgeworth and Matching Green airfields..
    http://www.wartime-airfields.com

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    • ZRX61
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • May 2005
      • 4651

      #3
      Thanks
      If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: It's all balls. RJM.

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      • Creaking Door
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Sep 2006
        • 9815

        #4
        Not sure how it ties-up with the Ordnance Survey maps that you have posted but here is a Google Maps image of the (surprisingly small) crater...

        http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...43774&t=h&z=15

        ...there is (or should be) a Wikipedia link in the centre of the crater.
        WA$.

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        • ZRX61
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • May 2005
          • 4651

          #5
          Originally posted by Creaking Door View Post
          Not sure how it ties-up with the Ordnance Survey maps that you have posted but here is a Google Maps image of the (surprisingly small) crater...

          http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...43774&t=h&z=15

          ...there is (or should be) a Wikipedia link in the centre of the crater.
          The pic I originaly linked was a photo of the crater. A few minutes later it changed to what you now see... (they're on to us!)
          If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: It's all balls. RJM.

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          • Creaking Door
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Sep 2006
            • 9815

            #6
            Originally posted by ZRX61 View Post
            A few minutes later it changed to what you now see... (they're on to us!)
            I’m trying to find the ‘changed’ location now...

            ...while listening for the screech as unmarked cars pull-up outside!
            WA$.

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            • Creaking Door
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Sep 2006
              • 9815

              #7
              Found it...

              http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...43774&t=h&z=15

              ...still all-quiet outside!
              WA$.

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              • Creaking Door
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Sep 2006
                • 9815

                #8
                Apparently it is the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Burghfield...

                ...Im for it now! :diablo:

                (Screech!)
                WA$.

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                • OneEighthBit
                  With wings alone
                  • Mar 2008
                  • 728

                  #9
                  Yoinks!
                  Attached Files
                  "The best way to stop a crack in the fuselage spreading is to drill each end with a one eighth bit."
                  @HorsaJed | Jet Age Museum Horsa Cockpit Project

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                  • Martin Bull
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • May 2009
                    • 168

                    #10
                    A very good illustrated article about the Fauld Explosion can be found in After The Battle #18.....

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                    • spitfireman
                      Recovering
                      • Jun 2005
                      • 2817

                      #11
                      Jaw dropping
                      www.wallond.com

                      Can T22 WT525, Can B2 WD954, Pilatus P2 A-125 (cockpits)

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                      • Denis
                        The past is preferable!
                        • Mar 2004
                        • 1502

                        #12
                        Depends on which articles you read but:

                        Explosion heard 40 miles away, broke windows 25 miles away felt 70 miles away and recorded on Seismograph instruments in Casablanca and Greenland.
                        All that and the authorities kept it a secret!...how?
                        Hertfordshire Airfields Memorial Group
                        http://hamg.co.uk

                        Hunsdon, Sawbridgeworth and Matching Green airfields..
                        http://www.wartime-airfields.com

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                        • hunterxf382
                          Ex-RAF Tech 1978 -1989
                          • Sep 2005
                          • 1026

                          #13
                          I'm truely gobsmacked after reading about this - and seeing those photos.....
                          Pete Buckingham
                          Former RAF Engineer
                          Volunteer in Aviation
                          http://hunterxf382.weebly.com/

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                          • TwinOtter23
                            NAM volunteer-Plugmeister
                            • Jan 2006
                            • 7717

                            #14
                            In the early 1990s I visited the British Gypsum Fauld works several times to supervise some on-site publicity work. During the tea breaks the gypsum workers recounted many personal stories about lost family members and friends and an event, which at that time I knew little about the victims were still being remembered with reverence and dignity.
                            Find out what's happening at newarkairmuseum.org
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                            • adrian_gray
                              Which idiot let HIM in?
                              • Jan 2000
                              • 2937

                              #15
                              Originally posted by Denis View Post
                              Explosion heard 40 miles away, broke windows 25 miles away felt 70 miles away and recorded on Seismograph instruments in Casablanca and Greenland.
                              All that and the authorities kept it a secret!...how?
                              No internet! And plenty more serious things to worry about...

                              There was a brief mention of the Faulds explosion in British Archaeology recently - in a piece by Mick Aston where he was looking at the area, and at the use of gypsum particularly. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be on their website - but if a local library takes it...

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

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                              • ade wilkes
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Aug 2008
                                • 104

                                #16
                                also a farm dissapeared when it went up as it was built virtually on top.

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                                • ...starfire
                                  this space for rent
                                  • Jun 2004
                                  • 462

                                  #17
                                  Slightly off topic, but there is a story about an as yet unexploded underground mine full of WWI-dynamite below a farm near Messines/Belgium. Unfortunately the exact position got lost during the decades ...
                                  Cheers
                                  ...chris

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                                  • D1566
                                    Needs retiring.
                                    • Apr 2006
                                    • 2109

                                    #18
                                    Messines info

                                    Am I right in thinking that the Fauld site is designated as a war grave?
                                    Martin

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                                    • OneEighthBit
                                      With wings alone
                                      • Mar 2008
                                      • 728

                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by D1566 View Post
                                      Am I right in thinking that the Fauld site is designated as a war grave?
                                      Correct. Also off limits due to unexploded ordinance here and there.
                                      "The best way to stop a crack in the fuselage spreading is to drill each end with a one eighth bit."
                                      @HorsaJed | Jet Age Museum Horsa Cockpit Project

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                                      • vultee35
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Mar 2005
                                        • 1715

                                        #20
                                        According to the information on the sign ( 3/4 mile x 400ft deep ), on the website link posted earlier ( http://www.carolyn.topmum.net/tutbur...auldcrater.htm ), the crater isn't far off the dimensions of Meteor Crater in Arizona!
                                        Stephen Carr

                                        Only dead fish swim with the stream.

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