|Mar 17, 2009, 12:04 PM|
Return to my old club
As I was visiting my Father on sunday, I took the opportunity to visit the club I used to be a member of.
The Stansted Model flying club are based at the site of an old WW2 American airfield, between the villages of Hadstock and Little Walden.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Little_Walden
During WW2 first the 409th Bombardment Group (Light) flew A-20 havocs and A-26 Invaders, then the 361st Fighter Group moved in with their P-51 Mustangs. The last days of the war in Europe saw the 493rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) move in with B-17s while their base at RAF Debach was repaired (the runway was cracking up, shoddy building). Post war the 56th Fighter Group used it as a staging post prior to their return to the USA.
Finally it was handed over to the RAF who used it as a storage facility until it was sold off in 1958.
Not many people where there when I got there, as it was late suday afternoon, but those that were there gave me a warm welcome and I got to see some fine helicopter flying.
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|Mar 17, 2009, 12:17 PM|
I often travel past this site due to work commitments (Autoglass) and I had to go onto the main site which is further down the road from the main control tower building in the picture.
There's a commercial vehicle garage (Coston Commercials) there which still has the big black board on at the very back of the building which the controllers used to chalk up the pilots and their aircraft numbers I guess. Excellent.
I think it will be the hangar hiding behind the trees which is in your picture
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