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The airfield now is mostly gravel extraction lakes but there is still lots to see. To the N/E dispersed accommodation sites. To the east the Battle Head Quarters.

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Plan BHQ.

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Defence troops.

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To park safely here just north of the old Station Head Quarters Moyles Court school.

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Plan.

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Station Head Quarters Moyles Court school.

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Plan of the route to take
Red line -- Path.
EWS -- Emergency Water Supply (was the pond feeding the water fountain at Moyles Court).
153 -- P.B.X. Building TB. 133727/41.
154 -- Signals Block.
155 -- Signals Workshop.
156 -- Battle HQ. 110006/??
157/158/159 -- S.A.A. Stores (Small Arms Ammunition).
Barrow -- A sunken drain pipe Lewis gun AA position.
Zig Zag lines -- Trenches covering dead ground.
AA -- Two drain pipes buried for anti-aircraft defence and local defence.
Defence position -- A large depression in the ground, over looking the whole airfield and all around defence.
Rifle Range -- There are some remains, very hard to find but signs are there of a hut, a couple of lines for riflemen to line up. Butts could be the hill over the stream??

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A lovely air photo of where the BHQ is situated and the clear views it had all around the airfield.
CT -- Control Tower.
HQ -- Station Head Quarters.

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BHQ plan.

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The entrance into the wood with the first S.A.A. store 157 just on the left.

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.303 ammunition clip..

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.303 Lee Enfield Rifle..


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S.A.A. store No.157.

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Home Guard.

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Take the left path and on the right is another S.A.A. store, there should be another close by..

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Home Guard.

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When you reach this little Christmas tree on the left, a small path takes you up to the BHQ, or continue up the hill and there is an easier path off to the left..

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The modified entrance to the BHQ.

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BHQ plan.

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The long entrance being cleaned out by some young lads that decided on their own backs to clean it up 26 August 2012.

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BHQ plan.

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The long entrance being cleaned out by some young lads that decided on their own backs to clean it up 26 August 2012.

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BHQ plan.

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The extra cupola that has been added here.

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BHQ plan.

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The main cupola and emergency escape man hole.

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BHQ plan.

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The main entrance.

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BHQ plan.

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The entrance.

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BHQ plan.

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Turning left and left again, a set of stairs up into the added cupola.

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BHQ plan.

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BHQ plan with yellow the outline of the two cupolas.
The reasons why a BHQ was built was to help defend the airfield from an enemy attack. When the threat level became such, the stations commander would leave his office and head for the BHQ. He would have about three none flying officers with him and a small group of airmen & runners.
In the centre was the Station Commanders office, at least two officer in each cupola. The airmen-runners would wait in their room. The PBX room ( Private Branch Exchange) would have a signaller sat at his desk. There was a small toilet with an Elsan bucket for convenience.
All orders in and out would be by telephone (PBX), but if the lines were down or a message had to be sent to a defence area with no phone. A runner would be sent out with the message.

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PBX phone block.

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An Elsan toilet bucket.

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The additional cupola inside.
The battle theory at the time was that German parachutists would land on the airfield and make them safe for gliders to land and then heavy transports could bring in more men and equipment.
The defence plan was to surround the airfield with defences as pillboxes, trenches, sunken pipes with machine guns in, etc. There were also tubes of explosives sunk under the runways to blow them up if needed. Most defences pointed inward and the BHQ was the command centre to run the battle, so it had to be in a position where it could view the whole battle area. With RAF Ibsley the BHQ was placed on a hill over looking the airfield and either at the time it was being built or later on the main runway was extended to the south. So either the second cupola was added later or as it was being built??

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Fallschirmjäger.

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German Fallschirmjäger dropping on to Crete.

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German glider and pilots.

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View out of the additional cupola.

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Original runway layout.

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Extended runway layout.

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Inside the second cupola.

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BHQ plan.

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Elsan toilet (I have added an Elsan I found at RAF Hurn).

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BHQ plan.

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The messengers and runners rest room. There would have been a place to hangup their equipment and weapons (if they had one) and a bench to sit on. A window into the Office where messages could be passed through.

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BHQ plan.

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The messengers and runners rest room. A wooden bench set against the wall and coat hooks above. The pipe top right is an air vent.

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Coat hooks above and bench below.

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Coat hooks and hat shelf at RAF Marston Moor.

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PBQ room.
This is where a telephone board was up against the wall and all telephone messages would have come and gone from here.

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BHQ plan.

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PBX phone board.

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PBX room.
Looking out towards the Messenger & Runners room and a small window to allow access to the Office.

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BHQ plan.

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Office.
The two windows opposite, one for the Messengers and the other to the PBX room. A table would have been placed here and maybe a telephone, maps of the airfield. A plan of action.

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BHQ plan.

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Office.
Window to the Messengers room.

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Office.
Window to the PBX.

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Office facing the other way and a door to the second cupola.

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BHQ plan.

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Passage way to the second cupola.

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BHQ plan.

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Escape ladder.

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The second cupola.

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BHQ plan.

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The second cupola.
The view out.

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The second cupola.

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The second cupola.
The way out of the room.

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BHQ plan.

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The second cupola.
The way out of the room.

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BHQ plan.

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The two cupolas.

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Escape man hole.

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BHQ plan.

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The two cupolas.

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Plan of the defences found.
Red - trenches.
Tumulus - Lewis AA gun.

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Lewis gun.

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Tumulus - Lewis AA gun.
Set into a concrete drainage tube.

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Tumulus - Lewis AA gun.
Set into a concrete drainage tube. As it is today 2018.

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Tumulus - Lewis AA gun.
Set into a concrete drainage tube.

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Double Lewis gun mount.

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Double Lewis guns.

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Concrete drainage pipes.

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Trenches.
Hard to see in these pictures are a set of trenches, there are several picket posts set in holding back sheets of corrugated iron sheets.

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Trench.
Sheets held back by picket posts.

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Another trench on the hill covering the rear of the defence overlooking the hill to the east.

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Another view of the trench.

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Looking out over the hill, to the half left are more AA machine gun sites laid out across the ridge.

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Lewis gun drainage pipe defence.

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Lewis gun drainage pipe defence.

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Concrete drain pipes.

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Twin Lewis gun position.

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Twin Lewis Gun.

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The view down to the Control Tower.

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Plan elevation of the 518/40 control tower.

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Plan of the 518/40 control tower.

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Plan of the area.

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View down to the Control Tower looking out onto the airfield 1940's.

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Looking across a small valley is another defence position in the trees.

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A hollowed out area overlooking the airfield with a rear entrance that may have been a small trench. More a local HQ OP covering this part of the open forest.

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The view down they would have had.

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The view over the other side looking south at woodland that was the Rifle range..

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A modern rifle range.

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I never found any evidence of a shooting in butts.

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Flying display at Ibsley

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