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72. Petrol Instalation - Aviation 78,000 Galls. 1491/44.

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68. General Purpose Hut           T.B.              12790/42.
70. Latrine                                   T.B.                 9026/41.
71. Picket Post                           T.B.                 1580/42.
72. Petrol Instalation - Aviation 78,000 Galls. 1491/44.

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72. Petrol Instalation - Aviation 78,000 Galls. 1491/44.

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This photo was taken in 2004 and you can see in the middle a square building protruding, this is the pump house a crusiforme shaped building. The rear will be seen in later pictures.

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Fuel pumps.

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Fuel guage.

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Fuel tanks would be underground.

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72. Petrol Instalation - Aviation 78,000 Galls. 1491/44.

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68. General Purpose Hut T.B. 12790/42. was there as a crew room for members of the fuel detail. It may have been for sleaping.
70. Latrine                          T.B.   9026/41. a small toilet block of a standard style used on all airfields.

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68. General Purpose Hut T.B. 12790/42. This is how the hut may have looked.

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T.B. Temporary Brick, a half brick wall with brick piers.

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70. Latrine T.B. 9026/41. a small toilet block.

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70. Latrine T.B. 9026/41. a small toilet block.

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72. Petrol Instalation - Aviation 78,000 Galls. 1491/44.

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71. Picket Post                           T.B.                 1580/42.
A sort of police post, when you need to enter the camp you sign in and then out when you leave, fuel tankers arriving again sign in and out. so anything passing has to be recorded.
72. Petrol Instalation - Aviation 78,000 Galls. 1491/44.

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71. Picket Post T.B.1580/42.
The same type as this one at RAF Bibury.

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71. Picket Post T.B.1580/42. inside.

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71. Picket Post T.B.1580/42. entrance door.


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RAF Charmey Down's 15425/40 Petrol Installation - Aviation. The one here would have been much bigger..

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72. Petrol Instalation - Aviation 78,000 Galls. 1491/44.

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The back wall of the barn showing up part of the 15425/40 Petrol Installation - Aviation building. Basically a pump house to transfer fuel from the tanks of 78,000Galls of aviation fuel into tankers (Bowsers in the RAF) to refuel the aircraft out on the airfield.

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RAF Charmey Down's 15425/40 Petrol Installation - Aviation. The one here would have been much bigger..

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Bedford POOL delivery tanker, from the refineries to the airfield. A government company delivered all fuel in WW2.

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72. Petrol Instalation - Aviation 78,000 Galls. 1491/44.

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An American tanker filling up from an RAF pump house exactly as it would have looked here..

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73. M& E plinth

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M&E plinth is where a cable runs around the airfield and to junktion boxes that can convert the power up or down to what is needed in the area if the mains power fails.
The plinth on the plan is in the wrong place, it was further back under the far hedge. Plans are as accurate as needed and are never absoulutely accurate. I could not find this plinth on my visit in 2018.

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73. I am sure was actually here.

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Plan of an M&E Plinth.s

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A piece of armoured cable that ran arund airfields.

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The new memorial to the airfield.

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The new memorial to the airfield.

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The new memorial to the airfield.

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Perimeter Track

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Light fittings set out along the inside of the perimeter track.

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Red is the road layout today and yellow the memorial.

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Perimeter lighting type C.2. M&E Drg. Nos. 12043/41 & 728/41.

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Perimeter lighting type C.2. M&E Drg. Nos. 12043/41 & 728/41.

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Perimeter Track

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Light fittings set out along the inside of the perimeter track.

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Flush concrete manhole cover for landing lights, I see some were 6volts

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Landing lights.

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Perimeter Track

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Perimeter running into the No.3 - 02 runway. The RAF started to number runways, if there were two runways then 01and going clockwise 02,03 & 04. Along came the Americans and they started using the Heading number of the cumpass. So this runway was 02 compass bearing.

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02 runway.

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Runway 02, the runways waere all 150ft wide and perimeter tracks 50ft wide.

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The roadway is now the teo red lines but the runway is much wider.

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Dispersals

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Spectical dispersals along the south side of the airfield for eight aircraft, there were 50 dispersals laid out here.

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Spectical dispersals.

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This is the site of the first T2 aircraft hangar.

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T2 at RAF Elvington.

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T2 hangar 1

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50. Armoury - Squadron N. 2406/43.
51. Store Block               N. 2406/43.
52. Latrines Technical  T.B. 9026/41.
53. Hangar (23bay)       T2. 3653/42.
N = Nissan Hutting. T.B. Temporary Brick.

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T2 hangar.


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52. Latrines Technical  T.B. 9026/41.


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Store Block/Armoury, Nissan 2406/43.

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T2 hangar 1

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50. Armoury - Squadron N. 2406/43.
51. Store Block                N. 2406/43. This is a tripple length Nissen hut making for more room.
I have added a Nissen hut to show what it may have been like.

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50. Armoury - Squadron N. 2406/43.
51. Store Block               N. 2406/43.

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2406/43 extended Nissan hut.

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M&E Plinth

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M&E Plinth not on the plan.

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M&E plinth.

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M&E Plinth

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M&E Plinth not on the plan. Blast wall covering the entrance.

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Petrol Instillation - Aviation

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49. Petrol Instillation - Aviation 72,000galls 13022/42. A circular road allowing tankers to drive in and around and out without reversing.

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This is very like it was there.

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The other roadway in.

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Perimeret Track

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50ft wide and about 4.5 miles long.

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Site 1 Airfield

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On the right was the:
1. Guard House & Fire Party N 1204/41.
2. M&E Plinth

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16ft Nissan hut.

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3. Fire Tender House N 12410/41. This is a fire station for the camp and not aicraft, so would be called out to more domestic fires.

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A US Jeep fire tender.

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Trailor pump set..

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