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Re: Swingate Guston Airfields
« Reply #49 on: May 01, 2011, 07:17:33 »
Thanks HERB COLLECTOR, a great piece of info.
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Re: Swingate Guston Airfields
« Reply #48 on: April 30, 2011, 23:00:57 »
No 53 T.D.S. (Training Depot Station) was formed July 15th 1918 and disbanded during 1919.
Personnel strenth was 570 with 24 Avro 504ks and 24 Camels.
Source;Action Stations 9. C Ashworth.
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Re: Swingate Guston Airfields
« Reply #47 on: April 30, 2011, 22:08:53 »
Yep I know that doug, But that's what it says. I think the uniforms look more recent too.
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Re: Swingate Guston Airfields
« Reply #46 on: April 30, 2011, 18:47:14 »
The Royal air Force came into being on the 1st April 1918.

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Re: Swingate Guston Airfields
« Reply #45 on: April 30, 2011, 10:03:49 »
A photo marked RAF 1917.
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Re: Swingate Guston Airfields
« Reply #44 on: March 20, 2011, 20:55:00 »
October 5th 1913.

"R.F.C. at Dover.
A DETACHMENT of the 5th Squadron of the Royal Flying
Corps is now at Dover with a view to testing the possibilities of
Dover as an aviation station. The officers and men are quartered
in the Military Prison while the machines, including two Maurice
Farmans, are housed in canvas hangars on Swingate Downs, which
is being used as a flying ground."


(From Flight Magazine)
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Re: Swingate Guston Airfields
« Reply #43 on: March 13, 2011, 16:19:43 »
That's what it used to be alright nick_deal.I think i saw the old groundsman's name in the local paper's death column this week.R.I.P.

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Re: Swingate Guston Airfields
« Reply #42 on: March 10, 2011, 17:05:09 »
Thanks for this post I thought I was suffering from delusion.  I have  a memory as a youngster  ( late 60's early 70's ) walking over the hills near the Danes and finding  what looked like a Airfield    as a grew older i put it down to a childhood fantasy

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Re: Swingate Guston Airfields
« Reply #41 on: January 28, 2011, 08:02:25 »
Were these the camps opposite each other halfway down upper road?We got a telling off from a rather unpleasant policeman for playing about on the sites(early 1960's) which were demolished later anyway.On the right hand(looking towards St.Margarets)one's gatepost it actually had the name or badge of the unit stationed there.On the other side of the road was a site with gunpits(?)which was a smallholding last time i drove that way.Probably the site delboy mentions above.

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Re: Swingate Guston Airfields
« Reply #40 on: January 27, 2011, 16:33:17 »
That's fascinating, Delboy. Never seen a photo from that angle. Thanks for posting it.
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Re: Swingate Guston Airfields
« Reply #39 on: January 25, 2011, 22:52:52 »
That's really interesting Delboy, didn't know about half that stuff - thanks for going to the trouble. Think how overgrown Bleriot's monument is now.
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Re: Swingate Guston Airfields
« Reply #38 on: January 25, 2011, 20:14:27 »


I have enlarged and marked this 1949 aerial photo showing Broadlees and Swingate RFC airfield
A. these are the officers bungalows that I delivered milk to circa 1955. The 2 storey buildings by the bungalows weren,t there then, only the bungalows.
A1. site of the junior officers mqs that were built about the same time as Connaught Brks
B. Bleriots landing spot. You can just make out the concrete marker.
C. these were OR mqs that were still there in 1954/55
D. this was a small military camp along Reach Rd.  Wooden Huts.
 The dotted line is where Jubilee Way now cuts through. delboy
 

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Re: Swingate Guston Airfields
« Reply #37 on: January 20, 2011, 13:44:44 »
Thanks Delboy
I thought that might be the case but I wasn't quite sure where Tintown was
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Re: Swingate Guston Airfields
« Reply #36 on: January 20, 2011, 11:40:31 »
Great pictures trikeman, in pic 2 the outlines of what I knew as tintown are clearly visible. So I assume that they started out as accommodation for the airfield staff before the army had them, delboy

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Re: Swingate Guston Airfields
« Reply #35 on: January 19, 2011, 23:09:48 »
Hi Delboy,
Yes it probably was me - I didn't see any other microlights about. I was trying to get more detailed pics of the old Guston Rd site but the wispy clouds were down too low for me to get any really decent shots. Just an excuse to get in the air really, and I never tire of flying along the cliffs - there is still so much history to see. Bit cold though!
Here's a few interesting ones
Trikeman

This is the main area that was once Guston Rd Airfield


This wooded area contained the hangars and other buildings; across the road was the hutted accomodation - there are still a lot of field marks visible.


The last picture shows many signs of the extensive buildings once at Swingate - look at the old aerial picture and you'll see the two groups of hangars running parallel to the road.

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