EGLK BLACKBUSHE

all photos from Malcolm Hemming except where stated

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Blackbushe Tower 1948

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Blackbushe Flight Clearance 1948

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LK2a Backbushe VCR Control Desk  (A unit control desk Mk 4) January 1959 – Les Tranter

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Assistant position

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AFISO position

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Harry Hobden, Blackbushe MTCA ATCO

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LK12 photo via Barry Davidson.

RAF Avro Lancaster, PD328 “Aries”, Blackbushe, August 1946

Aires flights of 1945

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LK13 a later tower (which now – 2016 – is much changed and updated), photo via Barry Davidson

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LK14 aerial photo via Barry Davidson

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LK15 next few photos from Malcolm Hemming

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LK16 the panel and VCR interior looking a little faded so

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LK17  a temporary tower solution in order to build a new tower

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LK20  we’re indebted to David Hill, the Ballykelly and Shackleton guy to go to at the Ulster Aviation Society who says that its Blackbushe in 1958. That airfield was used for customs clearing when Shacks came in from overseas prior to returning to their home base. It was also the departure point for Shacks transporting troops to the Middle East during the Suez crisis in 1956. The Shackleton is a MR II coded Q/38.

EGPC Wick

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PC1   photos via Simon Card

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PC2  the old watch room at Wick

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PC4 I think this picture is by Dave Greer

now some photos via Chris Stock

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Wick old ATC

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PC10,11,12,13,14 via Avril Hardie . Avril tells us that yes it is a wooden tower.

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Mystery towers

Our Friends at the Control Tower site have asked for more input on the following 6 towers.

new MT1a  First impressions, row of three windows, balcony, side stairs, maybe three filled in lower windows are that its a 1940s AM/RAF tower However the more we look at it we’re not convinced it is a 1940s AM/RAF tower or even that its in the UK. Even the 30 numbering doesn’t look typical for a British tower and British runway QDM designators are usually (?) black on white or yellow. Wish the truck was clearer, it could be British or American military/ex military from the 1940s or 1950s.

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MT1aa a USAAF manned tower on an airfield with a runway 06. One vehicle (second right) is a Command Car usually reserved for high rank officers.

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M1b It has been suggested that it might be Boxted but a close look at the Jeep markings suggests possibly the 55th Fighter Group who were at Nuthampstead and Wormingford.

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MT1f Mustangs parked up far right plus maybe a larger twin fin aircraft

New MT2 below showing a rather “casual” tower facility

Mystery 2

The swastika was not yet a sinister emblem, rather the opposite and it may be a unit or personal marking of a British squadron.  Think this is a Blackburn T2 Dart, a FAA Torpedo bomber in service 1923-33. Another Dart was recorded with similar wheel centres, in service with 461 Flight that served on HMS Furious but also at Gosport.

Mystery 2

MT3 Hunter WT806 at an airshow somewhere judging by the shops and burger van. The Hunter carries different squadron badges on the nose and fin.

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MT4     Gnat XP536 / 103 from the CFS.    Despite the trainer aircraft types including two with the CFS badge its not Little Rissington or Valley. XP536 was tragically lost in a collision at Valley in the mid 1970s

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MT7 Hawks for advanced training and weapons training, tail of a Chipmunk on the left. The grey Hawk is XX196. Having looked at all the suggestions and compared each candidate with other photos of those towers, we think its Wattisham.

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NEW MT8  Miles Messenger G-AJVL in front of a possible pre 1939 single storey tower/watchroom/chief pilots office.

ATC staff in the later 1940s

These photos have been provided by Avril Hardie to see if they can be identified. Some locations in her album have been identified and those locations have been in Scotland, Cumbria and maybe Northern Ireland.

its a gut feeling here at atchistory towers that photos 2, 3 and 4 and 20 – 23 are maybe an area unit but where? Logically it might be Redbrae (ScATCC) or Preston Area Centre. An alternative is perhaps the earlier Translatlantic Control Centre at Prestwick Airport. The lady in photo 2 is discretely holding a plaque toward the camera with OBI or QBI (or O/Q81or similar ?) does this ring a bell with anyone.

There are some 30 plus photos eventually to be published , maybe some of our senior readers might identify a face from the past?

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2 our friend Colin McKeeman says if the plaque is QBI, then in the W/T Q code that was the three digit code meaning “the control zone regulations are in force”. Maybe its some kind of flag put out to inform controllers of the fact and/or info to be passed to pilots? In my day we had engraved rectangular plaques in flight progess  strip holders.
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4 maybe a Watch Supervisors desk?
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6d is this the inside of the tower building above?
6e an AFS section
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9 this and the one above seem to be in front of a GCA radar aerial truck, maybe a GCA/PAR course somewhere (Aldermaston or Hurn?) That’s Tommy Grant, later (?) of Nutts Corner and Aldergrove extreme right on 8 above and second left on this one. The woman seems to be wearing an American Army WAC uniform not a WAAF or ATS uniform.
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12 is Heathrow,
13 how appropriate but health and safety now would not approve of this technique for giving some one the chop,
14 and they would like even less playing with Verey pistols
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17 morse key extreme bottom right and a map of this (?) airfield which could be Kirkwall, Orkney?
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17a is this the aerodrome whose map is shown on the desk in 17. If so it is Kirkwall.
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19 is on Islay

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EGPD Aberdeen (Dyce) ATC Control Tower

Early Days at Aberdeen civil ATC in the wartime Watchroom.

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Is that an Ekco radar that Bill Bain is operating?

ATC staff were housed at Kirkhill Dyce in old army huts on the edge of the runway. Bill Bain, Bill Walton and Vic Oldcorn were all housed here in early 1950s. All eventually moved to Redbrae.

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HRH Princess Elizabeth arriving at Dyce 1951 with Bill Bain (photos above from Heather Bain, Bill’s daughter.

The new Tower the “Ziggurat”

“Built in receding tiers upon a rectangular, oval, or square platform, the ziggurat was a pyramidal structure with a flat top”     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziggurat

the 1984 Aberdeen ATC Brochure gives snapshot of their task in the mid 80s

ATC at Aberdeen brochure 1984

A “flight” around the tower

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The chap in the waistcoat at dusk is John Reynolds, who later moved to EGCC and later EGPX. – Steve Balfour

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The next four photos were dated from 1981

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EGPD Tower august 1981 (1)PD12

EGPD Tower august 1981 (4)PD13

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above and below, 264 radar at Perwinnes Hill.

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three pictures of Perwinnies Hill radar site by Alan Dodson

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PD16a  Bertil Ohlson possibly at Perwinnies Hill

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A walk through the Approach Room

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PD25 – A Dyce Christmas Card candidate

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pictures above and below taken by Chris Stock in 1982

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