from Steve Chalker who says……
As a volunteer researcher for the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach Va, USA we are looking for a listing of the equipment furnishing an Air Ministry drawing 8936/40 control tower. We have rebuilt the tower from Goxhill and as it is almost structurally complete, we would to furnish to period.
Steve is looking for an old copy of AP3024. If anyone has one they can spare contact atchistory via the comments tab above and we’ll put you in touch with Steve.
Goxhill was the first RAF station to be turned over to the USAAF in England. For that the ground floor will be USAAF and the first floor will be RAF. We are constantly searching for artifacts and information on air traffic control on this base. We have a lady in the UK that searches for artifacts for us. She has been able to buy 2 private museums over there and shipped them here, including 2 Nissen huts! She’s great and a Chipmunk pilot to boot. As for the building itself, although all the bricks were sent over here we discovered that they didn’t use mortar when it was built, they used cement. So, all the exposed bricks are original, all the stucco covered bricks are very close new ones. We also discovered that the manufacturer of the doors and windows is still in business and still had the dies for the aluminium doors and windows. Because it is hotter and more humid here, we did break down and climate controlled it. We didn’t feel that we needed 3 bedrooms, the Control Officer’s Rest Room is a display room. We are in the process of having the console/desk being built for the Watch Office.
So here are current pictures for the Watch Office, Control Room, Control Office’s Rest Room, Duty Pilot’s Rest Room, Signal’s Office, Met Officer’s Bedroom, and Forcast Room.
we’ve been sent a link to a video of the tower at the intermediate stage of its renovation
Steve says he has posted requests with the ARG and several other groups for information about interior fittings and fixtures. Most of the photos Steve has seen, the insides have been converted to general museums. Those that have been restored it can be hard to tell what the equipment is.
Can you help?
Sandy Sandford has already suggested Steve look at the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington They have refurbished the wartime tower at RAF Elvington to a 1940`s date.
anyone who can suggest further links or photos feel free to use atchistory as a relay.
Steve also tells us that “Our friend Bill Carlile who was the Flying Control Office at Thurleigh from 42-45 was in the first class of USAAF designated controller trainees sent in 1942 to train with the RAF in Air Traffic/ Control Tower procedures. He cannot remember where it was or at what UK base. Can anyone help with info on where that training was done (use the comments tab above)?
And again from Steve “Please check out the Goxhill Face book page; https://www.facebook.com/groups/Goxhill. It was put together by our British scrounger, Carol de Solla. Things have changed a little since she posted pictures, more homey now. Plus we keep adding stuff to make it look more authentic
atchistory has now received the following and the interior shot has been passed on.