Mystery towers

Our Friends at the Control Tower site have asked for more input on the following 3 towers.

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MT1a 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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MT1e Terry Clark suggests “I’ve found 3 towers with this ‘full width’ VCR added, Coleby Grange, Tangmere and Weston Zoyland. The first two appear to have the stairs to the roof/VCR on the wrong side, so I would suggest it’s Weston Zoyland with an additional post war ‘scaffolding’ holding the anemometer, (photo I found was dated 1954) the airfield remaining in flying use until 1958”.

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MT1f  One suggestion is Snetterton Heath in which case the home squadrons flew B-26s and B-17s? There is one Mustang parked up far right but the other indistinct aircraft look more like B-24s, twin fin, high wing. Looking through the B-24 allocations with the Eighth Airforce the tower doesn’t match any I can find photos of,  the number of slit windows and lack of a high stairwell at the back make it distinctive. There are three that are not recorded photographically so far as far as I can establish;  Boxted, Cheddington and Mendlesham. Of these three the last two had B-24 units so maybe its one of those?

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 1

NEW MT3 is this Yeovilton?

EGLF 2 or mystery

NEW MT4 sent to us as Farnborough but I can’t find any evidence so far for a tower before the old white tower. The photo below (MT4a) is dated 1945 and appears to show the white tower being built, or are we disorientated. If this is the tower being built, what came before? We have a few Farnborough followers, any idea?

1945 is this the tower under constuction at eguf

MT4a

tower with messenger

MT5  Miles Messenger G-AJVL in front of a possible pre 1939 single storey tower/watchroom/chief pilots office. Built at Newtonards there are links with Woodley and a Woolsington air taxi company before going to first Australia and then New Zealand.

9 thoughts on “Mystery towers”

  1. MT5 – what’s on the front of the low white(?) glass-fronted building behind the cockpit? Could it be squadron badges or just some form of design? I get blur when I magnify.

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  2. MT5. Picture must have been taken before 1950 as the aircraft reg was cancelled in Nov 1949.
    Closest I can get is Hullavington; the hangars are correct and the position of the tower is too, however if I’m correct, the tower must have been rebuilt later.
    The wartime tower is described as ‘single storey with an additional control room mounted on a steel tower nearby’.

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  3. MT1e. I’ve found 3 towers with this ‘full width’ VCR added, Coleby Grange, Tangmere and Weston Zoyland.
    The first two appear to have the stairs to the roof/VCR on the wrong side, so I would suggest it’s Weston Zoyland with an additional post war
    ‘scaffolding’ holding the anemometer, (photo I found was dated 1954) the airfield remaining in flying use until 1958.

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  4. Could MT2 possibly Newcastle Town Moor? The ‘tower’ looks rather like something to do with a horse racing track ie the finish line judges vewpoit.

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    1. its a bit late Terry, Town Moor closed in 1919 as an aircraft park, though at least one hangar was still extant in 1921. The Dart look like its in Naval Squadron service 1922-23ish. The race course idea is good though, will have to look for others thaht might have hosted Naval Squadrons

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  5. MT1f.
    I’m tempted to suggest Snetterton.
    I’ve seen a photo of the tower there with the VCR raised up on top of scaffolding, so maybe it was found the view wasn’t too good and the USAAF raised the VCR otherwise what was the scaffolding doing on top of the VCR?

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