Our Friends at the Control Tower site have asked for more input on the following 3 towers.
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.
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”.
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
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.
NEW MT3 is this Yeovilton?
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?
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.