Just seems a wast of manpower, money and time don't it - or is it just me?
The move was made to free up space for the Bomber Operational Training Squadron which was formed at Levin with effect 7 Mar 42. (BOTS was redesignated No.1 (Bomber) Operational Training Unit on 28 Jul 42.)
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My late Dad (who was involved in the Army on some sort of never-discussed Intelligence activities) once mentioned that Weraroa had dummy/decoy aircraft. Any ideas on that?
My interest in the whole Levin/Weraroa thing is growing. I've driven past a couple of times and hung over the fence trying to imagine the place all those years ago.
Any clues on my bit about the decoys above? On my last visit I observed that there is only a maximum of about 700m available between Kimberley Road and Tararua Road, which I don't think would be comfortable for aircraft of the ilk of Oxfords and Hudsons. Secondly, the airfield as shown in those earlier photos appears to run virtually North - South, whereas the prevailing winds there are very definitely Westerly.
Any ideas would be welcome. I might try to find some Levin historians.
Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 24, 2012 1:25:49 GMT 12
Looking at it blown right up, it's difficult to tell what is lettering, what is grass behind and what is perhaps scratches on the print. Luther would you mind please scannign that corner much bigger so it comes up sharper?
It starts with 40 or 4 O (for orange).
I don't know for sure there is either a 1 or an I as it maybe a blade of grass/stick on the ground. The next letters look like TDS, or TRS, or GDS/GRS.
Below that is "& R" or "& D" isn't it?
Silly question here but is there anything on the back?
Dave, there seems to be continuing interest in "Lost " airfields, Seagrove,Levin ,TePirita, Kumeu ,Waipapakauri ,Fairhall,etc and I suppose we could now include Hobsonville, Weedons,TeRapa and Wigram. Is there a case for a special sub board as the search system doesnt easily pick them up . I am sure that there is plenty more info that could appear.
Dave, Larry Hill loaned me his copy of the Official War History.. Aerodrome Services Branch. A lot of detail and some great pictures including the three airfields ASB built at Nadi. Also for a South Is taster Shorty put me onto www.nzrifle.com/ml_canterbury_defence.htm Its worth a look.