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Paul Bellamy  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, February 20, 2007 1:53:33 PM(UTC)
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I made a start on building a 3D model of Deenethorpe to help out with visualising the layout as it was when the base was active.

So far I've got the main parts of the Admin Site together, and a few individual buildings from other parts of the site are still "in the rough".

Station 128 SHQ
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The flat roofed building in the middle is the Operations Building, with offices and the briefing room to the left. The end-to-end nissen huts in front are the Station HQ offices, and between those and Ops are the 2 latrine blocks.
Much more to add to the SHQ site, Bombsight store, blast shelters, roadways etc.

More as the project develops, hopefully as part of the photo location thread.

All the best,
Paul
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Jackie Sharp Sheflin  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, February 20, 2007 4:42:21 PM(UTC)
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Paul,

What a wonderful Job you are doing. I am truly amazed. I look forward to seeing the finished project. Keep up the good work.

Jackie
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Paul Bellamy  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, February 21, 2007 7:28:30 PM(UTC)
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Today's work on the project:

Site No.3 (Communal)

Starting with a scan of the appropriate section of the base map...
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Lay that down as a baseplan, resize to scale, then start constructing and placing buildings in as per the Site Schedule, referring to the appropriate Air Ministry Building plans...
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Still to add the Sgts Mess at the bottom, and the NAAFI and Institute in the middle, and to find out what they were used for under USAAF custody. (Aero Club, etc?)

On this site can currently be seen:
At the top, one of the two base canteens (triple bay Nissen), ration stores beside and below that, Gymnasium with Church Extension below those, CO's Quarters to the bottom right, with shower and ablution blocks nearby. The large square area is the coal store, the smaller square is the site of the water tower/tank. The odd looking other structures are air-raid trenches.
Lots of details still to be added, windows, chimmneys etc.

I'll try to make a start of the other communal site tomorrow too.

All the best,
Paul
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Paul Bellamy  
#4 Posted : Thursday, February 22, 2007 10:31:56 AM(UTC)
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The missing sets of buildings have now been added, and the last of the grass filled in. Detailing will have to wait until the weekend. ;)

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donaldbyers  
#5 Posted : Thursday, February 22, 2007 3:08:49 PM(UTC)
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Paul,

You are doing a wonderful job on the airfield hope you are finding everything you need to get the job done. It is a great project you are working on.

Don Byers
Sgt. Donald C. Byers, 613th Bomb Squadron, Togglier, 42-97344 Carrie B II, KIA 08/24/1944.
Jackie Sharp Sheflin  
#6 Posted : Thursday, February 22, 2007 4:17:39 PM(UTC)
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Paul,

I continue to be amazed at your details in the project. How did you find out so much about Deenthorpe?


Jackie
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Paul Bellamy  
#7 Posted : Thursday, February 22, 2007 7:49:40 PM(UTC)
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Hi Don,
Thanks for the support, I'm slowly gathering the records together to support my own memories of the base.

Jackie,
I've been visiting Deenethorpe since I was a nipper, although it's some 10 years since my last good meander around the site now.

I grew up on the edge of the old Grafton Underwod base, but Deenethorpe was the base that had the family connection. My Great-grandfather was one of the Scottish Pipers that played there once.
The whole thing was what kindled my interest in WWII, which has developed to the stage that I'm a "livng-historian", putting on displays and giving talks, passing on what I learnt by ploughing through books and listening to the Veterans on their visits.

History seems to have passed most of my generation by as irrelevant, I do my bit to make sure it's not forgotten. Showing them places they know now, as they were at the time, seems to be the best way to open their minds to learning more.

All the best,
Paul
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Jackie Sharp Sheflin  
#8 Posted : Thursday, February 22, 2007 8:10:01 PM(UTC)
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Paul,

I want to commend you for not only doing this project , but for educating others. More of this needs to be done to keep history alive for generations to come.

Are you just reconstructing the layout of the base just on paper or do you also build it in miniature?

Jackie
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Paul Bellamy  
#9 Posted : Thursday, February 22, 2007 8:36:11 PM(UTC)
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Thanks Jackie,

At the moment the reconstruction is purely on this computer.
It's been a few years since I last built any proper physical models, and to recreate a whole Class A Bomber Airfield at any sort of detail would take a room the size of a sports hall. In fact the last model I built was a 1/48 scale B-17G in 614BS markings, on one of the "frying pan" dispersals, being refuelled and bombed-up. The base for that was 6'x10', not ideal for display or storage. ;)

As soon as Google Earth upgrade the photo resolution over Deenethorpe I can upload the virtual models for anyone to view "in situ".

I've got my first 401BG uniforms and equipment display of the year coming up in May. I've managed to get an almost complete set of flight clothing together for the mid-late 1944 period together that fits me (inner, heated and outer layers), just after a pair of A-6 boots and an A-4 chute harness to finish it off properly.

All the best,
Paul
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Paul Bellamy  
#10 Posted : Wednesday, February 28, 2007 3:46:17 PM(UTC)
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I've been working on the technical site for the last few days, as there are quite a few photos taken there. Not quite complete, but good enough for a test run..... the tech site model works out at 3000' x 1600', which means I can get accurate to within 0.1"!

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So here's the first couple of photo comparisons, known locations to start with.

Workshops and chute shop.
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View from Tower towards tech site.
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More to come as I complete the model.

All the best,
Paul
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Jackie Sharp Sheflin  
#11 Posted : Friday, March 2, 2007 6:28:44 AM(UTC)
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Paul,

The photos are very interesting to see since they were taken so long ago. Do you have more photos of Deenethorpe during WWII ?


Jackie
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Paul Bellamy  
#12 Posted : Friday, March 2, 2007 7:03:03 AM(UTC)
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The photos I'm working from are all from the National Archives collection galleries on the main website.

You never know, I might get the captions written for them one day. :wink:

All the best,
Paul
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EDanaII  
#13 Posted : Thursday, March 29, 2007 10:19:25 PM(UTC)
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Very cool, Paul. Kudos! :)

I'll show those images to my dad and see if they spark any memories.

In the mean time, can I beg a favor? I'm still working on that B17 for my father. I tried to get the photos from the National Archives but got confused by, and managed to confuse, the service that accesses photos. Maybe you can help me figure out how to get the photo I need without the confusion?

It would be appreciated if you could. :)
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Paul Bellamy  
#14 Posted : Friday, March 30, 2007 11:28:18 AM(UTC)
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Hi Ed,

Good to hear from you again.
If you could let me know which photos you need I'll see what I can come up with.

The NARA web-search is an absolute swine to work with, even when you know what file you need and where it's held if still refuses to acknowlege it exists. I've never found a worse way of accessing information, it's like pulling teeth.

All the best,
Paul
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EDanaII  
#15 Posted : Saturday, March 31, 2007 10:04:54 AM(UTC)
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Thanks, Paul. Yer a scholar and a gentlmen. :)

Rather than derail this thread, I've posted what little information I have into my Hard Seventeen thread.
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Paul Bellamy  
#16 Posted : Saturday, March 31, 2007 6:46:05 PM(UTC)
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Cheers Ed,

You had all the information I needed. Answer in the Hard Seventeen thread.

TTFN,
Paul
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EDanaII  
#17 Posted : Monday, April 2, 2007 12:54:11 PM(UTC)
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OK, Paul. I showed those pictures to my dad yesterday, and unfortunately they didn't spark any memories. Of course, to be fair, dad is 83. So I printed the images off and left them there for dad to review. Sometimes it takes time for old memories to surface.
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Phoenix  
#18 Posted : Thursday, May 17, 2007 12:11:08 AM(UTC)
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Paul
Where did you manage to obtain a detailed plan of the airfield from with all the building numbers etc. I have tried 'after the battle' but had no luck, need your help again I'm afraid.
Dale
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Paul Bellamy  
#19 Posted : Thursday, May 17, 2007 5:15:56 AM(UTC)
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I've managed to borrow a copy (4xA3 sheets) from a friend. I'm still looking for somewhere local that can copy it though.
I have some partial scans so far.

I would assume the original is in the archives at Hendon.

All the best,
Paul
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Phoenix  
#20 Posted : Thursday, May 17, 2007 12:33:44 PM(UTC)
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Paul
If you are struggling to copy the plans you have I have three scoures of A3 copier I can use if you are interested also the One Stop Copy Shop in Market Harboriugh has an A3 copier, if I can be of assistance just give me a shout.
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