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Report - Stoke orchard seagull trench

Chelt original

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"In 1940 a network of defences was hastily built all over the British Isles to prevent an anticipated German invasion. Sited at road junctions, canals and other strategic points these constructions were called "pillboxes". Despite the passage of time many of these remain as permanent monuments and a silent tribute to the courage and tenacity of the British people in the dark days of 1940"

The stoke orchard airfield was developed in 1940-41, originally as a Relief Landing Ground. In September 1941 it became a training airfield for No.10 Elementary Flying Training School with 50 Tiger Moths were based there. From July 1942 to January 1945 the airfield specialised in the training of glider pilots and instructors with No.3 Glider Training School (3 GTS).

It was also home to a Ministry for Aircraft Production shadow factory run by the Gloster Aircraft Company at Brockworth. There were two large buildings, one for production and one flight shed. (cheers tinternet)

theres quite a few invasion defences around this airfield (now rubbish tip) but heres just a quick snip of a bit of what is still there.

filled in and occupied buy rabbits.

not much left!

heres a few 1/2p milk bottles that could have been used by the lads constructing these defences, they date from the 40's altho possibly to the early 50's

not quite so old, locked, and rather cold! :rolleyes:

talking of rubbish tips here a 30's 40's tip that was used by a mill a farm and the airfield occupants.

one of a few seagull trench'es



in and out


looking back

gun mount and spit back box?



lovin this bit a batton still in place


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