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Tom

One reason for the ends of the runways not matching could be

The concrete ends were added by the RAF when jets first came in because the tarmac was being blown away. These were obviously not there with the Americans. So if the map was pre jet they wouldn't appear
just a theory


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The runways

I'm not sure what you guys are talking about here but I believe that during WWII the [??] the Eastern section of the 'main runway' was extended as that was the only way that one could be extended, the Northern end of the N/S runway couldn't be extended because of the existing A12 [T] road so they extended South to Foxhall Road, I think this was about 1955 [??]

My photo here shows that extension, there was something to do with this land being Commoners Land and the [then] Air Ministry had to rent the land off the Commoners [I thought Compulsory Purchase Orders were in force then!] I'm not sure if this land was not reverted back to the Commoners when the AM relinquished MH as a flying station.

It is barbed wired/fenced off officially but this is what is left [visible] of the N/S runway



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I have written on these pages somewhere that to the West of Dobbs Lane somewhere near to the extreme W/E part of the runway there is a mound of soil, perhaps 12-15' high I was once told this was the Old Bomb Dump but on Tommy/Tarkey's overlay map the bomb dump is shown elsewhere

It doesn't look like the ruins of the hospital as that appears East of Dobbs Lane, anyone know what it is?

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John

Its a recorded fact that when the first jet opened up its throttles to take off all the tarmac behind the plane disintegrated, and that is why concrete was used

The Americans had used an odd system to tarmac. They used coke from the gas works covered in about 2 inches of tarmac. This was because of the sandy soil.

When the airfield closed a local man bid for an won the right to have the hardcore and boy did he get a shock. instead of a deep lot of hardcore he got 2 inches.

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Is the hospital the old isolation hospital and nothing to do with the RAF. The building still is in private hands and has its own long drive way just before Dobbs Lane coming from Ipswich

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