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    Hi guys, finishing up on these 2 textures as we speak and hope to post texture pics of Fowlmere tomorrow. Having some trouble locating aerials of the area surrounding RAF Croydon in 1940. It was on the edge of south London and has a partial city arena surrounding it. If anyone has any aerial photos of the area surrounding Croydon during 1940 and want to share it would be appreciated. We have aerials of the airfield and buildings itself but need the scenario for 1940.

    Best regards,
    Booze

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    Hi Booze

    Here are links to an aerial photo of Croydon and the site where I found the photo.
    I don't know what you can glean from it, but it is my first somewhat reasonable find.

    (Photo http://www.nigelclarkepublications.c...nairfield.html
    (Photo Site http://www.nigelclarkepublications.c...fe_photos.html


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    I found an email to Croydon.
    Sent an email and got the automated response below.
    Let's see if I asked nice enough for your aerial photos.

    Quote Originally Posted by Croydon.gov
    Thank you for contacting Croydon Local Studies Library and Archives Service. We receive many enquiries and we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible. We aim to provide a response to your email within five working days. Where this is not possible, we will acknowledge your enquiry and keep you informed of progress. Thank you for your patience.
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    Wheels thanks for your efforts. The first one looks really good, can definitely work with that. Can anyone see a date of the first photo?

    Thanks again,
    Booze

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    I can't read the date either Booze.
    I did cheat and try to blow it up but the print just gets fuzzier.
    I did see the date reference at the site, that was why I provided the link.

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    Most of the photographs in this collection were taken between 1939 and 1943. They are nearly all of good quality, and we offer a full reproduction service. We also publish two books on the subject under the title 'Adolf Hitler's Holiday Snaps' (see booklist for further details).

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    Croydon Airport in 1936.

    Source Site: http://www.collectair.com/woodason.html

    Croydon circa 1938 ?? Same source site. (Not sure of this because of knowledge of the area or airfield.)


    Let me know if I am going in the wrong direction with any of this.

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    Wheels thanks, this is great and will work perfect. This give us enough. Thanks again for your efforts.

    Booze

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    I can give you a little local knowledge.

    The top picture is taking from the north looking south. The road to the left is the "Purley Way", part of the A23 road that runs from London to Brighton. On the other side of the "Purley Way" is a very large common/park.
    In 1936 Croydon airport would have been on the very limit of London, just as the green belt starts. Beyond it, about 2-3 miles down the road, would be the town of Purley. Of interest is that the main building still stands and is now a hotel.

    The bottom photo is harder to work out. It looks to me to be south looking North, it also looks to be during the building of Croydon rather than 2 years after the first photo, because the terminal building is not there . The road to the very right would be the A23 "Purley Way"

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    Brigstock thank you for the great description. All of this helps.

    Best regards,
    Booze

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