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    Stanton Harcourt airfield was a Second War airfield closed shortly after the war. Nowadays only some of the buildings at the northern end remain, two hangars remain within an industrial estate and a number of smaller buildings, such as stores, shelters.

    The runways have been dug up and the 'airside' area is now a flooded former gravel pit.

    The following information from http://www.pixture.co.uk/Airfields/P...20Harcourt.htm

    Flying commenced on 3rd sep 1940 with 10 OTU.



    Whitleys & Halifax's were the main aircraft operating from the airfield.

    Early use by Whitleys for night flying training.

    Halifaxes from 35 & 76 Sqn's mounted attack on Scharnhorst (La Pallice raid) from here.

    Winston Churchill flew to the Casablanca Conference on 13 Jan 1943 from this airield in Liberator AL504 (Operation 'Static').

    Station was also used for gunnery training.

    1501 BAT Flt Oxfords use airfield from Apr - Dec 1944.

    Airfield closed 15 Jan 1946.
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    Enjoyed your report and pics, CR.
    Thanks too for the link to the Oxfordshire Airfields website. Some interesting info and stories on there (loved the story of the two old ladies who met up for the first time after working there together fifty years before).
    Pity the control tower's gone, but good to see the water tower still intact and many of the huts.

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    Just been looking on WW2 Airfields site (link below) for a few more pics. There's one of a bicycle stand which turned out to be just a piece of concrete with grooves in it, which I thought was quite funny. :D

    http://worldwar2airfields.fotopic.net/c497824.html

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    Thanks Cardiffrail. Good pics and write up. I like the petrol pump.



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    Nice picís bishop + cardiffrail, looks pretty big do you happen to have a Google earth?
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    Thanks for the pics and info -found it very interesting -I too like the petrol pump -did it have any petrol left?;)

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    Thanks for the feedback

    flashearth link here

    http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=51.74....8&r=0&src=msl
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