TM1275 : A spectacle aircraft dispersal

taken 6 years ago, near to Yaxley, Suffolk, Great Britain

A spectacle aircraft dispersal
A spectacle aircraft dispersal
This is the last complete remaining spectacle dispersal on the site of the former RAF Eye, dating from WW2. Unusually, it is situated across the main road (the A140) from the flying field and traffic had to be stopped every time an aircraft needed to cross the road to be parked here. Two types of aircraft dispersals were used during WW2: the so-called "frying pans" which have a circular diameter, and the newer design, called "spectacle", because it is spectacle-shaped.
RAF Eye (USAAF Station 134)

The aerodrome at Eye was one of the last wartime airfields to be built in Suffolk. It was opened on 1 May 1944 and used by the 490th Bombardment Group of the US Army Air Forces. The group formed part of the 8th Air Force's 3rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) and had the lowest loss rate of all the 8th USAAF bombardment groups.

In November 1945 the aerodrome was transferred to RAF Bomber Command and finally sold off by the Air Ministry during 1962/63. Over the years parts of the airfield including the former Technical site were developed into an industrial area. A handful of the original buildings have survived on the Technical site. The remaining land is once again mainly in agricultural use.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 6 June, 2015   (more nearby)
Saturday, 6 June, 2015
Geographical Context
Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 1258 7519 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:20.0153N 1:7.1202E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 1262 7514
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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