TF6404 : Oilseed rape stubble

taken 4 years ago, near to Bexwell, Norfolk, Great Britain

Oilseed rape stubble
Oilseed rape stubble
The FIDO pipeline diagonally crossed this field, leading from one of the tanks on the FIDO site (now a petrol filling station) > Link seen in the background to the runway head and the covered pit housing a control valve > Link. The trees seen in the background (roughly at centre) surround the contractors' site, where the men who built the FIDO pipeline were housed for the duration of their work.

RAF Downham Market was the second aerodrome to be equipped with FIDO (Fog Intensive Dispersal Operation), a fog dispersal system developed during WW2. Fog was a constant hazard to aircraft and a method was hence developed to disperse it. This required a network of pipes and petrol burners which were aligned with the runway. By burning petrol at the rate of 100,000 gallons (456,000 litres) per hour, sufficient heat could be produced to lift the fog, thus enabling pilots to take off and, more importantly, to land safely. The aerodrome's FIDO site was located beside Downham Road > Link.
RAF Downham Market

The airfield was opened in mid-1942 as a satellite station for RAF Marham. It had three concrete runways which in the late 1970s were lifted and crushed for aggregate, to be used in the construction of the Downham Market by-pass, the A10 road. Only a tiny fragment remains in place today.

The station was home to No. 635 Squadron which formed part of the Pathfinder Force, flying the lead aircraft to mark bombing targets for the following formations. A memorial to two squadron members who were posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross can be found on the green adjoining St Mary's church in Bexwell.

A number of buildings on the former Technical site have survived at what is now the Bexwell Business Park, and a former Mess building can be found on the Stonecross Industrial Estate. See also: Link

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Date Taken
Saturday, 6 August, 2016   (more nearby)
Saturday, 6 August, 2016
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 6413 0401 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:36.5443N 0:25.3512E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 6400 0408
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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