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    Hi,

    Is anyone on the forum from the Cambridge area with some local knowledge who can confirm the location of Whitehill House? I can't find it listed on pre-war or wartime maps but there is a Whitehill Farm and a Whitehill Estate so I suspect it is in the area to the NW of the airfield and close to Cambridge United's football ground.

    A search on the internet suggests that it may be Aviation Hall, the home of Sir Arthur Marshall and founder of the nearby airfield, although on maps this seems to have been called Elfleda House prior to it being renamed.

    I am researching an air crash in 1943 which occurred shortly after take off, the aircraft crashed into the back of the house.

    Many thanks,

    Jim
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    Hi Jim,
    Google "White Hill House, Granhams Road, Great Shelford, Cambridge CB22 5JY" and see if that fits your known facts.
    Hope this helps,
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    Hi Bruce,

    Thanks for the reply. Sadly thats not the same place. I forgot to mention in my original post that the aircraft in question was taking off to the NW and crashed half a mile outside of the airfield boundary.

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    Did the airfield have a strip on the NW heading?
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    Any chance of a precise date?

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    Jim

    Can confirm that Elfleda House was renamed Aviation House by reference to the 6" series of maps available for various years at National Library of Scotland site:
    http://maps.nls.uk/index.html. A bit tricky to navigate to where you want to be until you get the hang of it. Get back to me if I can help.

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    Hi Bruce,

    I hadn't thought of telephone/business directories. I have an Ancestry account and I have found the following:

    A telephone directory entry for D.G. Marshall OBE of White Hill, Newmarket Road, Cambridge

    Also a note of his sons marriage:

    The engagement is announced between ARTHUR GREGORY
    GEORGE MARSHALL, only son of Mr. D. G. Marshall, O.B.E.,
    and Mrs. Marshall, of Aviation Hall, Cambridge, and DOROTHY
    PLUME, youngest daughter of MR. G. P. HAWKINS, J.P., and
    Mrs. Hawkins, Gresham House Cambridge.

    So it would appear that Aviation Hall and White Hill House may well be the same place, what with that earlier link I posted suggesting the same.

    D.G. Marshall is David Gregory Marshall OBE
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    Many thanks DaveW,

    The only link online I have been able to find to tie White Hill House to Aviation Hall is:

    http://www.100yearsofcoconuts.co.uk/...ll-people.html

    But this is marked as Elfleda House on the old maps. It may be that it was only called White Hill House for a small period of time, not long enough to appear on the maps of the time. It would appear that the house itself has now been demolished.

    Confirmation of White Hill House being Elfleda House or Aviation Hall would be interesting, especially with the Marshall link.

    Jim

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    If anyone has access to Kelly's Directory for the area from '30s to say mid '50s it should be possible to nail it down: you have the family name, place names (for the house), that should be enough to give you an address. Local libraries are the best bet.
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    The date was 3rd January 1943, Oxford V3888 which was being flown by ATA pilot Irene Arckless. It crashed on take off and struck a house.


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