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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.
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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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    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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    Jim, which airfield was involved? There was more than one in the area, what was it's wartime name?
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    Hi Bruce,

    It was Cambridge Aerodrome (now Cambridge Airport), the aircraft had just been repaired at the Marshall's Factory.

    * Missed your earlier post. The accident report mentions that the aircraft took off to the NW having taxied to the SE side of the airfield close to Teversham Village.

    Jim
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    Not that it helps your enquiry Jim but I have a photo of Miss Arckless.
    Researching my father's time with 50 Squadron, 97 Squadron, Dulug Luft, Stalag Luft VI, Stalag 357 and Stalag Luft III.

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    Hi David,

    I have a couple of photos but yes I would welcome that. You can email me at jim DOT corbett AT acia DOT co DOT uk removing the spaces and replacing the obvious.

    I'm hoping there may be a photo of the incident somewhere, it would be nice to confirm the precise spot. I am in touch with Irene's family.

    Many thanks,
    Jim Corbett

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