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    Can anyone please tell me where Rivenhall Air Base was located ?
    295 Squadron operated from there.
    Searching the map, a number of Rivenhall`s pop up.
    I am preparing a speech on the loss of Stirling LK567 from 295 Squadron.
    http://www.flensted.eu.com/1945047.shtml
    And it is a little embarrassing that I do not know where the base it took off from was located.
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    Hello,

    RAF Rivenhall was in Essex.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Rivenhall

    Col.
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    Soren, Hi,
    Rivenhall GE 51.855637° 0.645630° (One of my 38 Grp Stations!)
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    Soren,
    This is from the 38 Grp Met Office WW2 AAR by Wg Cdr L Jacobs.

    Planning for further operations -move of 38 Group to Essex.
    A decision was now reached that, for future airborne operations on the continent, it was essential that 38 Group and its stations should move near the east coast of England, so that the distance to be travelled to Germany - the next target - was to be as short as possible. The S Met O had attended a conference at Air Ministry on 11 Sep [44] with ADMO(H) and the Head of M O 8 regarding the move of 38 Group to Marks Hall (near Colchester, Essex), and its operational stations to airfields near Marks Hall. Details of equipment and accommodation available at the new Group Headquarters and outstations had been supplied to the S Met O by Flt Lt Evans, Meteorological Liaison officer to the American Bomber Group evacuating the stations. On instructions from the S Met O Flt Lt Chandler, deputy S Met O 38 Group, visited Marks Hall with the advance party on 22 Sep to make preliminary arrangements for the move. He visited Rivenhall and Earls Colne and returned to 38 Group Netheravon by air on 25 Sep. (An urgent enquiry by the AOC on 11 Sep, had resulted in Flt Lt Swain, the duty operations forecaster, preparing a brief account of the synoptic weather to be expected at the new airfields).
    The move of 38 Group and its operational stations took place at the end of September and during the first half of October 1944, Brize Norton moving to Earls Colne, Keevil to Wethersfield, Fairford to Gt Dunmow, Harwell to Rivenhall, while Tarrant Rushden did not move. Little delay occurred in connecting teleprinters from the outstations to the new HQ at Marks Hall; (first and second channel broadcasts were obtained at Marks Hall from 11 Oct) three or four days being the normal delay, during which outstations obtained meteorological information by W/T or telephone tie-lines. By the end of Oct 44, the following stations were connected to the teleprinter switchboard at Marks Hall, Earls Colne, Rivenhall, Great Dunmow, Netheravon, Tarrant Rushden, Wethersfield and the USAAF stations at Chipping Ongar, Boreham and Stanstead.
    As an example of how the difficulties in the move of a complete meteorological office were overcome, a detailed account of the move from Keevil is attached as Appendix 8.

    Appendix 8 is 'missing'!

    HTH

    Peter Davies
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    Thank you gentlemen
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    Søren
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    Not much left of it now as it's been quarried out - just a section of perimeter track and some dispersal pens at the south-western edge of the site. However, if you have Google Earth Pro you can go back to the image from December 31 2000, and see the east-west runway still there.

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    Simon

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