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    I'm trying to identify which location was allocated the ICAO indicator 'EGGG'. Can anyone help please? It was possibly a communications centre, but not an airfield, and was being used circa 1960-63 (it's on a teleprinter message I have from this era). Although outside the normal time frame of the forum I think it dates back to WW2. It is no longer in use.

    Amended to add I think it was the RAF Comcen possibly at West Ruislip?

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    According to the forum link below it was Croydon:

    http://forums.flyer.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=47032&postdays=0&postorder=asc&sta rt=15&sid=b32d92c1afc6eeebbd31b908cdd1dfbc

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    Hi Brian
    If it is EG--, then I don't think it went back to the war. As an example the AFTN address for Heathrow post war was GALA and remained so until the introduction of the Regional system with E for ,broadly, Europe, G for UK and the last 2 for the individual teleprinter station. That system was well established when I joined UK ATC in 1962 so that Heathrow is now EGLL and Gatwick EGKK. You may be able to guess something from the GG ending as there was a tendency to pick ,if possible, letters that pointed to the location by being taken from the name, as Gatwick, but it was by no means straightforward
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    Thank you both. Shows how little I know (zilch) about the history of ICAO indicators.

    Croyden hadn't crossed my mind (didn't know it existed), but off board Resmorah suggested West Drayton as that was a RAF Comcen. The message (a Christmas greeting) was received at HQ Bomber Command met office one Christmas between 1960 and 1962. As the two units had a close working relationship, I thought WD was the originator. However, it was a long time ago, and I was but a very young sprog, so I probably wasn't aware of all the various options.

    My thanks for your advice.

    Brian

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