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    Default 161 Sqn and RNAS Cowdrey Park

    Greetings,

    Could anyone confirm if No.161 Squadron had ever used the strip at RNAS Cowdrey Park, Sussex (Satellite for RNAS Lee on Solent) for an operation during WW2?

    I have had no knowledge of any of these operations before.

    This plea is on behalf of a lady who is carrying out research on the RNAS Cowdrey Park where I spent two Air Training Corps camps during 1943.

    Thanks,

    Digger.

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    You'll find mention of Cowdrey Park, mentioned in a piece by an Air Gunner of 161 Sqdn here:
    http://www.tempsford-squadrons.info/Newsletter%20files/Newsletter%2009.pdf

    They were practising Mail Pick ups.

    I have sent a copy of a page from this man's log book to a lady who is doing this research (same lady) and have passed her details onto the man from 161.

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    Thanks very much Bob, it sounds as though it is the same lady, a small world eh?

    Digger

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    G'Day Digger & Bob,

    Minor point, mainly to assist 'Googlers'. The actual location is Cowdray Park.

    Cowdray Park (Midhurst), West Sussex.
    SU925203 2 and-a-half miles East of Midhurst on minor road.

    Pre-World War 2 Lord Cowdray used his polo field as an occasional aerodrome, usually referred to as Midhurst or South Ambersham.

    The Admiralty decided to disperse stocks in a similar fashion to that adopted by RAF MUs - to satellite LGs. They chose the South Ambersham field, renamed it Cowdray Park, and commissioned it as part of 'Daedalus' in June 1941.

    See:
    Action Stations No.9. Military Airfields of the Central South and South-East.
    Ashworth,Chris
    Wellingborough:P.S.L.,1985.
    p.70

    Regards
    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 10th April 2009 at 03:08. Reason: minor correction

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    Many thanks Col for your input, all points noted in my files.

    How pleasing to know that Lt. Cdr. John Moffat O.C. when I was there (1943) is still flying at 90, he makes me feel young at 82 !

    Cheers,
    Digger

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