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    Default Cyrenaica Landing Grounds

    Does anyone know if there is (on-line) a list of all the LGs used in Cyrenaica in WW2 (with their Lat/Lons)? Should any putative list contain LGs for Egypt and Tripolitania then so much the better.
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    Hi Peter

    I don't know about online but RAFTASU has a list pages 171-173

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    Hi Peter
    Like Malcolm i don't know about online but you might, via a Library, get a look at C G Jefford's RAF Squadrons which lists Airfields including LGs with maps covering every Theatre of operations in WW2.The maps are very simple but they do have Lat and Long indications around the margins.
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    Dick/Malcolm,

    VMT yr replies (and others who have contacted me off board) - much appreciated'
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    Damn I didnt realise the Jefford book had maps-must get it. The Halley Sqn book doesnt. Oh well will have to wait till next month as I have just bought Errols new book. Its been despatched from NZ so am waiting with baited breath!
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    The A-B book gives the actual Long/Lat so you don't need to use rulers to work it out.

    Malcolm

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    Malcolm (and any others).
    The lat/lon location lists I've seen are only quoted as being accurate to +/- half a minute of lat/lon, which - if my memory and maths have survived - is about +/- 3 nm.
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    The National Archives has files with details of some desert landing grounds that include position and basic layout of the landing ground. Unfortunately I cannot recall the ref numbers, perhaps a more organised soul will ?

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    Ian (et al),
    This thread seems to have produced a flurry of interest?
    I "trod the ground" (as the archaeologists would say!) of a number of these Cyrenaica LGs as a Nat Svc Met Airman at El Adem in the early 50's who was Second Nav on the El Adem Desert Rescue Team. None of 'em seemed to have a definitive, regular, layout. But then we were not quite sure whether we were looking at the remains of an LG (piles of rusting Compo tins, holed Jerry Cans, etc) or whether it was the tempo camp of some Army lot nearby (sign-posts were/are extremely rare in the N African desert!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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    Hello Peter,

    Try this link to an interesting web page - www.laetusinpraesens.org/guests/jwbj/jwb1.htm , then "Airfield creation for the Western Desert Campaign"

    Have also found the NA ref AIR 4 1757 giving positions of El Adem 31 51 30 N 23 54 50 E, Bu Amud, Savoia, etc etc.

    I made various notes from this ref which you are welcome to have a copy. If of interest drop me a message at ian.simpson94ATntlworld.com

    Regards,

    Ian

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