I keep getting information about the Airfield that won't fit into any of the other headings I have created! So in time honoured fashion, here is a page for all those bits and pieces that may not directly relate to Harrowbeer, but are of interest anyway!
Books: I have decided to add a page about books that have a wartime/airmen/airfield theme in them. These are personal comments/reviews about books I have read. Stephen Fryer
over Harrowbeer: Some time ago (2006) we had a really nice summer!
I was given a flight over Harrowbeer and was able to get some nice shots
of the airfield from the air.
Station Operation Record books
Squadrons and Airfields all used Operation Record Books, also known as the form 540. These recorded day to day operations of the squadron or airfield. Many have been stored in the Public Record Office at Kew and can be read via micro-film. We have been looking at some of them and fascinating reading they are too! We may at some stage add some bits and pieces from them on this website. As a starter, I found the following in the ORB of 193 Squadron. Those of us who live locally, (and know that it occasionally rains here) appreciate the sentiment!
"10/2/43 Impenetrable mist! Seagulls crawling in under the fence and Hurricanes asking for vectors to get from hangars to flights"
Mike & Lucy Hayes at Knightstone Tea Rooms & Restaurant have pains-takingly been copying out the various ORBs and recreating their original look (as a Form 540). You can view them by request at Knightstone when visiting the Tea Rooms.
Footnote to the
above: "They will have been US Navy or US Army as the US AirForce
was not born until after the war. We know US Navy detachment was on site to
cope with any US Navy ASW or AirSea Rescue aircraft ... so we could legitimately
assume they might be US Navy ... until we know otherwise."