Friday, October 24, 2014

AAF at Bassingbourn - The Horsa Glider


In the basement of an "antique store" these two books of 35mm negatives were found. They were destined for the dumpster no doubt, but rescued for LOST GALLERY and the enthusiasts who treasure the history and memorabilia of the second world war.

The first book of contains 327 negatives. The photographs were scanned and uploaded to a set on Flickr in 2007 and then grouped generally by subject for the pages of LOST GALLERY. Most of the photographs in this set are of aircraft in world war two. Nothing was known for sure about the photographs but slowly over the years some information has accumulated. It was established that the date for most of the photographs is late 1944.

Most of the negatives had notations on the accompanying index pages. Mostly the photographer was concerned about the lighting and exposure of each frame but occasionally also made notes on the subject matter. Where possible these notations will be included under each picture on this page.

The 205 negatives in the other file were taken postwar, about half in England and the rest in Texas, USA. The photographs apparently show a bit of touring before leaving the England based AAF unit and the first photographs after arriving in Texas.

Negative files

This page will review all of the negatives in the set that feature the Horsa Glider and the information that has accumulated since 2007.

All images are the property of
Lost Gallery
and the author. Permission must be granted for their use.
All rights reserved.



From fishfish on Flickr: my father lived in the fuselage of one of these after the war in Salisbury next to the river Avon,where the sea cadet hut is now situated,they spent a few years in it .

i believe it was cut up into sections and used on a local farm for chicken houses,my dad remembers the glider well,as a child he thought it was very cool to live in and better than the bombed out house in Eastleigh near Southampton they lived in before.he said they had an Aga wood burning stove and the 'rooms' were separated by curtains,he tells also of a very frugal Christmas,no meat around and rationing worse not better. On Christmas morning his father walked in with a swan that had hit power lines near the glider. They ate well that Christmas.

From Jed on Flickr:


From Jed on Flickr: I have a theory about this glider.

Looking at this and previous photos the glider serial *appears* to be HG892 which was one of a batch of 200 built by the Austin Motorcar company. Many of these were assigned to the USAAF for D-Day but apparently not this particular one.

The state of the stripes tells me it's been outside for a while as they have worn away quote badly - the white has peeled off on the top of the fuselage and are completely missing from the upper wings. The black, which appears to be a different paint from that on the fuselage has lightened a little. Also on another picture you can make out a circle under the wing where the roundel has been painted out - a typical thing for D-Day.

Also, the fuselage has "62" written on it - this is the Chalk Number and was used to identify the load that the glider would carry on an operation or exercise.

So my guess that this is a glider that took part in the D-Day operations and was recovered back from France.

I don't have the information to hand but it *should* be possible to cross reference the serial/chalk number with known gliders that took part in operations.

Horsa Glider with Doc Nugent 02
Horsa Glider with Doc Nugent
Horsa Glider w Nugent 69 03
Horsa Glider w Nugent


From Jed on Flickr
Quick follow up!

The bad state of the stripes is not due to being recovered. There was an order in August 1944 that invasion stripes on the upper wings and fuselage should be removed but it was hard to get off from canvas aircraft and those with doped canvas coverings - such as the Horsa glider.

The easiest way was to scrap off the white part and leave the black part which is what has happened here. Still no clue what it's doing at a USAAF airfield though!

Been looking through my documents again. Assuming this is HG892 it was used during Operation Market and flew to Arnhem on 19th September 1944.

What's even more confusing - HG892 shouldn't exist. In the contract to produce the gliders there is a gap between HG880 and HG897 where those serials were never allocated to anything - yet I have an article that states HG892 was a real glider. :)

Horsa Glider w Nugent 69 02
Horsa Glider w Nugent

Confusing. It'll be interesting to find out why there was an obvious gap. Who knows what inconsistencies secrecy creates?

On Secrecy.
In the mid 1960's, when the world in the shivers of the "cold" war, was boasting aloud whenever possible of planes that were approaching Mach 2 speed, the US government was secretly flying the SR-71 on regular spy missions over Russia at more than Mach 3, three times the speed of sound.

Bragging rights were certainly in order but but although there were more than thirty of these built, flying hundreds of missions, the general public knew nothing of the plane for more than a decade.

Horsa Glider with Doc Nugent 01
Horsa Glider with Doc Nugent



And I have no idea what "Nugent" or "Doc Nugent" in the photographer's notes refers to unless it is the man who appears in one of the shots.

Horsa Glider w Nugent 69 01
Horsa Glider w Nugent

CLICK HERE to view the
POSTWAR PHOTOGRAPHY
from the other negative file from this same photographer.

Look at the bazookas on that little honey!
multiple bazookas installed on cub 03
Click here for the whole story!

Here are more stories about the 91st Bomber Group and some of the missions flown on a fine website by
Sam Halpert

For others in the AAF Bassingbourn series see also
The P-61 Black Widow
B-17 Bomber
The Lancaster Bomber
P-51 Mustang (This one)
The Avro York
The Short Stirling Bomber
The Piper Cub with the Bazookas
The Horsa Glider HG892
And Miscellaneous personnel and landscapes
Bassingbourn from a Window on the base.


Bassingbourn 1944 384th Bomber Group, B17 landing Discovered! Long lost negatives taken during the winter of 1944-45 at Bassingbourn AAF base in England.

Area 51 and a Half Area 51 and a Half You are probably not authorized to see these.

Don't take my picture! Oh! You DID didn't you! completely unaware of the photographer This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.


And don't miss
Cabinet Card Gallery
Square America
Tattered and Lost
Vernacular Photography
The best
FOUND PHOTOGRAPH
sites on the web.

And for postcards try
POSTCARDY
And see what's going on over at
Sepia Saturday!

All images are the property of Lost Gallery and the author. Permission must be granted for their use. All rights reserved.

THE KIDS Lesson one.
It is always a mystery how a photograph of any of these precious children could end up lost or abandoned. Here are a few. You will probably say "Ooh..." at least once.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School
The beautiful Dee. A curious story; What do you see?

WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?
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"What are they doing?"

Monday, October 20, 2014

Let's All Go To The Movies - Space Rage


Occasionally the search for old photographs finds your LOST GALLERY curator in the darkest corner of a junk shop, elbow deep in a hat-box of ephemera. It's rare, but occasionally we see a familiar face ...

Sigh. Not again ...

It's John Laughlin, but sadly I didn't recognize him until I looked it up.


Space Rage is a 1985 American film directed by Conrad E. Palmisano.

The film is also known as A Dollar a Day and Space Rage: Breakout on Prison Planet.

Space Rage


Can't get enough?
Try some of these other pages that feature found movie stills or "lobby cards" found in LOST GALLERY.
Ben Turpin
Destination Moon
Flight To Mars
Rocketman
The Flying Saucer
When Worlds Collide

The most popular photographs most popular, Family Group, An album of the most requested photographs in the Lost Gallery.

Area 51 and a Half Area 51 and a Half You are probably not authorized to see these.

Don't take my picture! Oh! You DID didn't you! completely unaware of the photographer This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.

And don't miss
Cabinet Card Gallery
One Man's Treasure
Penny Tales
Square America
Tattered and Lost
Vernacular Photography
The best
FOUND PHOTOGRAPH
sites on the web.

And for postcards try
THE DAILY POSTCARD.
POSTCARDY

All images are the property of Lost Gallery and the author. Permission must be granted for their use. All rights reserved.

THE KIDS Lesson one. It is always a mystery how a photograph of any of these precious children could end up lost or abandoned. Here are a few. You will probably say "Ooh..." at least once.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School
The beautiful Dee. A curious story; What do you see?

WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?
Neiffel and Helvetica Typehigh

"What are they doing?"

Sunday, October 19, 2014

AAF at Bassingbourn - The Tourist Shots


In the basement of an "antique store" these two books of 35mm negatives were found. They were destined for the dumpster no doubt, but rescued for LOST GALLERY and the enthusiasts who treasure the history and memorabilia of the second world war.

The first book of contains 327 negatives. The photographs were scanned and uploaded to a set on Flickr in 2007 and then grouped generally by subject for the pages of LOST GALLERY. Most of the photographs in this set are of aircraft in world war two. Nothing was known for sure about the photographs but slowly over the years some information has accumulated. It was established that the date for most of the photographs is late 1944.

Most of the negatives had notations on the accompanying index pages. Mostly the photographer was concerned about the lighting and exposure of each frame but occasionally also made notes on the subject matter. Where possible these notations will be included under each picture on this page.

The 205 negatives in the other file were taken postwar, about half in England and the rest in Texas, USA. The photographs apparently show a bit of touring before leaving the England based AAF unit and the first photographs after arriving in Texas.

Negative files

This page will review all of the negatives in the set that feature photographs labeled "X-mas Party" and information that has accumulated since 2007.

All images are the property of
Lost Gallery
and the author. Permission must be granted for their use.
All rights reserved.


Our AAF photographer at Bassingbourn air base took time off from photographing items and events at the Bassingbourn AAF base to make at least one tour of the sights in London and the countryside.

Here he has a snap of two children on the train.

Kids on Train
Kids on Train
House, don't know where
House, don't know where

From Dave Nola on Flickr: A rare wartime photo of the pool of London with a even rarer picture of the port of London ARP post, as you can see very little shipping. In secret, most of the cranes from London's vast dock system was taken down and moved to Scotland where a large temporary dock was built.

Tower Bridge 90 mm El f6 3 40 60 62 01
Tower Bridge 90 mm El f6 3 40

Tower Bridge 90 mm El f6 3 40 60 62 03
Tower Bridge 90 mm El f6 3 40
Tower Bridge 90 mm El f6 3 40 60 62 02
Tower Bridge 90 mm El f6 3 40
Tower Bridge 90 mm El f6 3 40 60 62 04
Tower Bridge 90 mm El f6 3 40

Westminster Abbey 02
Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey poor
Westminster Abbey poor
Westminster Abbey 01
Westminster Abbey
unnamed cathedral
Westminster Abbey

Rear of Westminster Abbey 02
Rear of Westminster Abbey 01
Rear of Westminster Abbey
Unidentified building
Rear of Westminster Abbey
titled as "unidentified building" in photographer's notes.

Tower of London overcast 30mm wide angle 62 01
Tower of London overcast 30mm wide angle
Tower of London overcast 30mm wide angle 62 02
Tower of London overcast 30mm wide angle

Bank of England 01
Bank of England

From Morrisoxford61 on Flickr (no longer active): Well, I can tell you where this one is its Threadneedle Street, City of London and the bank of England as per the title not much changed even today. Funny thing, the Times did a picture taken from the same spot in 1919 of Armistice Day.
To the right is the Royal Exchange.
What a lovely period picture.

Bank of England 02
Bank of England

From Morrisoxford61 on Flickr (no longer active): Still Threadneedle Street and the Bank of England.
Nice to see the van sign, written as Kelly and Kelly printers.
Notice the white paint on the mudguards (fenders) and bumpers as during the blackout only one headlight could operate and that was heavily shuttered
behind the van is a taxicab, many of which were converted to carry trailer pumps to assist in the Blitz.
Theres another detail: The car behind the taxi has a gas accumulator on the roof, inside a flimsy wooden box is a bag for storing coal gas, you start the vehicle on petrol the switch to gas. Horrible smell and smoke but it worked.


Cenotaph in Whitehall f12 5 60 brite thru thin haze yellow filt
Cenotaph in Whitehall f12 5 60 brite thru thin haze yellow filt
Hitchin Rail Yard 6 3 100 01
Hitchin Rail Yard 6 3 100 01
Hitchin Rail Yard 6 3 100 02
Hitchin Rail Yard 6 3 100 01

Sir Thomas More mem 01
Sir Thomas More mem

From Morrisoxford61 on Flickr (no longer active): An interesting old building still in place and much the same, even the two street name plates are still in place. This building is now a solicitors office and is on the junction of Serle Street and Carey Street, Camden Town, London WC2.
This is only a stones throw from Lincolns Inn Fields and Chancery lane the heart of the legal side of the city.

Sir Thomas More mem 02
Sir Thomas More mem
Richard III monument
Richard I monument

Dickens old curiosity shop
Dickens old curiosity shop

From Morrisoxford61 on Flickr (no longer active): 13 to 14 Portsmouth street London WC2
Still there, survived the Luftwaffe luckily.

Dickens old curiosity shop 7
Dickens old curiosity shop

The shop is still there today. Do a search on Flickr or Google.


From Morrisoxford61 on Flickr (no longer active): Apart from being a little cleaner its the same now.
And don't forget our King and Queen never left (during the blitz), thats why the morale of Londoners was so good. My parents and grandparents lived through the bombing knowing their King and Queen, Princess Margaret and Elizabeth were also enduring the same.

That looks like an American car in the foreground a London taxi to the left with the hood down and the other may be a Daimler

Their is a memorial to Queen Victoria in front of the palace. This would have been covered with shuttering for the duration of the war, and it would have been an ideal place to photograph from. The other usual stance pre and post war was to hire a Lodnon cab and climb onto the roof rack or fold the hood and set the tripod up in the back. Those older cabs are around 8 foot high.

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace gates Guards 01
Buckingham Palace gates Guards
Guard in front of Palace
Guard in front of Palace
Buckingham Palace gates Band
Buckingham Palace gates Band

Buckingham Palace gates Guards 02
Buckingham Palace gates Guards
Guard Change at Buckingham Palace 02
Guard Change at Buckingham Palace
Guard Change at Buckingham Palace 01
Guard Change at Buckingham Palace

Lord Mayor of London 01
Lord Mayor of London
Lord Mayor of London 02
Lord Mayor of London

Houses of parliament
Houses of Parliament
Tower of Big Ben
Tower of Big Ben
Buckingham Palace gates Scotts pipers
Buckingham Palace gates Scotts pipers

Victoria Regina Monument
Victoria Regina Monument
Scotts guard band
Scotts guard band

farm yard side lite 02
farm yard side lite
farm yard side lite 01
farm yard side lite

Football Game
Football Game

This seems to be an American style football game. The negative occurs on a strip between the portraits of Major Griffin and Lt. Speed (Seen on the AAF - Personnel page. So the game is being played in England.

At the right is a second shot of the Cenotaph in Whitewall. See better shot above.

Cenotaph in Whitehall f12 5 60 brite thru thin haze yellow filt 01
Cenotaph in Whitehall f12 5 60 brite thru thin haze yellow filt



CLICK HERE to view the
POSTWAR PHOTOGRAPHY
from the other negative file from this same photographer.

Look at the bazookas on that little honey!
multiple bazookas installed on cub 03
Click here for the whole story!

Here are more stories about the 91st Bomber Group and some of the missions flown on a fine website by
Sam Halpert

For others in the AAF Bassingbourn series see also
The P-61 Black Widow
B-17 Bomber
The Lancaster Bomber
P-51 Mustang
The Avro York
The Short Stirling Bomber
The Piper Cub with the Bazookas
The B - 26
The Aerial Shots
The Personnel
The Christmas Party (This One)
The Photographer Tours England
And Miscellaneous clouds, landscapes and snow
Bassingbourn from a Window on the base.


Bassingbourn 1944 384th Bomber Group, B17 landing Discovered! Long lost negatives taken during the winter of 1944-45 at Bassingbourn AAF base in England.

Area 51 and a Half Area 51 and a Half You are probably not authorized to see these.

Don't take my picture! Oh! You DID didn't you! completely unaware of the photographer This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.


And don't miss
Cabinet Card Gallery
Square America
Tattered and Lost
Vernacular Photography
The best
FOUND PHOTOGRAPH
sites on the web.

And for postcards try
POSTCARDY
And see what's going on over at
Sepia Saturday!

All images are the property of Lost Gallery and the author. Permission must be granted for their use. All rights reserved.

THE KIDS Lesson one.
It is always a mystery how a photograph of any of these precious children could end up lost or abandoned. Here are a few. You will probably say "Ooh..." at least once.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School
The beautiful Dee. A curious story; What do you see?

WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?
Neiffel and Helvetica Typehigh

"What are they doing?"

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