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See my previous Panoramio comments re. these Portsmouth Landmarks.

This is the second ship of the Type-45 or Daring-class air-defence destroyers built for the Royal Navy. She was launched at Govan in 2007 and handed over to the Royal Navy on 3rd December 2009 being formally commissioned on 3rd June 2010.

This gun was designed for the battleships of the Royal Navy in the late 1930s. This gun armed the King George V-class battleships during the Second World War. It stands at the forefront of the Royal Armouries pointing towards sea!

Fort Nelson is one of five defensive forts built on the summit of Portsdown Hill in the 1860s overlooking the important neval base of Portsmouth. It is now part of the Royal Armouries housing their collection of artillery and is a Grade I listed building.

This was a British shell-firing mortar built for the Crimean War but never used in combat. It was constructed in sections so it could be transported. Eleven feet long it weighed 42,674 Kg. It could fire a 2,400 lb shell one and a half miles!

And now his birthplace is a chinky restaurant!!! The blue plaque reads, "Peter Sellers, 1925-1980, Actor & Comedian, was born here".

And there is!!! This one is, however, not over water but a road!!!

My cousin Chris Wood emigrated to Oz in 1986 and returned for the first time in 2006. This is his second return and that's him second right with the blue shirt with six of his cousins! Here's to his next visit!

This delightful tea garden is tucked away at the back of a private dwelling in Elstow close to the Elstow Abbey Church. Never knew it existed but a full Sunday roast was had by all and we shall return!!!

Taken from Keysoe Road, Thurleigh, the control tower for the 306th Bomb Group of which my old man Cpl Leroy Lokey was a part on the ground crew. I had gone to photograph the Eighth Air Force memorial in Keysoe Road only to find that after over sixty years it had been moved to the 306th Bomb Group Museum in Thurleigh Aerodrome! The airfield was built in 1941 and on 7th September 1942 the 306th Group started to arrive with some of their B17s flying the following week. This Group were the first over Germany and from October 1942 the 306th mounted a long and arduous offensive suffering many losses. The Group completed their long war on the 19th April 1945 which was their 342nd mission, the second highest for any B17 Group. During its time at Thurleigh over 9600 sorties had been flown with the loss of 171 aircraft in action and over 22500 tons of bombs were dropped. In 1946 construction work began on the airfield to turn it into what became known as the R.A.E., the Royal Aeronautical Establishment, Bedford. This is where a lot of test flying took place in the fifties and this included aircraft I used to hear about as a boy, living nearby in Sharnbrook, such as the Fairey Delta, and indeed many of the test pilots lived in our village and we went to school with their kids. Susan McCreith I know has died, and there was Pauline Larson whose father was killed in the "Flying Bedstead" accident in the late fifties and Mick Thurstan who was at Bedford Modern School with me. Where are you now Mick & Pauline?


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