Cropped Aerial Photos Luftwaffe Airfields

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Here is a link to a new growing set of crops of aerial photos taken by my father, John S. Blyth, flying a Spitfire MK XI from Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, UK. Many of you have viewed my sets of high resolution aerial photos of airfields, marshaling yards, bridges, V weapons sites, etc. and I would like to thank those of you who have contributed to IDing of locations, features and historical facts pertaining to these photos. My intention in cropping the photos is to allow access for a wider number of you. I will be adding to the collection as time permits. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24554019@N06/sets/72157623296582738/ Cheers Scott And check this trailer out while you're at it. www.dav32.com
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bad link? Scott I clicked on that and got a bad link. Not sure yet if that's my (workplace) settings but perhaps you might like to check. And BTW, is Parchim amongst the airfields photographed? Tks, D

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Corrected Link Hello Smith I think the link is corrected and I added a few more photos.

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Those are brilliant Scott, thanks again!

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No problems here. Very interesting link - thanks.:)
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Excellent images, and thanks for sharing. I've got to ask though, how did your father manage to keep images taken on his reccon missions? We had a Luftwaffe reccon pilot visit St Athan about two years ago, and provided some fantastic images of the airfield.
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Very, very interesting! Regarding this picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24554019@N06/3101929168/sizes/l/in/set-72157609636214338/ This is indeed Allach, but not the BMW/MAN/MTU site. The plant in the approx. centre is Krauss-Maffei (locomotives), the adjacent railway line is the Munich-Ingolstadt railway, the wavy lines in the lower right-hand corner are Eversbuschstrasse, river Würm and Behringstrasse, and the narrow road from the bottom to the upper left-hand corner is Ludwigsfelderstrasse. The top of the photograph points approximately in the SE direction. When exactly was this picture taken?

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Excellent images, and thanks for sharing. I've got to ask though, how did your father manage to keep images taken on his reccon missions? We had a Luftwaffe reccon pilot visit St Athan about two years ago, and provided some fantastic images of the airfield.
Hi Pagen, RAF photo recce aircrew were allowed to keep certain prints from the sorties they flew. Not sure about USAAF photo recce pilots but it appears to have been the same case. Scott - excellent photos, thanks for sharing them. Best Regards Andy Fletcher

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Thanks All In answer to your question Pagen01 I have no idea why he or any of the other pilots were allowed to head home with full size prints taken from their missions. You would think that would be a security breach of some kind. My father originally had two big boxes of photos and now we only have one not so big box. Cheers Scott

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Thanks for the geography lesson Kenneth! The photo was taken on August 11, 1944 from an altitude of approximately 8 kilometres. One interesting thing about the photo in question is the trompe l'oeil camo on two of the factory buildings. If you go to this site on Google Earth most of the buildings are still there. BTW Kenneth the linked photo which you sent is only large (883 x 1024) size. There is an even larger (2112 x 2449) size available which gives much better resolution. All the best Scott
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I've seen the large version, thanks! No need for me to go to Google Earth; I live there... :D
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Thanks for the explanations, I'm guessing the Luftwaffe chap was allowed the same courtesy - good thing that they did keep them.