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The Tar Barrels




The relic remains of several tar barrels can be found to the south eastern side of the airfield and were probably used to indicate wind direction for glider approach - further work is being carried out regarding this possibility.

This photograph taken at RAF Blakehill's sister station, RAF Down Ampney, clearly shows smoke being generated across the field during glider operations.

At least one of the Tar Barrels shows what could be evidence of small arms fire and could have been used as target practice - one has to be cautious in assuming that this damage is from WW2, as this could have been caused at any time, post war, by a civilian weapon, such as a shotgun. 

Without proper ballistics study, this question remains unanswered. 


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