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 Post subject: War Office 'Air Maps'
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 16:41 pm 
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Anyone know about these ...

Its dated 1943, produced by the War Office in conjunction with Ordnance Survey in 1/4" to 1 mile scale. Looking at it closely it seems to show all the air bases/aerodromes of the time marked by red circles .. I've done a close up of a couple of the more well known ones .. Quite a large map, printed on paper, the pictures maybe give more of an an idea of what it is.


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It's possible to find very good printable archives of maps here at:
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ams/british_isles/
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Yes, similar to what I have got, wondering if they have any value, I pick up period stuff if I see it, either to keep or sell on ... !!

Hope you don't mind but I have reduced it to a more suitable size ... what I cant figure out is how such big pics can load when the limit is 250kb ..??


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You have one of 12 maps produced in the GSGS 3957 series, which covered the whole of the UK in 1:250000 scale. They were introduced in 1942 & updated regularly thereafter. This would have been the staple map for aircraft crews transiting across the country below 10 000'.

As you can see, it contains all the major features you would need to know about to navigate accurately without being too cluttered. Very much the forerunner of today's NATS 1:250000 charts used by all pilots in the UK.

If you are able to get hold of the late war editions, it's fascinating to see the concentration of airfields across the country by wars end. You really can understand why there were so many mid-air collisions.

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