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 Post subject: The Messerschmidt on the Sands
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:40 am 
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The current Garstang Focus mentions a talk by Russell Brown on the wartime aviation history of the Fylde. It has a photo of the Messerschmidt mock up on Pilling/Cockerham Sands, used for target practice by the Fleet Air Arm, which was blown up by the TA about 1971. I`m sure this as been mentioned before but I can`t find the post. A couple of questions:
1/ Where exactly was it?
2/ If it was used for target practice, does that mean the sands were used as a bombing range?
3/ If so, why wasn`t the decoy destroyed? Or were only dud practice bombs used?


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 Post subject: Re: The Messerschmidt on the Sands
PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:07 pm 
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Hi Phil, I remember the mock up of the plane quite clearly as I used to motorcycle up to Glasson Dock from Blackpool in the 60's. It was a well known landmark but I couldn't describe it's exact location except it appeared to be mounted on a post out across the marshes. Never realised it was the outline of a Messerschmidt. There was a lot of aircraft training activity in the area during the war. My father was a pilot in the Polish Air Force. He was based at Flookburgh for a short while and one of his jobs there was to tow targets for anti aircraft gunners to practice shooting at. Maybe the target was for fighter pilots to practice diving on and shooting at.


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 Post subject: Re: The Messerschmidt on the Sands
PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:26 am 
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I remember seeing it as a kid in the 60s.It wasn't destroyed as practice ammunition was softer than the metal target.I'm sure it was between Knott End and what's now the nature reserve at Lane Ends(I think it was called something else then)


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