Some Historic Photos – Shipton by Spitfire

Gerry has researched the pilot who took these photos (on 3rd September 1944 - exactly 5 years after the start of WW2) and discovered that he was an accomplished war photographer who has exhibited at the Imperial War Museum.

He was serving in RAF 16 Squadron Reconnaissance Wing of the 2nd Tactical Wing flying from the Airfield at Northolt. They had just taken delivery of the latest Spitfire PR MKXI and were equipment testing and training ready for operations over France. They were to operate out of RAF Hartford Bridge. As you can tell from his letter (below) in 1988 he survived the War.

The photos show the Manor gardens and St Oswolds Church as well as a view of Shipton looking towards North Farm. There is also a lovely view of the Gables and Shepherds Cottage and a single storey barn.   It is interesting to see the Perretts coach in the middle of the road with the then bus station (now replaced with the Hightrees houses).

It is an amazing record of how the village has changed in just over 70 years.

The letter and three photos taken by the pilot are shown below:



The letter text is as follows:

Dear…

I thought you might like the enclosed photographs which I found in my files- taken from a 16 Squadron PR Spit in 44.  My interest is that it was up for sale around that time and we were trying to persuade Father to buy it.

JMC Horsfall

Keeping the garden like that would be a bit daunting -

Photo 1 : Shipton with Shipton Oliffe Manor in the top left (marked by the pilot) 


Photo 2 : Shipton Oliffe Manor and St Oswald's Church in the bottom left corner

Photo 3 : North Farm Cottages, The Gables, Shepherds Cottage and the then bus station



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