Mapping WWII UK airfields, AA and decoy sites
Having created one or two maps, and plotted a good few locations using Google’s map API, I can recommend this Google Earth link to provide a superb overview of World War II airfields, Heavy Anti-Aircraft gun sites and (bombing) Decoy sites. In addition, there are locations included for the early Sound Mirrors, and many RADAR stations.
Not only do the placemarks identify the locations, they also contain further data when opened, and provide an excellent starting point for researching a given site, or cross-referencing information or data you may already have.
Unlike applications using the map API, GE does not suffer from the dreadful slowing down effect incurred when more than a hundred or so points are displayed, and this application allows all the points to be shown in a reasonable time (PC spec permitting of course). To see how bad this effect can sometimes be, check the various map options displaying the locations of ROC posts in Scotland I wrote while playing around with the map API, and the methods used to try and overcome the delay.
Thanks to Matin Briscoe for this effort, a name I know well from my time hunting ROC posts and spending hours on Subterranea Britannica and the Research Study Group section that specialises in Cold War sites.
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