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Behind Enemy Lines - Tilstock

A cache by Heidi Seekers Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 10/27/2006
Difficulty:
5 out of 5
Terrain:
5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:


The North Co-ordinates for this cache:
These can be found by collecting the numbers in the Orange level caches: Peplow and High Ercall



The West Co-ordinates for this cache:
These can be found by collecting the numbers in the Orange level caches: Bratton and Weston Park

You are Heinz Beanz, a top secret German spy and your mission is to discover and report back on the British WW2 airfields of North Shropshire. As a spy, you will naturally be well versed in the recognition of British WW2 aircraft and have a smattering of morse code under your belt - you never know when you might need these skills!

To complete your mission, you will need to find a total of 13 caches, all near old WW2 airfields in North Shropshire. The caches are split between Yellow ("elevated"), Orange ("high") and Red ("severe") alert levels. The Yellow level caches give you the details needed to find the Orange level caches, which in turn give you the details to find the Red level final cache of the series.

This cache is on Red alert level and is the final cache in the series. We've included a chart which sets out the series and can be used to track your progress round the series.

Welcome to RAF Tilstock. The main purpose of the airfield was to train bomber crews and later in the war, for training crews to tow gliders. There is no record of any aircraft from Tilstock taking part in bombing raids, although some aircraft were used to drop leaflets over enemy occupied territory and some aircaft did take part in the Arnhem operation, although they were flown from bases in the south of England.

In the middle of the Summer of 1944 a Sitrling bomber, coming into land on runway 25 landed long and overshot the end of the runway, spinning round and coming to rest in the middle of the A49. The aircraft suffered only scratches from the barbed wire of the perimiter fence and was later towed back onto the airfield by the ground crew. It is also said that another Stirling overshot at the same place during one night and taxied down the road and back onto the airfield without telling anyone. Locals noticed the tyre marks on the A49 the next day.

The co-ordinates are for the old control tower which is situated between the A41 and A49. The A41 actually bisects the old airfield - you will see the remains of the old runway crossing the A41 just near the old control tower. Here is a map showing where the runways used to be. South of the main airfield area, there are lots of old airfield buildings hidden in Big Twemlow Wood.

The difficulty and terrain ratings are based on you having to do 12 other caches round all of North Shropshire to find this cache.

Please take the time to have a look around the area near the cache as there are lots of interesting things to see.

The North Co-ordinates for this cache:
These can be found by collecting the numbers in the Orange level caches: Peplow and High Ercall



The West Co-ordinates for this cache:
These can be found by collecting the numbers in the Orange level caches: Bratton and Weston Park

It is possible to do the series in a day. We throw down the gauntlet to anyone who'd like to try and will include any who do the series in a day in our Hall Of Fame.

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AJIGeo - 7/10/10

The Cuthies & Max - 7/10/10

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Could it be your name here...?

As of December 2014 there is a completion badge (see below); contact HQ for the display code.

 

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Haqre gur boivbhf hcebbgrq gerr fghzc. Cyrnfr er-uvqr nf jryy be orggre guna lbh sbhaq vg.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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