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Behind Enemy Lines - High Ercall

Hidden : 10/27/2006
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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North Co-ordinates
These can be found by collecting the numbers in the Yellow level cache Sleap.

West Co-ordinates
These can be found by collecting the numbers in the Yellow level cache: Montford Bridge.

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 Orange alert level and is one of the caches needed to find 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 High Ercall. RAF High Ercall was the only Shropshire airfield to see active combat - it was engaged as a front line nightfighter station during the Blitz. It is claimed that five Luftwaffe bombers were shot down by High Ercall's Beaufighters. The airfield complex was huge and many parts of it remain to this day. A major unit, 29 Maintenance Unit, employing hunderds of local civilians was based at the airfield and repaired, checked and modified stored aircraft. The airfield was attacked several times by the Germans, notably on 7th March 1941, although this resulted in minimal damage and no casualties.

There is a story that while at High Ercall, a pilot called Max Aitken flew his Beaufighter under the Iron Bridge at Ironbridge. For anyone who has visited the area, this must be virtaully impossible but when asked, his widow did not deny it and suggested looking at his logbook at the RAF Museum in Hendon, near London. The RAF Museum apparently could not find anything to substantiate this tale, but you never know...

The co-ordinates are for just outside the old main complex to the airfield, parts of which are still in use today. Good views over the airfield can be had from the B5063 Crudgington to Shrewsbury road (at around N52 45.391 W002 34.538). There are also many dispersed hangers from the airfield dotted round it's perimiter and currently used by storage comapnies. Here is a map showing where the runways used to be.

North Co-ordinates
These can be found by collecting the numbers in the Yellow level cache Sleap.

West Co-ordinates
These can be found by collecting the numbers in the Yellow level cache: Montford Bridge.

 

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Hc onax, Pbeare va urqtr

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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