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 Yellow alert level and is one of the caches needed to find the Orange level caches and contains the west co-ordinates for Behind Enemy Lines - Peplow. We've included a chart which sets out the series and can be used to track your progress round the series.
Welcome to Atcham! Atcham was used by the USAF and was home to thousands of young Americans. Thuderbolt fighters were used here to train the American pilots for combat in Europe. The training included all phases of combat, with simulated dogfights and dive bombing using the ranges at Llanbedr in the west of Wales. There were up to 150 Thunedrbolt aircraft based here at one time. The accommodation for the 1600 service personnel was dispersed around the area, including in the nearby Atcham Hall.
Today all that remains of the airfield is the grassed over main runway which runs parallel to the B4394 (just to the east of the road - look over the fence for the rough looking grass), some taxiways and the odd small building. The main airfield site is now home to Atcham Industrial Estate - the original buildings have been demolished to make way for modern buildings.
The cache is to be found on the old northern perimiter track of the airfield. We'd suggest you approach from the road to the west (parking at approximately N52 41.438 W002 38.622), along the perimiter track. Here is a map showing where the runways used to be.