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Behind Enemy Lines - Montford Bridge

Hidden : 11/27/2006
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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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 - High Ercall. We've included a chart which sets out the series and can be used to track your progress round the series.

Welcome to RAF Montford Bridge. Montford Bridge was the local finishing school for Spitfire pilots. The airfield was twinned with nearby RAF Rednal, which was the parent base. The airfield opened in April 1942 and was home to 61 Operational Training Unit. From January 1945, Mustang III fighters were used here alongside the Spitfires. The early part of a pilots training was done at RAF Rednal and then the pilot was transferred to RAF Montford Bridge for finishing, prior to being despatched to a combat unit.

After 61 OTU left the airfield, it was used for a while by 34 Maintenance Unit, repairing and breaking up planes and gliders. The airfield also had a small German POW camp. Today, all that is left of the airfield are the runways and taxiways (grown through with vegitation) and some of the buildings, including the old control tower (pictured above - you can see it through the fence at approximately N52 45.252 W002 50.565). The wartime Naafi is now Grafton County Primary School. There is also a multi-chambered underground battle HQ which is reached down a metal runged ladder and is still there today.

The cache is to be found close to the airfield in a lovely little wood. Here is a map showing where the runways used to be.

 

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Raq bs snyyra gerr. Fcbvyre cvpgher ninvynoyr.

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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