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Behind Enemy Lines - Condover

Hidden : 11/25/2006
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 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 - Weston Park. We've included a chart which sets out the series and can be used to track your progress round the series.

Welcome to RAF Condover. The airfield was used for training and although being a large airfield it was relatively underused in WW2. The airfield was originally planned as a satellite to RAF Atcham and officially opened in August 1942, but under RAF Shrewsbury instead of RAF Atcham. From time to time unexpected visitors arrived, including a Pathfinder Lancaster bomber which made an emergency landing here. After only 3 months flyng, the airfield was temporarily closed for runway repairs. By the end of 1944 there were 660 RAF and 100 WAAF personnel stationed here. In January 1945 the Harvards arrived at the airfield but were gone by June the same year, when the airfield closed.

Today, most of the airfield is used by horses from the nearby stables. Many old buildings remain, including the old control tower (picture above), a hangar and various ruins. The main runways have long gone, to be used as hard-core in road building, but some of the perimiter track remains.

The cache is to be found very close to part of the old perimiter track leading to the main runway. We suggest approaching the cache from the south (parking at approximately N52 37.428 W002 43.687) as it's a lovely walk with obvious waymarks (we've heard the way in from the east is not as easy and involves walking round the edge of a field). It is a bit of a longer walk that some of the other ones in the series, but well worth it to see the ruins near the cache site. Here is a map showing where the runways used to be.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

nepu

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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