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The attractive village of Barton-le-Clay nestles at the foot of the beautiful Barton Hills, it is ringed by beautiful Bedfordshire countryside and is famous for its impressive... More..

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Photo © Jenna Leigh-thompson (22nd November 2008)
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"Marendaz Trainer at Barton Aerodrome"

more information can be found on the Barton Le Clay community website (www.bartonleclay.org) One of only a hand full of pictures of the only Marendaz Trainer built, picture taken in 1939. This airplane was designed and built at Barton-In-The-Clay (now called Barton-Le-Clay) by Luton Aircraft for Capt’ DMK Marendaz, The owner of Marendaz Special Cars before Marendaz Aircraft and the Bedford School Of Flying based at the Aerodrome.…. You can clearly recognize Sharpenhoe Clappers in the background. This airplane was given to the ATC at RAF Halton in 1940 when all civil aircraft become grounded with the start of WWII… its current location is unknown!

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Photographer: © Jenna Leigh-thompson (Gallery)(22nd November 2008)
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Marendaz Trainer at Barton Aerodrome

more information can be found on the Barton Le Clay community website (www.bartonleclay.org) One of only a hand full of pictures of the only Marendaz Trainer built, picture taken in 1939. This airplane was designed and built at Barton-In-The-Clay (now called Barton-Le-Clay) by Luton Aircraft for Capt’ DMK Marendaz, The owner of Marendaz Special Cars before Marendaz Aircraft and the Bedford School Of Flying based at the Aerodrome.…. You can clearly recognize Sharpenhoe Clappers in the background. This airplane was given to the ATC at RAF Halton in 1940 when all civil aircraft become grounded with the start of WWII… its current location is unknown!
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Comment by Jenna Leigh-thompson (Photo owner)(1st March 2011)

excellent

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Comment by Linda-mary Sigley(19th March 2011)

This is just marvellous Miss Leigh-Thompson! I enjoyed your explanation so much. Imagine 1939 and the photo of this mysterious airplane still exists! Where is it?? You deserve a double 5 for this.

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Comment by Jenna Leigh-thompson (Photo owner)(2nd April 2011)

many thanks, the whole story of the 'Barton In The Clay Aerodrome' can be found at www.bartonleclay.org the villages community website. Aircraft of this period suffered two great fates, the first was degradation of the glue used to hold them together and the impressment in to RAF use as trainers as WWII loomed.

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Comment by Jenna Leigh-thompson (Photo owner)(2nd April 2011)

I have many more pictures of the village taken during this period like Benny Hucks 1911 Blackburn crash landing at the rectory however with www.picturesofengland.com current hold on the posting of old /black&white images I cannot put them up as yet.. sorry, you can find most though on the community website in the history section. www.bartonleclay.org

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