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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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.
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.
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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