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nsteense
05-30-2007, 12:41 AM
These are two pictures I found a long time ago on a website, which doesn't exist anymore, dealing with the 9th AF during WW2. There was an comment saying unknown location, but I pretty much immediatly recognized the shunting area of the place where I live. Unbelieveable, because the builded area has grown a lot since then.
ANd the best part is, you can still the scars on the ground of this attack to this very day. Flying over the area you can see one meadow which still looks like swiss cheese.
http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/2736/hasselt1zb2.jpg
http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/9413/hasselt2xg9.jpg

T_O_A_D
05-30-2007, 06:21 AM
So do you have a photo of today from above?

nsteense
05-31-2007, 12:30 AM
This is the best I could get sofar from wikimapia.
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/3509/untitledhasselt1ty8.jpg
The area has changed a lot since then. But you can still see the route of the small river in the left side of the picture for comparison. Also, if you look very closely, you can see a meadow with a rough surface appearance. It's not so obvious on this picture, but after rain fall, this is full of puddles of water where the bombcraters used to be.

T_O_A_D
06-01-2007, 07:38 AM
I'm not seeing the the river, in the old photo's as I do in your newer photo.

But none the less I beleive ya.

You don't have to but if you had phot shop or something can you just highlig the spot your talking about?

Very interesting regardless, to compare old to new, and see the lasting marks of War. Mother earth has to carry the scars from our mistakes alot longer than we do. Generations die off, and forget. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif Seeing Mother earth scared could, and should reminds us younger generations for a long time, if we are only willing to look at her.

mbfRoy
06-01-2007, 08:06 AM
Nice pics!

This is the best I could do before getting extremely bored trying to match the scale http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/1923/hasseltbeforexr2.jpg

http://img174.imageshack.us/img174/2830/hasseltnowmq6.jpg

Sturmtrooper
06-01-2007, 08:10 AM
This is pretty interesting stuff, mbfRoy.

It would be cool to have more pics of places like this. You know,before,after,and today.

nsteense
06-02-2007, 08:43 AM
Here are some highlights to compare the two pictures.
THe Red circle is the river I was talking about. The blue circle is a small castle surrounded by water, which is not very obvious from both pictures.
The green line is the routing of a road which is still recognizable today.
The yellow cirle is the meadow I was talking about.http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/1995/hasselt1zb3zy4.jpg
http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/9079/hasselt2aj5.jpg
This is the closest zoom in I could get of the bomb craters still visible today.
http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/3637/hasselt3yc9.jpg

staticline1
06-02-2007, 01:05 PM
Too bad the site no longer exists, could have been useful for some information. Any chances of getting some ground level shots since you live in the area?

nsteense
06-04-2007, 12:56 AM
Originally posted by staticline1:
Too bad the site no longer exists, could have been useful for some information. Any chances of getting some ground level shots since you live in the area?

The problem is that you don't see anything from the ground. Although, we're occassionaly reminded when they dig up unexploded bombs near the railway station, during construction work.

Hawgdog
06-04-2007, 04:54 AM
Very cool before and after photos.
Thanks for posting.

Blutarski2004
06-04-2007, 10:55 AM
Originally posted by nsteense:
These are two pictures I found a long time ago on a website, which doesn't exist anymore, dealing with the 9th AF during WW2. There was an comment saying unknown location, but I pretty much immediatly recognized the shunting area of the place where I live.


..... If we may ask, what exaclty is the name of this place? Where is it?

nsteense
06-04-2007, 12:33 PM
Originally posted by Blutarski2004:



..... If we may ask, what exaclty is the name of this place? Where is it?

It's Hasselt, Belgium.

T_O_A_D
06-04-2007, 02:39 PM
Thanks for clarifying that for me.

x6BL_Brando
06-04-2007, 03:58 PM
The giveaway clue for orientation is the railway layout - especially the unmistakeable 'throat' of the goods yard which lies within a triangle of tracks which forms a three way junction.

While roads and buildings and even rivers come & go, railways are different. The land they occupy was doled out by governments around 150 years ago and the boundaries never change. Another name for the track-work is the "permanent way". It's interesting to note that the goods yard of today looks little different to how it was at the time of the raid, in layout.

Anyway, that's your orientation lecture for today chaps. Carry on..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

B