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Report - RAF Barrow Common, radar site - May 2011

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Vii Sins, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Vii Sins

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    A little in land form Brancaster on the north Norfolk coast this site was built in 1940 with a hand operated bedstead aerial mounted on the roof and was originally manned by the army. One of the chain home low radar sites it could detect low flying aircraft up to 35 miles out to sea.
    Early in 1942 the site was taken over by the RAF as a joint air and surface watching station, and the bedstead aerial was replaced with a lattice tower that increased the operational range.
    The station was manned by 80 personnel working in a 6 hour shift pattern.
    Today the large radar room remains with the smaller diesel generator block next to it. The concrete bases for the later mast are still there too.
    On my visit I didn't get inside, didn't feel the need; I took the interior shots through grills and windows.

    The main block with smaller generator block to the right.
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