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Report - Silvermere Air Raid Bunker & Weybridge Barrage Balloon Depot - Surrey - April 2013

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by bhg, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. bhg

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    Enjoying the warm, spring day I decided to visit one of the local bunkers/shelters. I struggled a bit with finding it, but finally did :).

    Info about the bunker (borrowed from MarkR report):

    This air raid shelter is thought to have protected the workers at a WW2 dispersed production site, Foxwarren, for Vickers-Armstrongs at the nearby Brooklands, Surrey.The site also has associations with the bouncing bomb, (which was developed at what is now Brooklands College), the Viking, Valiant and V1000 prototypes as it remained in use until the mid 1950s.

    Some pics here:

    Main entrance:

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    1st passage:

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    2nd passage

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    Emergency exit (ladder is coming away from the wall :)

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    Something for you Jasp:)

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    After visiting the bunker I went to check remains of Barrage Balloon Depot, which is located in the same area. I don't know if you find this one interesting...

    Here is some info (from pillboxstudygroup website):

    954 Squadron RAufAX and was used for operating the balloons brought in after Eprosbungruppe 210 bombed Brooklands on the 4 September 1940. The balloons were listed as operational by 22.00 hours on 6 September 1940 and the informative balloon barrage site (bbrclub.org) lists Weybridge as having 21 balloons. Each requiring a crew of around 7 to 12 men. A Fordson tractor for each balloon and hangarage, repair and accommodation would be required. 954 Squadron appear to have been a stand alone unit responsible for the defence of Brooklands

    Pics:

    Main building:

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    inside:

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    Another building:

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    Small bricked shelter (3 on site)

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    water/liquid tanks

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    one of the hangar bases:

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    and barrage balloons:)

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    Thanks for looking...
     
    #1 bhg, Apr 21, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2013

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