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Report - Stanton Air Raid Shelters - RAF Llandow - Wales - Feb - 16


Bajo Tierra
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These 6 identical shelters are not documented online so i thought i would post these up for the record.

Some History

RAF Llandow is a former Royal Air Force Station situated near the village of Llandow
The major RAF unit based at Llandow throughout its existence was No.38 Maintenance unit (38 MU) which was tasked with the reception, storage and despatch of RAF aircraft. 38 MU opened on 1 April 1940 and closed on 15 March 1957.
The wartime RAF units were based at Llandow between June 1941 and July 1944. The first was NO.53 Operational Training Unit B Flight equipped with Supermarine Spitfires which arrived on 24 June 1941. A satellite station at RAF Rhoose (now Cardiff Internation Airport) was used by this unit. Three small transport flights were formed here during April 1944 with NO.1312 flight RAF remaining based until 21 July 1944 with six Avro Anson I's for transporting urgent personnel to and from the Normandy Landings.

Stanton Air Raid Shelters

A segment shelter manufactured by the Stanton Ironworks, Derbyshire. The shop producing spun-concrete lighting columns ceased production and turned over to concrete air-raid shelters, of which 100,000 tons were manufactured, principally for the air ministry. Reinforced concrete proved an ideal material for air-raid shelters, being strong and resistant to shock with no deterioration with the passing of time. This type of segment shelter was of simple design and of low cost—any length of shelter could be built up from the pre-cast steel reinforced concrete segments.

The segments were 20 inches wide; a pair of them formed an arch 7 feet high and transverse struts were provided to ensure rigidity. These fitted into longitudinal bearers which were grooved to receive the foot of each segment. Each pair of segments was bolted together at the apex of the arch and each segment was also bolted to its neighbour, the joints being sealed with a bituminous compound. The convenient handling of these segments enabled them to be transported onto sites where close access by motor lorry was not possible. Partly buried in the ground, with a suitably screened entrance, this bolted shelter afforded safe protection against blast and splinters.












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right up my street. nice to get this documented, nice one ;)

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