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Report - WW2 Beam Jamming Station Leicestershire.

pigdog

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
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Been by this 100s of times and never knew what it was, I always thought it was old farm buildings. But I found out it was a Beam Jamming Station.
In 1940 civilians discovered that the Germans were using a radio signal guidance system code-named 'Knickebein' (Headache by the British) to direct night bombers on to a target. The system enabled bombing raids to be made on specific targets without the need for highly trained navigators and even when thick cloud covered the target. The civilians and others experienced in wireless operation were incorporated into the RAF and, with other RAF personel, became officially designated '80 Wing' with their HQ at Radlett in Hertfordshire. A jamming system was devised by these men which located the exact frequency of the German beams and transmitted a continuous note within the flight path area in such a strength that it swamped the German signals and disorientated the bombers designated flight path. The anticipated result was that the bombs would probably be released but not on target therefore minimising damage and injury. One of the jamming stations was in St. Joseph's Field in Charley Parish and four reinforced brick and concrete shelters were built to house the jamming equipment which were of the 'Aspirin', 'Bromide' and 'Benjamin' types. A book was written about 80 Wing, called "Royal Air Force Beam Benders No. 80 (Signals) Wing 1940-1945,
Visited with explorer dog Binky. :thumb
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Keaton

28DL Member
28DL Member
#2
How interesting. My dad was in 80 signal wing as a Wireless op. He didn't say much except he was at RAF North Creake and Oakington , went to Cambridge for a bit and went overseas to Cairo and the Black Forest. His demon book shows trains stamps from Hayes Sussex , Woking and Windlesham, a complete mystery