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Re: Anti-Aircraft Battery (166) Fort Borstal
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2014, 20:52:21 »
15/8/1940 at 1536/1542 was the occasion of the attack on Rochester Airport that put Stirling bomber production back by several weeks, and prompted an earlier thread on ‘Sand Filled Bombs’.

I think I remember the incident at 1140 on 30/8/1940. Mum, Dad and I were in the garden at Ross Street, Rochester, watching some barely visible planes over James Street and flying south. I can’t remember if there was the ‘brrrr’ of machine guns or not – the planes were very high, so it might be an association of ideas - but suddenly one came down in a vertical dive at full throttle (think of those newsreel shots of German Stukas, only with an increasingly high pitch) which seemed to last forever, with the plane getting ever larger, finally ending with a ‘thump’.

We looked at each other, and then Dad quietly said “Christ!”

The snag is that 30th August was a Friday, so what was he doing home from work at 11:40? Yet there can’t have been another incident like it.
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Re: Anti-Aircraft Battery (166) Fort Borstal
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2014, 18:07:56 »
An earlier post said something about one person lying about his age.  Not had time to look for a copy of them.  Hopefully someone may have some spare time to see if they can... :)

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Re: Anti-Aircraft Battery (166) Fort Borstal
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2014, 18:03:25 »
Hi KYN
Any idea what Kings rules and regulations section 383 covered? Seems a lot of it about in that unit.

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Re: Anti-Aircraft Battery (166) Fort Borstal
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2014, 10:19:02 »
I was hoping some of the names would be noticed and more information about them posted.  Thank you :)

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Re: Anti-Aircraft Battery (166) Fort Borstal
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2014, 10:18:00 »
Rochester 1/7/40.

2nd/Lt R.J.Trett.

I knew Roy Trett who was my Father's C/O in the T.A. after the war. 564 mixed AA Regt. (Watling Street Battery, Gillingham) RATA. Before the War, he was a teacher at Barnsole Road School.

He served in Europe and when demobbed,  returned to teaching at Barnsole Road,  and then Kings School Rochester and the RATA. He eventually became a Colonel and was awarded the OBE in 1975 for services to the Kent Cadet Force. He was also a member of Kent Numismatic Society.

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Re: Anti-Aircraft Battery (166) Fort Borstal
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2014, 10:15:21 »
   August                     
   S9      01/08/1940      0020      Bombs fell Bearing 10° about 3 miles away.  Low Clouds.  ***** about 2000ft.  Plane unobserved.   
   Oak St.            0130      Bombs fell Bearing 320°.  Distant.  Visibility still very poor.   
         03/08/1940      0055      Bomb fell Bearing 240° Low cloud.   
               0055      Alert + alarm   
               0057      Incendiary bombs started fire at Bearing 320°   
               2129      Bombs from aircraft taking advantage of low cloud fell Bearing 355°   
         15/08/1940      1500      Several warnings from GRO-R   
   S7            1536      Two formations of Ju 88 and Dornier 17 bombers engaged 24 rounds fired.   
   Fort Borstal                  Good effect 1 believed hit.  Formations bombed Rochester airport + district.   
   S9            1542      E***** formations of eight Do 17 observed on bearing 160° flying north.   
                     Engaged at 12000ft.  ** 8* changed course to East.  1 plane seen to falter considerably. 3 more Do 17 seen but out of **** range at 13000ft.   
   S7            1848 to 1908      Ju 88 Bombers over West Malling out of range. 2 Ju 88 seen to crash.   
   S9      16/08/1940      1225      Planes heard flying west but poor visibility rendered observation impossible.  Planes observed flying east at 0° identified as Ju 88 height 12000ft.   
               1228      Opened fire 9 rounds.  1 plane observed to lose height rapidly after a burst.  Visibility very bad owing to haze.   
   S7            1230      Formation of Ju 88 engaged.  Bombs dropped West Malling.  7 rounds fired.   
   S9      17/08/1940      1250      Weather warm.  Visibility not good.  Number of planes heard but only friendly seen.   
               1330      One Do 17 indicated by AA bursts Bearing 320° height 2400ft flew close past S9 with Spitfire diving to attack.   
               1642      Mass of Dorniers about 60 observed on bearing 100° flying west height 12000ft. Out of range.  Other sites in action.   
                     Opened fire when Dorniers altered course to north.  4 rounds fired.   
               1715      Observed enemy fighter Me 109 shot down by Hurricane Bearing 130° 10000ft.   
   S7      18/08/1940      1326      1 Do 17 engaged Nil effect fighters hindered fire.   
               1742      61 Do 17 engaged 18 rounds fired 1 hit tail plane seen to break up.   
   S9      19/08/1940      0001      Plane heard bombs observed falling at 20° distant.  No plane observed low cloud   
               1638      1 He III over S9 before guns could be manned target lost in cloud.   
         20/08/1940      1545      Hostile planes believed Ju 88 observed on bearing 230° Height 20000".  Out of range.   
   S7            1555      1 Ju 88 engaged 6 rounds.  Nil effect.  Height 20000"   
   S9      21/08/1940      1831      Hostile plane immediately observed emerging from low cloud Bearing 190° obscured by drifting cloud before **** height.   
   S7            1835      1 Ju 88 engaged 11 rounds.  4 effective bursts.  Plane lost height and changed course.  Opening height 7400ft.  Bombs dropped Bearing 29°   
   S7      24/08/1940      1535      12 Ju 88 engaged 72 rounds fired.  1 direct hit 2 damaged 1 probably finished off by fighter.   
   S9            1536      Same raid sighted flying N.E. height 12600ft.  Formation *ights in ***   
               1537      Opened fire Height 13000ft.  39 rounds fired.  Following close bursts plane observed to lose height rapidly leaving black smoke trail.   
                     1 other plane appeared hit.  1 officially credit to S9   
   S9      26/08/1940      1458      12 Do 17 with Me fighters observed height 20000ft.  Fleeting target no round fired.   
   S7      27/08/1940      0145      Do 17 engaged.  Good S/L co oporation.  26 rounds fired.  Personnel on gun site machine gunned.  Lewis gun action taken.   
   S9            0150      18 small incendiaries Bearing 40 - 60°   
                     Single Ju 88 picked up in S/Ls.  Height 5000ft.  38 rounds fired. Plane lost height after close bursts.   
   S7            0207      Hostile type not identified.  14 rounds fired.  Hit registered on wing.  Later reported seen in flames.   
   S9            0213      Single He III seen in S/Ls.  Height 9400ft.  33 rounds fired.  Plane took avoiding action and lost height following near misses.   
   S7            2040      Hostile aircraft approached **igly bombed Rochester, Upnor, Chatham + Gillingham.  HE + incendiary used.  5/*** stated.  Good visibility at times.  S/Ls unable to pick up target.   
   S9      28/08/1940      0120      18 small incendiaries at Bearing 40 - 60°.  No damage several large fires started in Chatham after.   
   S9      30/08/1940      1140      Large numbers of hostile planes observed flying at great height.  All out of range.   
                     Spitfire seen to crash in Strood.   
                     Me 109 seen shot down on bearing 108° from 20000ft.   
   S7            1636      Me 109s engaged.  16 rounds fired. Changed course 21600ft.   
               1707      1 Ju 88 engaged.  15 rounds fired.  Nill effect 10000 /0°   
   S9      31/08/1940      1240      About 18 Do 17 and escort of Me 109s observed on bearing 60° flying NE   
                     Planes flew into range and fire opened.  4 rounds fired.  1 Hurricane seen shot down near Shorne.  1 Me 109 shot down near Aylesford.   
               1745      20 He III reported over Dockyard.  18 Do 17 and escort of Me 109 observed on bearing 108° flying NW.  Planes altered course to N then SE.   
               1759      Opened fire.  21 rounds fired.  1 bomber appeared to be destroyed in an by direct hit (unconfirmed).  Bombs dropped on bearing 220° about 1/4 mile distant.   
   S7            1747      19 Do 17 engaged.  44 rounds fired.  1 Do 17 destroyed apparently only gun site in action at time.   

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Re: Anti-Aircraft Battery (166) Fort Borstal
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2014, 16:59:43 »
   Rochester      May                        
         02/05/1940            1 OR posted from L.A.A. Practice Camp Penhole.   
         03/05/1940            Capt. H.E. Small joined from Royal **** Yeomanry.   
         06/05/1940            1 OR rejoined from Class W(T) T.A. Reserve   
         10/05/1940      0444      Junkers 88 engaged by G.S.7.  7 Rounds fired.  Effect Nil.  2 other hostile raids plotted out of range.   
                     G.S.9. reports 2 Junkers 88 seen travelling East down River Thames at 10750ft.  Intense A.A. fire seen from both sides of river.  Effect Nil.  Out of range for G.S.9.   
         14/05/1940            1 OR discharged *ide KR 383 (XVI)(6)   
         17/05/1940            2 Sergts struck off strength on joining 133 A.A.  O.C.T.U.  R.A.   
         19/05/1940            1 Sergt * **** posted from 211 Training Regiment R.A.   
         20/05/1940            1 OR posted from 55 Regt. H.Q.   
         21/05/1940            1 OR enlisted at A.R.O. Chatham + posted to 166.   
         23/05/1940            1 OR rejoined colouts from Class (W) Royal Army Reserve.   
         25/05/1940            1 OR posted to H.Q. 28 A.A. Bde.   
                     1 Sergt posted to 70th S/L Regiment RA W.E.* 5/4/40   
                        
                     During month there were several alerts and alarms which did not develop into any action.   
                     Strength 31.5.40  8 Officers  269 O.R.s   
                        
   Rochester      June               
         01/06/1940            Designation of Battery amended*ide A.C.I. 539 1/6/40 now classified as a Heavy AA Battery.   
                     1 OR posted to "W" Cadre 211 AA Training Regt RA.  Joined W. Cadre 21/6/40   
                     7 O.F.G's posted from Depot RA Woolwich.  Joined 11/6/40   
         04/06/1940            1 OR posted from 55 R.H.Q.   
         07/06/1940      2330      Alarm Civil Sirens sounded no planes heard.   
               2355      All clear   
         18/06/1940      2310      Alarm.  Hostile plane help by search lights over Thames estuary then lost.   
               2320      2 bombs dropped at Upnor.   
         19/06/1940      0030      G.S.9 report plane believed seen to crash in essex   
                     Relays of single aircraft believed hostile passed over G.S.9.  Not illuminated.   
               0215      Alarm   
               0245      Alert cancelled   
               2320      Civil Sirens sounded planes heard but not seen.   
         22/06/1940      0930      Alarm GS7 report Junkers 88 seen and engaged.  16 rounds fired.  Aircraft took immediate avoiding action.  Fire discontinued when fighter aircraft appeared.   
                     GS9 reported same plane as passing over site.   
                     Plane subsequently reported by G.O.R. as having been shot down by R.A.F.   
         23/06/1940            Capt. G.A.E. Small struck off Battery strength but still attached.   
                        
                     Strength on 30.6.40  7 Officers 276 Ors   
                        
   Rochester      July               
         01/07/1940            1 OR posted to 8th A.A. reserve Regt. R.A. Blackdown   
                     1 OR posted to "W" Cadre 211 A.A. Training Regt. R.A.   
                     2/Lt. R J Trett attended Course No. 106 for H.A.A. 4.5" and No.1 predictor at S.A.A.D, Manorbier (?), 1-7-40 to 13-7-40   
         04/07/1940            G.L. Equipment installed at G.S.9   
         06/07/1940            Searchlight installed at G.S.9 for use in conjunction with G.L. Equipment.   
         08/07/1940            1 OR posted for training to 162nd O.C.T.U. Bulford (Infantry)   
         16/07/1940            2/Lt. P. Rickett attached to 163rd Hy. A.A. Battery R.A. while assisting in training of Army Class intake at Tower Hill.   
         17/07/1940            1 Sgt. Discharged under K.R.'s 1935, para 383 (XVI)   
         26/07/1940            1 OR posted from 163rd Hy. A.A. Battery R.A. (inter-regimental).   
         31/07/1940            1 OR posted from 308th Hy. Battery R.A. (inter-regimental).   
                        
                     During the month an increasing number of alerts and alarms have been received, mostly during the hours of darkness, but none has developed into an action.  Hostile planes have been heard over both sites at night but have not been illuminated by searchlights.   
                     During several alarms G.L. Equipment was instrumental in furnishing G.O.R. with plots in advance of the latest co-ordinates issued from Brigade.   
                        
                     Strength on 31.7.40  7 Officers  274 Other Ranks.   
         
                                 
                                 

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Re: Anti-Aircraft Battery (166) Fort Borstal
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2014, 14:02:45 »
The really interesting bits are still to come!  :)

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Re: Anti-Aircraft Battery (166) Fort Borstal
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2014, 14:01:16 »
Very interesting :)

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Re: Anti-Aircraft Battery (166) Fort Borstal
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2014, 17:17:37 »
   Rochester      January               
         6.1.1940            2nd Lieut. G.M. Barrett promoted Lieutenant   
         7.1.1940            1 gunner posted from 358/65 A/T Regiment RA   
         8.1.1940            1 gunner posted from 119th Field Regiment RA   
         11.1.1940      1215      Alert   
               1240      GS9 engaged 1 hostile plane (Heinkel III) flying E to N of position height 25500ft. 4 rounds fired.  No hits observed   
                     GS7 observed twenty to thirty bursts but were unable to pick up any hostile plane.   
         12.1.1940      1115      Alert and alarm.   
                     1 hostile plane (Heinkell III) flying east seen and engaged by GS7 and GS9 at height of 25500ft.  GS7 fired 4 rounds GS9 fired 8 rounds.     
                     GS9 observed 4 of their bursts as very close to hostile plane.   
                     1 gunner posted from 231/114 field Regiment RA.   
                     1 gunner discharged under para 383 (XVI)(a) Kings Regs.   
         15.1.1940            2 Lieut J. J. Shelton posted to 28 AA Bde as L.O.   
         28.1.1940            1 Gunnery re posted from D Battery 205 A.A. Training Regiment. RA.   
         29.1.1940      1716      Alert   
               1717      Alarm aircraft identified as hostile by Navy but not seen by gun sites   
               1755      Alarm cancelled.   
         29.1.1940            Really severe weather.  Heavy falls of snow and heavy frosts.   
         31.1.1940            Difficulty was experienced in reaching gun sites.  Rations were carried to GS7 by Troops.   
                     Many alerts and alarms were received during month.   
                     Strength at 31.1.1940 9 Officers 302 other ranks.   
                        
   Rochester      February               
         2.2.1940            1OR discharged under Para 383 (Y)(A) KR. 1935 having made a mistatement as to age on enlistment.   
         5.2.1940            Lieut. S. F. G. Bird started course at Biggin Hill.   
         8.2.1940            Brigadier i/e adminsitration AA command visited GS9   
         10.2.1940            8 Ors posted to 82nd AA Regt. RA for services overseas   
         10.2.1940            Lieut. J. M. Barrett returned from wireless course at Watchet.   
         11.2.1940            8 Ors posted from 82nd AA Regt. RA   
         13.2.1940            1 Segt + 2 Ors posted to 82nd AA Regt RA for services overseas.  1 Segt + 2 Ors posted from 82nd AA Regt RA.    
         24.2.1940            Lieut Bird returned from course at Biggin hill   
         26.2.1940            Electric rammer fitted to No.1 Gun at GS9   
                     2/Lieut R. J. C. Plumpt** + 2/Lieut P. Rickett posted to this battery with effect from 22/2/40   
         27.2.1940            Lieut G. M. Barrett posted to 42nd AA Bde RA   
         28.2.1940            Electric rammer fitted to No.2 Gun GS9   
         29.2.1940            Major Gen Goocher, Office Commanding Chatham Area visted GS9   
                     Electric rammer was fitted to No.3 Gun GS9   
                        
                     During this month many alerts + alarms were received but not hostile aircraft seen.   
                     Strength as at 29th Feb 1940 Officers 10 Ors 302   
                        
   Strood      March               
         02/03/1940            14 O.Rs relegated to class W(T) TA Reserve   
                     3 O.Rs relegated to class W R.A. Reserve   
         3.3.1940      1440      Lock head Hudson seen by both GS 7 + 9 flying at approx 5300ft NW   
                     3 friendly fighters were seen to attack.  M.G. fire was heard + then plane was seen on fire, finally crashing in R.08.   
         9.3.1940            1 O.R. transferred from 5th Battn The Buffs.   
         12.3.1940            1 O.R. relegated to class W(T) TA Reserve.   
         15.3.1940            All ammunition at GS 7 + 9 was inspected by C.I.A. Whitehall + T.O.O. 6 AA Div   
         22.3.1940            1 O.R. relegated to class W(T) TA Reserve.   
         29.3.1940            1 O.R. relegated to class W(T) TA Reserve   
                     1 O.R. relegated to class W R.A. Reserve   
         28.3.1940            2/Lt G. Armitage attached to R.H.Q. 55 Regt as Orderly Officer   
                        
                     Numerous alarms + alerts were received during the month many of which led to action.   
                     Battery strength on 31.3.40 Officers 10 O.R.280   
                        
   Strood      April               
         1.4.1940            1 OR posted from 162/54 AA Regt. RA   
         5.4.1940            2Lt R. J. Plump*** posted to 82 AA Regt RA   
         15.4.1940            1 T.S.M. 8 Ors posted to 211 AA Training Regt to form part of Operational Cache from 55 AA Regt. RA   
                     Capt R. F. P. Sutton and Lt S. F. G. Bird posted to 211 AA Training Regt (Officer of 55 AA Regt Cache)   
                     1 OR posted to 41st Survey Training Regiment RA   
                     1 OR relegated to class (W) Royal Army Reserve   
         27.4.1940      1650      GOR reported Junker 88 due north.  Not seen by either site but sound plot of unidentified plane passed to GOR   
         30.4.1940            2 Ors posted from 308/55 Battery RA   
                     2 Ors posted from RHQ 55 AA Regt RA   
                     1 OR posted from 163/55 Battery RA   
                        
                     Numerous alerts and alarms were broadcast from GOR during month none of which led to action.   
                        
                     Strength on 30/4/1940 7 Officers 267 Ors   

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Re: Anti-Aircraft Battery (166) Fort Borstal
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2014, 20:36:00 »
   166 (City of Rochester) A.A. Battery R.A.                        
   55 (Kent) AA Regt. R.A.                        
                            
   Rochester      22/08/1939      1930      Received code "Byng requires the Keys"   
          24/08/1939      1347      Received code "Pl*nner requires all posts filled immediately"   
          25/08/1939      0900      90% of strength reported at Gun sites   
          01/09/1939             ????????   
          03/09/1939             War Declared   
          04/09/1939      0253      Alarm Stand by for action   
                 0328      Message 3 Hostile unknowns   
                 0332      Message 3 Hostile   
                 0400      All clear no enemy aircraft seen   
          06/09/1939      0642      Alert guns manned   
                 0732      Oak Street (Gun Station S9) opened fire ib 6 bombers 4 rounds fired.  No hits registered.  One round was fired as warning.  No recognition Signals given.   
                 0735      Ceased fire machines disappeared NW   
                 0901      All clear   
                            
   Rochester      October                 
          1 to 11d             All quiet   
          12th      2000      Warned by G.O.R. to be especially alert from now onwards   
          13 to 16             All quiet   
          17      1100      Fort Borstal (Gun Station S7) report alert   
                 1101      Alert cancelled.  3 doubtful planes identified as friendly.   
                 1130      Alert   
                 1255      Alert cancelled   
                 1340      Alert   
                 1346      Alarm   
                 1348      Patrol *3 Blenheims sighted N.E.   
                 1400      Message enemy raid engaged by 6 fighters   
                 1457      All clear   
          19      1330      Oak Street (S5.S9) report alert   
                 1339      Alert cancelled   
                 1731      Alert   
                 1732      Alert cancelled   
                 1734      Alert   
                 1735      Alert cancelled   
          20      1110      S9 report alert   
                 1125      Alarm   
                 1134      Alarm cancelled alert maintained   
                 1136      Alert cancelled   
                 1342      Alert   
                 1347      Alarm   
                 1358      Alert and alarm cancelled   
                 1437      Alert   
                 1450      Alert cancelled   
          21      1247      Alert   
                 1305      Alert cancelled   
                 1320      Alert and alarm   
                 1342      Alarm cancelled   
                 1420      Alert cancelled   
                 1722      Alert   
                 1727      Alert cancelled   
                 2105      Alert   
                 2115      Alarm.  Doubtful raids at 6200 W   
                 2137      Spitfire patrol seen circling over S7 showing all lights   
                 2150      Alarm cancelled   
                 2207      Alert cancelled   
                 2215 to 2230      S7 report used searchlight co operation as chance to drill from detachments and heigh fingers on illuminated plane.   
          22      1030      Alert   
                 1037      Alert cancelled   
                 1202      Alert   
                 1228      Alarm. S7 report doubtful raids plotted off S.E. Coast   
                 1250      All clear   
          23      1010      Alert   
                 1026      Alert cancelled   
                 2145      Alert   
                  2148      Alarm   
                 2201      Alarm canceleed   
                 2213      Alert   
                 2214      Alarm   
                 2222      S7 reported flash in sky in R S9 to G.O.R. on being asked.   
                 2225      All clear   
          24      1100      S9 reports alaram   
                 1102      Alarm cancelled   
                 1530      Alert   
                 1531      Alarm   
                 1534      Alert and alarm cancelled   
                 2120      Alert   
                 2123      Alert cancelled   
                 2150      Alert   
                 2153      Alert cancelled.     
          25      1815      S7 report alarm   
                 1817      Alarm cancelled   
                 2146      Alert   
                 2156      Alert cancelled   
          26      1809      Alarm   
                 1817      Alarm cancelled   
          27 to 29             All quiet   
          30      0805      Dountful unknown S.1000   
                 0820      Alert   
                 0830      Alarm Hostile 10000   
                 0840      Alarm cancelled remain at alert   
                  0910      Alarm doubtful west 15000   
                 0926      S7 reported to G.O.R. planes overhead above clouds.   
                 0930      G.O.R reported planes to be friendly   
                 1005      Cancel alarm remain at alert   
                  1022      Cancel alert   
          31      1255      Alert   
                 1310      Alert cancelled   
                            
   Rochester      November                 
          07/11/1939             1 Sergeant (P S9) posted to 41st Survey Training Regiment.   
          08/11/1939             36 *mma***es posted from 113 Field Regiment RA   
                        4 *mma***Es posted from 119 Field Regiment RA   
          13/11/1939             25 Militia posted from 205 AA Training Regiment RA   
          20/11/1939      1201      Alarm received from G.O.R.   
                        Guns tation S7 opened fire on a hostile plane (Heinkel III) at a height of 23500ft.  8 rounds fired but no hits obtained.   
                        When first seen machine was emitting a while smoke tail.   
                        Gun Station S9 reported seeing same plane but did not open fire as it was out of range.   
          22/11/1939             I *mma***e disembodied until 1-9-40   
          24/11/1939      20.42      Alarm received from G.O.R.   
                        ***** in action engaging a hostile plane in Thames Estuary were seen and heard from both sites.   
          27/11/1939             1HO ***** III posted from 307 AA Battery RA   
                        5 *mma****es posted from 59 Light A A Regiment RA   
          28/11/1939             12 *mma***es posted from 69th Medium Regiment RA   
          29/11/1939             1 Militiaman admitted to Hospital and struck off strength   
          30/11/1939             I Gunner discharged under para 38 3 XVI (A) K Rs 1935   
                            
                        There were several alarms and alerts during minth but nothing came of them.   
                            
                        Strength of unit 30/11/39.  10 Officers 297 other ranks.   
                            
   Rochester      December                 
          04/12/1939             1 Gunner struck off strength after 21 days in hospital   
          06/12/1939             Battery HQ moved from Fort Borstal to Lynwood House, Woodsock Road, Strood, Kent.   
          07/12/1939      0830      No.1 Gun (S9) out of ation intensifier cracked and leaking   
          08/12/1939             I Gunner discharded KR para 383 (V) (a)   
          10/12/1939             No.1 Gun (S9) in action   
                        3 Gunners posted to 166 from 308 AA Battery RA   
          16/12/1939      1136      Alarm   
                 1142      Alarm cancelled.  Doubtful planes identified as friendly   
                 1515      S9 predictor out of action ******* Spring in clock broken   
                 1835      S9 predictor in action   
          20/12/1939             1 Segt (*S9) posted to 131 Officer Cadet Training regiment RA   
          26/12/1939             6AA Division opreational instruction No14 (Operational Intelligence) received   
          27/12/1939             S9 reported plane seen as a Dornier 17 unable to obtain confirmation   
                        1 Gunner taken on strength again (0. 1/c RA Records CN/TA/A1 22/12/39)   
                            
                        Many alerts and alarms were received but none proved to be hostile.   
                            
                        Strength of Battery.  10 Officers 300 other ranks.   

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Re: Anti-Aircraft Battery (166) Fort Borstal
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2010, 21:50:04 »
The detatchment of a 3.7 inch anti-aircraft gun at Fort Borstal carry out gun drill during an inspection in 1944.
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Re: Anti-Aircraft Battery (166) Fort Borstal
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2009, 08:46:09 »
Borstal had four 4.5-inch AA guns during WWII.

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Anti-Aircraft Battery (166) Fort Borstal
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2009, 08:49:55 »
The path with the two rails in my photograph was constructed to supply ammunition to the AA gun emplacements.

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