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Re: Fletchers Battery Warden, Isle of Sheppey
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2009, 23:38:32 »
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Re: Fletchers Battery Warden, Isle of Sheppey
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2009, 23:07:17 »
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Re: Fletchers Battery Warden, Isle of Sheppey
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2009, 21:33:06 »
 ??? from a previous post ???


An e-mail I recived from RAF Air Defence Radar Museum after an enquiry I made.


"Thanks for your E-mail on the above subject at Warden Point.    
The site was chosen for an Army coast defence (CD) radar in early 1941, to reinforce the radar defences against the expected German seaborne invasion.    
The Royal Air Force had already adapted some of the Army radar once the equipment had demonstrated that it could detect low-flying aircraft as well as ships.    
The title CHL was added to the radars acquired by the RAF, they then being known as CD/CHL stations.  By the autumn of 1940 the Army had identified 135 CD sites covering possible invasion beaches, and gave them the ?M? prefix which became standard for the 1.5 metre CD/CHL sites.  Not all of the 135 sites found by the end of 1940 were intended for immediate development, only 90 were considered for immediate construction, with the highest priority being given to those sites facing the enemy, M1 ? M16 on the south coast.  
With a manning state of 23 men (including 9 guards) per site these 16 sites were commissioned before May 1941.

By the end of 1942 the RAF had taken over the responsibility for coast watching radars and used some of the CD sites to fill gaps in its own schedule of CHL stations, with the result that only 38 of the CD ?M? sites would need to be completed.  
By the end of May 1941 Warden Point (M69) was under construction.  
However, by 1 November 1941 none of the CD stations listed as Temporary status (including Warden Point) were operating and for various reasons it was unlikely that any of them were actually provided with radars.

By 1942 the RAF inventory of radars took on a new turn when centimetric equipments became available, of better performance than the previous metric radars.   The line up for CD/CHL  sites was the 16 operational on the south coast (M1 ? M16), a further ten planned for Triple Service developments, and 34 sites in the former army chain apparently in limbo.

In short, it looks like Warden Point was put under construction but never finished.  "


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Re: Fletchers Battery Warden, Isle of Sheppey
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2009, 21:18:19 »
My understanding was that Warden Point C.H.L. station was built in 1940/41 at the same time as Fletcher Battery was re-armed to allow the counter bombardment role against E-Boat threat in the estuary as part of the daytime role of the battery. In January 1944 the battery became a night time long range battery and this required radar modifications at Warden Point.

I'm sure this will be in Kyns documents from the archives.

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Re: Fletchers Battery Warden, Isle of Sheppey
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2009, 18:31:32 »
It says RDF Warden Point was designated M146 and active ???

Covering the inner waters of the Thames estuary, its dated 23 May 43 (i think?)
Maybe they did get a radar ???
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Re: Fletchers Battery Warden, Isle of Sheppey
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Re: Fletchers Battery Warden, Isle of Sheppey
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2009, 11:01:17 »
Fletchers Battery, courtesy of Hogg and IWM:

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Re: Fletchers Battery Warden, Isle of Sheppey
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Re: Fletchers Battery Warden, Isle of Sheppey
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2008, 17:36:51 »
Im pretty sure this is acurate ;)

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Re: Fletchers Battery Warden, Isle of Sheppey
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2008, 15:31:21 »
Just a bit of idea as to how the area has changed :)  Using Kyns pic :D



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Re: Fletchers Battery Warden, Isle of Sheppey
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Fletchers Battery Warden, Isle of Sheppey
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2008, 15:33:05 »
Victorian gun battery adapted for WWII with and extra 2 gun emplacements added to the original 2. Altogether 7 machine gun positions inside circular pill boxes.  1 large magazine remaining although sealed with most of the battery reamining but sealed or buried.  At the entrance road you can find the remains of the billets with one building converted into a bungalow.
























 

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