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Re: Chain Home Low Stations in Kent
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2014, 15:53:02 »
Jackey Bakers was probably a stand by site, and for the moment we can`t find any ref. maps for this site.
We do have a WD map for Quex Park, the radar lists puts has this down as a Standby for RAF Foreness. Map ref TR 314  687.
Ramsgate  CD/CHL  T9 mK.2 [BIG BEN] Was, I think, an attempt to track V.2. And a T 12 Set.  Sorry no paper work at all for this one.

Thanks for the information
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Re: Chain Home Low Stations in Kent
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2014, 18:41:00 »
Jackey Bakers was probably a stand by site, and for the moment we can`t find any ref. maps for this site.
We do have a WD map for Quex Park, the radar lists puts has this down as a Standby for RAF Foreness. Map ref TR 314  687.
Ramsgate  CD/CHL  T9 mK.2 [BIG BEN] Was, I think, an attempt to track V.2. And a T 12 Set.  Sorry no paper work at all for this one.


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Re: Chain Home Low Stations in Kent
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2014, 08:49:57 »
North Foreland and Foreness are different sites although quite close together. Foreness or RAF Foreness opened in 1939 and closed in 1958, North Foreland was of only WW2 duration, as was nearby St. Stephens College, and RAF Northdown.
Other Thanet radar sites were at Jackey Bakers and Ramsgate Westcliff.

Any more details on the Ramsgate Westcliff and Jacky Baker's sites ?

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Re: Chain Home Low Stations in Kent
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2014, 19:07:22 »
Dymchurch  map ref TR 078 311.  equipment  ICH T-1.
Hythe  Map ref TR 138 346.  equipment  T 12  T 13  T 16 and T24.

Interesting you mention Hythe Doug. Today, whilst at the Science Museum is spotted a CRT from a Type 16 from Hythe.

The writing on the label says " Radar T16 Hythe, one of the 5 FDP's covering Par De Calais, T16 was like T7 and CH doing its own height finding"

Andy
Metiri est cognoscere

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Re: Chain Home Low Stations in Kent
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2014, 19:32:20 »
Dymchurch  map ref TR 078 311.  equipment  ICH T-1.
Hythe  Map ref TR 138 346.  equipment  T 12  T 13  T 16 and T24.

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Re: Chain Home Low Stations in Kent
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2013, 15:30:43 »
There is a very clear series of ?hexagonal cropmarks visible below turf in the south-west corner of George VI Park on Google Earth (very useful). Is this the East Cliff M6 Chain Home? 

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Re: Chain Home Low Stations in Kent
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2010, 18:49:17 »
North Foreland and Foreness are different sites although quite close together. Foreness or RAF Foreness opened in 1939 and closed in 1958, North Foreland was of only WW2 duration, as was nearby St. Stephens College, and RAF Northdown.
Other Thanet radar sites were at Jackey Bakers and Ramsgate Westcliff.

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Re: Chain Home Low Stations in Kent
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2010, 11:12:00 »
Any known pics of k148 or drawings?

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Re: Chain Home Low Stations in Kent
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2010, 00:01:14 »
As far as I`m aware it was very close to the bottem of the zig zag path that leads down from the south west corner of the Battery, which would put it at roughly TR2431 3772.

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Re: Chain Home Low Stations in Kent
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2010, 00:55:09 »
Has any one got the grid reference for k148 Little Switzerland as we think it's the odd bit we've got on the battery.
Or any futher infomation on it

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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2009, 20:38:57 »
RAF Sandwich was one of the largest GCI stations with over 208 personnel, the remains of the station can still be seen today, with the base to the type 14 radar set still in place, the guardroom is still on site, some buildings are used by a vet, and the others by a garage. The station finally closed in 1958. From the late 1940s a replacement unit was being built at the village of Ash about 2 miles away. The Sandwich site was not suitable for underground bunkers. The Ash unit did not go into service and was used by the CAA until the RAF took the site back in the 1980s for the UKAGE system, this closed in the 1990s and the bunker was sold to AL Logic. The domestic site at Sandwich is still resonably intact, the guardroom is a cafe, and various buildings are in use by local firms. The medical centre is probably the largest building remaining. 

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Re: Chain Home Low Stations in Kent
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2009, 20:45:18 »
The isle of Thanet was a busy area during ww2 and you need to take into consideration the layout of the isle, one side is the Thames estuary the other side is the English channel. with  in a very short distance you had radar at RAF foreness, Kingsgate, St Stephens college north foreland, and RAF northdown, plus various radar for guns.  The last two sites are possibly part of operation fortitude during the run up to D-Day 

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Chain Home Low Stations in Kent
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2009, 23:58:14 »
Kyn,

Thanks for your info on CHL sites in the county. I have been recording WW2 sites in the former Whitstable Urban District and come across records for RAF Whitstable CHL Station. I have also managed to contact some former operating staff. Please check my website for an aerial image of the site.

Mark H

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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2008, 15:16:19 »
CHL stations were built to detect enemy aircraft heading towards our shores during WWII.  Some of these could be found:

East of Sheerness - Warden Point - M.146 radar
North Foreland - Foreness - M5/K5 radar
Ramsgate - East Cliff - M6 radar
Deal-Dover - Hawksdown - M.3 radar
                  South Foreland - K147 radar
                  Wanstone Farm - F540 radar
                  Fan Bay - NT284 radar
                  Langdon Battery - F519 radar
Dover-Folkestone - Lydden Spout - F520 radar
                          Abbots Cliff - B.P.X. radar
                          Little Switzerland - K148 radar
Hythe - Imperial Hotel GC - M4
Dymchurch - ? - ?
Dungeness - Old lighthouse - ?

(corrections welcome)

There is/was remains of a hexagonal roofless pillbox type building with cut-off steel aerial supports reamining at Abbots Cliff House.

These stations were also a target for the enemy with Foreness, Whitstable and Eastchurch being effected.

 

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