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Re: Farthingloe HAA Battery, near Dover
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2010, 12:50:48 »
Not as good as yours, delboy, but here's the 1946 AP:


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Re: Farthingloe HAA Battery, near Dover
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2010, 20:49:34 »
There has been a lot of clearance work up there lately, and you can see the foundations of many of these buildings

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Re: Farthingloe HAA Battery, near Dover
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2010, 14:31:50 »
That's a cracking photo delboy, makes it easy to compare the site to how it is today.
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Re: Farthingloe HAA Battery, near Dover
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2010, 12:59:50 »
a RAF photo May 6 1942 showing gunsite and adjacent camp, delboy

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Farthingloe HAA Battery, near Dover
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2010, 14:27:41 »
  unfairytale ,Here is an extract from the CRLU history, my brother-in-laws unit, who were attchd to South coast gunsites with their radar. delboy
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2010, 09:46:02 »
Static 3.7" guns at Fathingloe.


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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2009, 13:38:27 »
On May 10th 1940 D6 and D7 were abandoned and the four guns returned to Farthingloe although the codes, D6 and D7 were used again from 1942 for different new sites.
 
On June the 13th these mobile guns at farthingloe were replaced by new static 3.7" ones, the mobile ones being sent to D4 Buckland. This took all day as there were only two tow trucks available. The Gun Laying station (radar) was also installed at Farthingloe on this day. The radar could predict the arrival of hostile aircraft providing accurate ranges and bearings but not the height. this information was sent directly to the gun operations room and also to the AA ops. room under Dover castle

 The Radar equipment was so secret even the Battery officers were banned from entering the cabins. Only the operators were allowed inside and they were sworn to secrecy.
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2009, 22:39:29 »
The first AA guns destined for Farthingloe arrived in Dover on September 4th 1939; a batch of eight brand-new 3.7" mobile guns to be devided between itself and Wanstone. The planned static 3.7" guns were in short supply.
  After first towing the guns along the Folkestone road they then had to be dragged up the narrow track to the proposed site. The tow trucks only managed the first thirty yards as the hill was much too steep.
   On the way to the site the C.O. had noticed a pair of ploughing engines working in a field so he sent a vehicle back and commandeered one of them, had it driven to Farthingloe where it winched the guns up the hill. Each gun weighed 9.5 tons.
  After all this they discovered that the gate to the site had been locked by the local farmer but this was easily remedied by the first truck driving straight through.
  This site in common with the other four Dover HAA sites was green-field with sandbag protected emplacements and control room, tented accomodation and bucket latrines. It was a year before any concrete structure was built on the site although for half of that time it stood unmanned as it's guns  and personnel were split and sent to D6 and D7. Hawkshill Down and Sandown.
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2009, 21:49:23 »

Command Post personnel, 233 Bty. 75th HAA Regiment, Royal Artillery (T.A.)
Farthingloe (D1) Summer 1940.
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2009, 17:23:56 »
Here's some pics from me:












 

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