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Offline doug

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Re: Radar Station kingsgate
« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2014, 19:45:53 »
Scopie the boss found out you were having to much fun in the fleshpots of Deal. Also when you lot were at Manston it kept me busy repairing the damage. My contract did not take in Deal.

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« Reply #24 on: February 22, 2014, 19:26:11 »
Couple more sites for radar in Thanet during WW2 and these are RAF units not Army. North Foreland. T2 and T54  [tr 398 693]
Ramsgate  CD/ CHL T9 Mk2 [Big Ben] which I think was an attempt at tracking V.2 rockets and a T12 Set.

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« Reply #23 on: February 24, 2013, 19:47:52 »
When I started this research I approached the 2 museums at Manston for further information, and neither of them said they had anything. Might be worth another try, as there seems to be very little documented evidence on this site. I did a search yesterday on 1950s images of Palm Bay, and found the photograph below.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/16810493@N06/5433561893/in/photostream/

You can see in the background the Type 54 radar on its 200ft mast to the right, and on the left the emergency exit and moist air vent for the R2 bunker.
 

the picture is set to private :(
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Re: Radar Station kingsgate
« Reply #22 on: October 01, 2011, 20:54:16 »
The building was underground with a 200 foot tower.

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« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2011, 20:41:25 »
Thank you JohnG I am sure this will be found useful  :)

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« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2011, 20:32:11 »
I hope this plan will help position the Foreness CHEL Radar Station.


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« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2011, 00:18:56 »
I've been told it was, but very little to back that up, one old fella did tell me that there were some tunnels there a long time ago before the pumping station was built.

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« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2011, 22:04:33 »
Was RAF Foreness ever underground, as a single level Updated radar station, what showed above the ground level in the 1950s was more than enough for a single level. Most of the two level stations were new build. 

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« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2011, 21:51:50 »
Laleham school for some reason had a Canberra fuselage section in the school field sometime, probably late 1970s early 1980s, dont krow why. no military connection with the site at that time.

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« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2011, 19:26:59 »
squadrons based at Manston 1944/45/46. sqn 197/ 183/ 137/ 605/ 819/ 848/143/ 119/ 616/501/ 855/ 504/ 274/ 80/ 197/ 263/ 193/ 266/ 124/ 118/229/   1945.  sqn 91/ 26/ 63/ 406/ 1/ 310/ 312/ 313/ 822/ 29/ 175/ 567/
1946. sqn 567/180.

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« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2011, 23:22:12 »
Thanks Doug
That would account for me being taken by step-mum to watch a radar control room in action,
can anyone point me in te right direction I would like to know what Squadrons were stationed at Manston 1944/5/6
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if easier
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« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2011, 18:08:09 »
Laleham gap school i think was used by an auxillary air force unit[reserve] as such was probably parented by Manston.

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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2011, 23:58:37 »
sorry i have been away, thanks for the answers proves i am not as batty as i thought.  I do have another question relating to a WAAF/RAF building that I remember in Northdown Park Road, it is now Laleham Gap School did this have any connection to Manston or the Radar?
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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2011, 09:07:36 »
Doug,
       The request was sent by e-mail early last year, and I looked at them yesterday to check the reply I received. Anyway would there be any chance of getting copies of the photographs, so I could place them on the website? I was actually stationed at Manston myself in 1987 while I was serving at Ash. On my arrival at Ash we were accomodated at the former RM barracks at Deal, which was a great hoot, and we were not happy when we told we had to move to Manston. I think the move was instigated by the Station Commander (Wg Cdr) at the time, so he could have more personnel under his charge. I ended up doing nearly 30 years as a Aerospace Systems Manager (Radar Operator), and have spent a vast majority of that underground at former ROTOR Radar stations. I still look at my short time at Ash as one of my best postings, pity they did not keep the place open.

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« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2011, 18:55:11 »
Scopie do not know when you visited the RAF Manston History museum but we have had a section on local radar stations for some time,nearly all the east Kent RADAR stations were at one time or another parented by Manston,we have at least six photos of Foreness on display.

 

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