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Offline JohnG

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Re: 127th AAA Battery
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2010, 21:03:08 »
rwiltbank.  I have a bundle of photographs of 127 AAA on the cliffs above Dover. I was given them by one of the Americans.  They are not very good with lots of marks on them and they are brown and white.  They are interesting but I have not scanned them due to their poor quality, quite a few 127 AAA men shown and the old huts and hangars of the old airfield that once occupied the Swingate site.  JohnG

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Re: 127th AAA Battery
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2010, 19:17:57 »
All,
Thanks for the pictures, maps, etc.  My father served in 127th AAA, Battery A, as the loader on Gun #2. I'd love to see any additional info or images that any of you might have. I'm trying to put together a memorial on his service during the war , which I hope to present to my Mother and family on Dec 31 2010, the 15th anniversary of his death. Thanks for any help you can give!
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Re: 127th AAA Battery
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2010, 23:35:58 »
Back in the 1980's I did quite a few drawings and battery planes, it is all information that I hope will be used.  Back in the 1980's we did not have PC's and scanners, this also meant there was no way of finding out who was also interested in the same things as you, no Kent History Forum.  The Forum is really good at bringing people together who have similar interests.  With my computer I can upload pictures to photobucket but can not then add them to replies, I have to go to another computer to do that which is a pain, my wife complains if I go off for too long.  Keep up the good work. JohnG.

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Re: 127th AAA Battery
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2010, 09:48:55 »
Just a point AAA = Anti Aircraft Artillery not American AA.  The term is still used now in USAF  & RAF normally referred to as tripleA

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Re: 127th AAA Battery
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2010, 21:15:37 »
When the 127 AAA Association decided they wanted to errect the mamorial to British and American gunners killed on the White Cliffs of Dover, I do not know quite how but I was involved in organising this project.  It was very interesting and I met a lot of people, I was given AAA histories and photographs, I see many of these photographs on this site.  I did the first drawing showing the position of 127 AAA guns.  Because of my involvement in this other AAA Associations contacted me wanting to find the sites they were positioned at during the Diver Operation.  I received papers from: 127, 125, 120. 
; These American guns were installed from Dungeness through to Deal trying to shoot down 'buzz-bombs' as they called them.  I will try and add photographs soon, I have to go to another computer to do this.
Some of 127 AAA personnel were stationed in the old WWI airfield buildings behind Langdon Battery.  I hope this may be of interest to some of you.  JohnG

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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2010, 10:57:04 »
Men of the 127th taking cover in an open trench shelter behind their accomodation blocks at Swingate during a shelling raid.

 
The two huts seen in the background were originally accomodation blocks for the Royal Flying Corps who used the Swingate site as an airfield during the first world war.

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Re: 127th AAA Battery
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2010, 18:11:54 »
AAA was the US Army abbreviation for Anti Aircraft Artillery.
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Re: 127th AAA Battery
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2010, 17:15:30 »
An American ack-ack section brought in shortly after D-Day to combat the V-1flying bombs, eventually there were over 1900 guns set up between Dover Brighton.

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Re: 127th AAA Battery
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2010, 17:00:26 »
Two men of 'B' battery, 127th AAA corps at Langdon showing the visiting Press how its done.

Are they Americans manning the gun?  Looks like US style helmet and combat jacket to me (but I admit I don't know much about WW2 uniforms.)
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Re: 127th AAA Battery
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2010, 15:23:54 »
Two men of 'B' battery, 127th AAA corps at Langdon showing the visiting Press how its done.



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127th AAA Battery
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2010, 16:06:16 »
American type584 radar at the Langdon battery site.

The 127th AAA corps (American anti aircraft) arrived at Dover during the early hours of 4th August 1944 after a three day long journey from Leek. They brought with them 90mm guns, quadruple machine guns, radar vans and there own power plants.
They were stationed at the Langdon hole site to to form a part of a defensive line to counter the V1 flying bombs. Using the advanced type584 radar in conjuncton with their 90mm guns they achieved a very high sucess rate against the V1s.

 

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