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Kennack Sands 12 Jun 2018 17:39 #1

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I have had this range listed for quite a few years and knew nothing about it, apart from appearing in a 1945 list and on a 1945 danger area chart. Yesterday a took delivery of 50 wartime and early post war charts covering various parts of the UK and on one the target at Kennack Sands was revealed to be a yellow target. The chart shows a chart symbol implying it was probably a 6ft whaleback buoy which also implies that the target was for low level attacks. It may also be an incorrect use of the buoy symbol!

I have no idea where, or if, there were quadrants or ground signals nor do I know the users but I suspect Predannack may be a prime suspect.

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Kennack Sands 12 Jun 2018 21:06 #2

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I can't recall seeing anything range related around Kennack. There is a pillbox on the cliff behind the rocks that divide the beach into two. NGR SW 73663 16601 On the 1947 postcard from my collection there is something at the foot of the cliffs. I had thought it might have been a pontoon section for D-Day that got into difficulty and washed up or abandoned from practice on the beach, but you may recognise it as something range related. The only other suggestion I have is to look at Enys Head just a short way to the south where there looks to be the outline of the base of something on the stump of the headland and a small rectangular base on what I call the northernmost of the 3 fingers of the headland. NGR SW 72783 15021 I don't have any photos of it but it's clear to spot on Google Earth.

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Kennack Sands 12 Jun 2018 22:27 #3

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I did spot that pillbox and the feature on Enys Head but the pillbox was obviously a pillbox due to the shape. I suspect that any targets would have been removed as soon as the range was surplus as in some 1946 aerials targets can be seen beached in various harbours but if a direction arrow was present it may have lasted a few years before being obscured by vegetation - unless it was a wooden one above the ground. in which case it would be gone very quickly.

I did start looking at unit ORBs for when they were based at Predannack but they rarely mentioned practice firing/bombing let alone where this carried out. It was mainly filled with boring stuff like missions :)
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Kennack Sands 12 Jun 2018 22:38 #4

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The only thing I found arrow shaped on the cliffs above the beach were 2 man infantry slit trenches.

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