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TOPIC: Admiralty Point (Air to Ground Range)

Admiralty Point (Air to Ground Range) 19 Mar 2016 18:44 #1

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Already in existence in 1943 it is not known when this range actually opened. It was certainly used by the US Army Air Force but other users have not been confirmed. In January 1945 it was recorded as having a wooden barge which was 70 ft long by 20 ft beam for use as a strafing and dive bombing target. No mention was made of how it was marked but it was located at TF 56961 26463 and was provided with a danger radius of 1,000 yards.

By May 1945 range details excluded the barge target and only showed the 4 10 foot screen targets which were probably the original targets and used as well as or instead of the barge when the latter was in place and still a viable target. A markers shelter was also provided and as this was outside the firing danger area it is likely it was of the unprotected type which was a brick built pitched roof building.

The range was listed as abandoned in 1946 and was de-requisitioned later that year. The range area was later included in plans for a larger Breast Sands range post war but for various reasons this scheme was abandoned.

The original target area was on the salt marsh North of Ongar Hill but most of this area was reclaimed post war and is now farming land. No sign of the range is thought to exist today.

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