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Hornchurch 01 Aug 2009 14:22 #1

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I thought we had a thread n Hornchurch but I couldn't find it.

Location satellite view with runways marked on.

A few photos;

Officers Mess, now a doctors surgery;


Officers Mess Entrance


The Good Intent Pub

Road sign showing other old airfield names

Fighter Pen

Fighter Pen Air Raid Shelter


Tett Turret



Memorial

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Hornchurch 01 Aug 2009 15:22 #2

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Nice little intro, thanks Richard!

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Hornchurch 10 Jun 2010 08:25 #3

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Hornchurch 10 Jun 2010 09:42 #4

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Thanks Martin, I have managed to relate it's location to a post-war (just) aerial photo and it would appear to be just to the north of the northernmost hangar and just outside the perimeter track. Possibly a LAA position but small at around 6 feet (2m) in diameter. More likely a defence position such as a prefab pillbox.

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Hornchurch 27 Jun 2010 22:10 #5

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In the childrens playground

A pillbox

which can be found here http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=51.542634&lon=0.215373&z=18.9&r=0&src="msl "

Another pillbox

which can be found here http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=51.535637&lon=0.21392&z=19.6&r=0&src="msl "

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Hornchurch 27 Jun 2010 22:33 #6

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Hornchurch 01 Aug 2010 19:18 #7

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Hi, Newbie here but I have some info I think you might find interesting.
A while ago I got hold of a copy of a 1942 plan of the airfield on 2 A3 photocopies. I started to CAD it up after scanning into AutoCAD but never finished it before having fairly major computer problems. I still have the files on my old computer and when I transfer them to my new machine I will carry on with CADing them up. Also on the plan is the usual listing (over 200 buildings) with such Ministry drawing refs as I could decipher. I have reproduced the list in an excel file which I am happy to share with anyone interested.
I suppose my long-term aim is to compile a collection of Ministry drawings, building type photos etc to build up as complete a view of the airfield as I can and I would appreciate your help/advice as to the best way to achieve this. As an aside I can point you to or provide a copy of a LIDAR survey of parts of the airfield although it is not highest definition.

Cheers all,

Mike

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Hornchurch 01 Aug 2010 20:15 #8

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The Tett Turret worries me. It looks like you are virtually stuck inside already six feet below! All it would take is one potato masher popped into the top.

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Hornchurch 03 Aug 2010 20:24 #9

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PNK, suppose you could say the same about many defensive buildings. If a grenade were to go off inside the building (and you were not protected by a blast wall) the explosion would be magnified/contained. Know what you mean about the Tett having an open top though.

Mike

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Hornchurch 04 Aug 2010 08:38 #10

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Modern versions of the pillbox were built with a 'sump' in a corner which fed into a sloping pipe underground. The idea was that if a grenade dropped through an embrasure, the occupant(s) would kick it into the sump and it would roll down the pipe and detonate harmlessly undergound.

That's why I invented the two second fuze:)

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