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TOPIC: Andover - No.131 Signals Unit.

Andover - No.131 Signals Unit. 09 Jun 2014 20:20 #1

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Looking for the precise location of 'RAF Andover', 90 Group, No.131 Signals Unit.

Described in 1955 as an MF/DF station in standard timber building, plus timber guard and rest hut. There was a brick and concrete engine house with 8 HP Blackstone generator.

It was near Penton Grafton, 4.5m west of Andover, and from the description could be '1 mile away' from the village.

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Andover - No.131 Signals Unit. 10 Jun 2014 21:07 #2

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Old maps start to show a small enclosure with a couple of buildings from c. 1940, just NW of Penton Mewsey and SE of Horse Croft Copse. Gone from the maps by c. 1970. I wonder if this is the site?

Somewhere near NGR SU 325 478

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Andover - No.131 Signals Unit. 11 Jun 2014 06:41 #3

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Andover - No.131 Signals Unit. 11 Jun 2014 10:33 #4

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That site was my guess too, but it's less than half a mile from the village centre - doesn't fit in with 'a mile away'.

Couldn't find anything else.

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Andover - No.131 Signals Unit. 11 Jun 2014 14:25 #5

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Pity there's no visual confirmation. 1 mile or half a mile. As you know records are often wrong. The most common, in my experience, is giving the incorrect direction, west instead of east and east instead of west! Rarely a north/south error. The US Army records for UK WW2 usually record incorrect distances of a site from a well known village or town or perhaps they didn't use the centre of the town as the base!
Anyway, one of our radio/signals posters will surely confirm very soon when they spot the thread.

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Andover - No.131 Signals Unit. 14 Jun 2014 20:12 #6

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I have spoken to someone who lives in Penton and they have confirmed the location we suspected. More info to follow.

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Andover - No.131 Signals Unit. 04 Jul 2014 19:08 #7

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Information received from local resident Rod Eggington:

I can confirm that your location of the station is correct... The station was built in the late 1930s and there were four wooden masts and a couple of wooden huts, one had a brick blast wall built around it, about a metre out. There was also a large Nissan Hut, and a Brick Generator shed.

My Father ran the M/T section at RAF Andover - it was his job to maintain the generator. The Station was on high ground and could be seen from the Control Tower at RAF Andover about a mile away. I can remember seeing RAF lorries entering the site , I would think it closed about 1952-54. This is when the masts came down.

In later years it was used by local teenagers who had a skiffle group to practice, then two or three families lived in the huts. The farmer then used it to keep pigs in. The base was broken up in the 1980s.

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Andover - No.131 Signals Unit. 04 Jul 2014 21:26 #8

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Excellent Dave - another tick in the box !

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Andover - No.131 Signals Unit. 05 Jul 2014 07:49 #9

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Thanks Dave. I have visions of the wartime occupants complaining "This place isn't fit for pigs to live in" but it seems that, post-war, the standard changed:)

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