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Author Topic: Farthingloe 3.7" HAA Battery, Dover  (Read 3160 times)
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« on: January 08, 2012, 19:48:23 PM »

Situated to the west of the Citadel at Dover, this HAA site was built to house four 3.7" AA weapons. Originally there were four mobile guns sited here at the outbreak of WWII, but by 1941 they had been replaced by static units. Accommodation for the personnel was provided by six barrack huts and other buildings built slightly to the east of the gun site, and many foundations and wall remnants of these can be seen today. But the most impressive remains are, as you would expect, of the gun positions themselves - although suffering badly from the attentions of local yobs, the magazines retain their original WWII tally boards for the ammunition and fuses. There's also plenty of WWII graffiti and sketches on the walls too - well worth looking out for!

Photographs below - the first is an aerial shot taken by the RAF in May 1942, clearly showing the individual gun sites and the predictor station. Also obvious is the perimeter of the site - today, the eastern aspect of this line can still be traced, including the defended entrances. The second picture purports to show Farthingloe HAA site in 1944, although I certainly can't vouch for it.

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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2012, 08:28:57 AM »

Do you have a plan of this battery John? I've drawn a blank searching the NA Catalogue & EH Archives sites for one.  Sad

Some pics from a visit this past weekend:

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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2012, 08:33:55 AM »

A few more pics:

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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2012, 08:43:23 AM »

Do you have a plan of this battery John? I've drawn a blank searching the NA Catalogue & EH Archives sites for one.  Sad

Unfortunately not - I live in hopes that one will surface one day in the various War Diaries of the units involved. 
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2012, 09:41:20 AM »

A few pics from my visit with cliveh recently..

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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2012, 09:29:34 AM »

Pedroblanc's father mentions an ammunition dump at Lydden. Dose anyone know where ? Lived in Lydden for many years as a boy but never heard of it or saw any evidence
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2012, 20:10:35 PM »

Halfway up Lydden Hill, on the left. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2014, 10:38:41 AM »

A coule of aerial views from the 1946 RAF survey:

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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2016, 12:25:41 PM »

John, re your picture '051' above. A few years back at the WHPS AGM we had a guest speaker highlighting various earthworks used on the Western Heights, one of which is still used by todays military, believed to have been developed in Dover during WWII, no recorded surviving earthworks of this type apparently remain, Upon visiting the Farthingloe HAA site my father and I both agreed that we had found at least two of these between the HAA battery and the Camp, your picture appears to show this design.
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« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2017, 10:12:33 AM »

While GoogleEarthing the battery I notice what appeared to be two further 'batteries' just to the west of the above. Diver batteries are are the only thing I can think of?


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« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2017, 17:23:55 PM »

From the Defence of Britain Database:

"Description: Site of heavy anti aircraft (Diver) battery near Great Farthingloe. It was armed with four 90mm mobile guns. It formed part of the Dover Diver Section from 20th July 1944, when it was manned by the 126 American Mobile Anti Aircraft Battalion.The available aerial photographs which cover this area have been examined as part of the South East Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey NMP (Component 2), and there was no visible sign of the site at this location"

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« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2017, 08:07:38 AM »

Thanks Clive, looks like that's it.
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