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War Diary - 521 Coast Regiment RA - 1941
« on: March 31, 2011, 09:23:38 am »
Transcription from the 1941 War Diary of 521 Coast Regiment. As the original is handwritten rather than typed, there may be a couple of errors in my 'translation', and one name in particular I have emphasised with a question mark as I'm not sure..

War Diary, 521 Coast Regiment RA - April 1941

Seaford - 1st - 0730. Enemy A/c dropped two bombs in Broad St, Seaford, eight people being slightly injured. One exploded damaging shops and buildings and the other failed to explode.

Seaford and Newhaven - 3rd - 0645. An enemy bomber identified as a Junkers 88 approaching Seaford from the west circled over Seaford the town and was engaged by the Lewis guns of 343 Coast Bty RA. The bomber turned westwards and dropped bombs to the north of Newhaven and was later engaged by two hurricanes which returned at 0705 hrs after having shot down the Ju 88.

7th - 2005. Three or four unknown ships about seven miles to south of Newhaven were observed.

8th - 2324. Incendiary bombs were dropped in the Seaford area on Bgs of 285 degrees and 310 degrees & from the Bty at Seaford fires were seen.

Seaford - 9th. One enemy A/c dropped a bomb to the east of Seaford and was later engaged by No1 lewis Gun of 343 Coast Bty.

Seaford - 10th - 2230. Four bombs were dropped on the eastern outskirts of Seaford Bg 110 degrees from 343 Coast Bty. No casualties were reported. The enemy bomber was subsequently brought down to the north of the town map ref 924198.

Newhaven - 16th - 2135. An exceptionally large number of enemy A/c passed over this section of the coast and numerous flares were dropped at sea between Bgs of 120 degrees and 230 degrees. HE and incendiary bombs were dropped near PEACEHAVEN and some fires were started, but were quickly under control.

Newhaven - 16th - 2210. large numbers of incendiary bombs were dropped between SEAFORD and DENTON CORNER and fires started, which were extinguished by midnight.

Seahaven - 17th - 0340. One enemy A/C flying south machine-gunned the Seaford Head area.

Newhaven - 17th - 1000. The CCRA and GE 4th Corps visited the fort.

Gayles Farm(?) - 17th - 1700. No 11 COD CD/CHL set commenced to operate. Works by RAOC personnel completed and installations handed over by IFC South Eastern Command to OC 521 Coast Regiment RA.

Peacehaven - 17th - 1800. 12th COD CD/CHL set commenced to operate, and installations were handed over to OC 521 Coast Regiment RA. RAOC personnel completed work by 1300 hrs on 18/4/41.

Newhaven - 19th - 0435. Searchlights exposed for practice.

Newhaven - 19th - 2215. Three bombs fell in the sea Bg 170 degrees from 343 Coast Bty RA.

Newhaven - 19th - 2230. Incendiary bombs caused fires on the cliffs to the west of Beachy Head Bg 120 degrees.

Seaford - 21st - 1620. The Corps Commander, CCRA and Fire Commander visited 343 Coast Bty RA.

Newhaven - 21st. 2/Lieut V. Peck RA was posted to Cent. Ord. Depot, Corsham, Wilts pending transfer to the RAOC.

Newhaven - 21st - 1140. The Divisional Commander visited Newhaven Fort.

Newhaven - 28th. Lister 22KW generator 60/9234/38/4/29A received from OIC RE Stores was mounted in West Beach engine room.

Newhaven - 31st - 0500. The new BOP was completed and personnel moved in.
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2011, 15:17:05 pm »
Gayles Fm could well be right as it is where Friston Airfield was and was the HQ for the station
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2011, 15:49:29 pm »
One battery was sited at the junction of Claremont rd and Marine Parade Seaford with the rangefinders on the balcony of adjacent Buckle Court now a residential home  http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=seaford&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Seaford,+East+Sussex,+United+Kingdom&gl=uk&ll=50.775986,0.086507&spn=0,0.002347&z=19&layer=c&cbll=50.775823,0.086825&panoid=w4GC0U5ch6Md8-6lIG5LXg&cbp=12,69.41,,0,-9.46. A german map for 1942 shows they identified road blocks and several stonpoints there but not the battery. A number of anti tank cylinders remain just further along built into the white garden wall of the bungalow at the corner of Buckle dr/Marine Parade
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Re: War Diary - 521 Coast Regiment RA - 1941
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2011, 18:53:59 pm »
May 1941.

Newhaven - 7th - 0242. Verey Lights seen in the sky about 160 degrees soon after a burning plane was seen flying Eastwards. Fell into the sea at 127 degrees. Two R.A.F. crash boats went out at 0309 hrs and 0358 hrs. Later reported wreckage of British plane found off BIRLING GAP. No survivors.

11th - 0042. Five bombs were dropped S.E. of BISHOPSTONE village.

0215. An unidentified plane flying uncertainly over 343 Coast Bty. R.A. fell into the sea, Bg 160 degrees. Red distress signals were sent up.

0505. Four bombs were dropped in BISHOPSTONE village and two in SEAFORD. No damage and no casualties.

14th - 1600. Trinity House Vessel "ANDRE BLONDELL" laid two buoys, conical green marked "WRECK" in white letters, one Bg. 140 degrees from B.O.P. Range 2875x, the other 146 degrees Range 1950x

Newhaven - 15th - 1636. 2 German planes dropped 6 bombs near M.L. 144 which was approaching the harbour. A few minutes later 6 bombs of a heavy nature were dropped near BISHOPSTONE.

1642. A further stick of bombs was dropped near M.L. 144 Bg. 170 degrees Range 3500x. Enemy aircraft were engaged by ground defences and black smoke poured out from the port engine of one plane.

Gayles - 21st - 2230. A small rubber balloon attached to a cable was found at GAYLES FARM. Attached to the cable about three yards from the balloon was a small broken accumulator and a battery fixed by two small black elastic bands. Twenty small cylinders one inch long and half an inch in diameter were also attached. The balloon was handed over to an officer who handed it over to the R.A.F.
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