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This is an unusual memorial as it is not officially recognised.
but one I will be visiting again to pay my respects to our heroes.
The tragic story is here. [/URL]
Thany you for posting these photos up DG1 and the link to the story. Another tragic incident.
This relly is an unusual memorial and one that I had not heard about before. Thanks alot.
Thanks DG1. I recall hearing about this memorial some time ago elsewhere on the internet but had forgotten about it. Many thanks for the link and bringing it to our attention. An unusual and worthy little tribute.
Has anyone any photos of the Radar site on top of Bard hill Salthouse ? I have seen the photo of the tower after Lancaster LM720 hit it in 1945 but none of the rest of the site during the war. Any photos or information would be much appreciated.
Just found this site Subterranea Britannica, which gives more details of the radar at RAF Bard Hill.
Got the bit about the Lanc crash a bit wrong so I will let them know the facts.
I visited the site today, this was the first time i had done so and it was good to see that a reasonable amount still survive.
Hut bases nearby
Tarmac track facing towards the Radar site.
Very nice photographs Jason. In the disused church there is a memorial board [Hanging-up in the Toilet !!] well it was on my last visit about 2006/7. It's on the Norfolk memorial thread, page three, I'm sure..
For those of you that haven't seen it, here is my video on RAF Bard Hill:
I was fortunate enough to be joined by Ken Melbourne, who was stationed there a few years after the Second World War.
He brought with him some original photographs which I was allowed to use in the video.
The CHL operations block was the same building design as the remaining operations block at the site of former RAF Barrow Common at Brancaster Staithe.
Following the creation of the video, I have also created a RAF Bard Hill Facebook page:
More about the history and memories relating to Bard Hill and the village of Salthouse can be found at Val Fiddian's local history website:
Thanks for the update Chris.
Great video too.
One feature not included in Jason's photographs is the spigot mortar beside the blast walls, shown below (photo July 2015). Perhaps it has only recently been revealed?
Bard hill gets a mention in this months Holt Chronicle.
http://www.holtchronicle.co.uk/ (scroll down and click on the Pheasants, will open as pdf, story on page 22).
<The photograph in the book shows twelve German
prisoners of war, in a ‘team’ situation with six
seated and six standing behind. In the front row,
third from the left, is Kurt Dams, father of our very
own Caroline, editor of the Holt Chronicle. The
date is 1.12.46 and the location ‘Bard Hill’. This
was the site of the camp on the heath overlooking
the village of Salthouse.>
Apparently they were there to clear mines from the local beaches.
How did Kurt Dams, become father of Caroline, editor of the Holt Chronicle.
the story is here http://www.salthousehistory.co.uk/janette.html
Gives a great insight of family life during and after the second world war.
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