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PETERTHEEATER
30-09-2009, 10:01
A long time ago I came across a reference to 'Igloo' huts being used at Longparish RAD.

I had always assumed that 'igloo' was another name for the Quonset hut but it is time for clarification.

Many modern military munitions storage buildings are referred to as 'igloos' by the users but I assumed that was a USAF crossover term due to NATO influence.

I had a quick look on the web and found this site which purports to show WW2 surplus 'igloos' still in daily use:

http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/locations/igloosfv.htm

It's time to clarify the term 'igloo' as related to WW2 use and any association with the Quonset so, over to you.

Carnaby
30-09-2009, 11:38
A long time ago I came across a reference to 'Igloo' huts being used at Longparish RAD..... It's time to clarify the term 'igloo' as related to WW2 use and any association with the Quonset so, over to you.

That reference may have been mine, which I suspect came from AIR2/10710 - No.42 Group History 1939-1945; storage and distribution of explosives (1952).
A useful document, however I suspect written like other similar pieces on the basis of "Now that the war's over we'd better give you something else to do - how about producing 5,000 words on this subject -you time starts now"

I can't remember ever finding any details of the device - I have plans of the Reserve Ammunition Depot at 202MU Longparish, but they are very poor quality and most of the text is illegible. As 202MU was an RAF depot I suspect the huts are not related to the Quonset.

Have just found this vital reference, DSIR4/840 - Notes on the construction of Igloo Shelters (Feb 1942).

Totally different are:

AIR 17/116 - Suitability of standard igloo storage buildings for holding Tornado conventional weapons stocks (1977)
WO 186/283 - Blast and projections from model igloo explosives storehouses (1976)

Sadly no trips to TNA are planned in the near future.

Graham

PETERTHEEATER
01-10-2009, 09:00
Thanks Graham,

Good to see that you have found a firm reference; it confirms that there was indeed such a structure. Perhaps it was another cheap and cheerful job to offset the shortage of Nissens.

I regret that I too have no plans to be visiting TNA in the near future. One day all of their records may be available on-line.

Carnaby
02-10-2009, 18:37
See also this link (http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?t=3329) for a picture.

Graham

Richard Drew
02-10-2009, 18:42
Is there a location for Longparish, I have had a look but cannot find anything?

Carnaby
02-10-2009, 22:36
Is there a location for Longparish, I have had a look but cannot find anything?

It was an enormous site (initially 40,000 tons - a lot more around D-Day) in and around Harewood Forest. Tech. site and Admin was here (http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=51.18378175641314&lon=-1.4135241508483887&gz=16&oz=8&gt=1)

Graham

Richard Drew
03-10-2009, 08:08
Many years ago I helped move Avon Fiberglass, if you were a motorbike feened twenty five years ago you would remember their fairings for motorbikes and they made the small AA boxes and all sorts of things, well they went bankrupt for the umpteenth time and moved to a new site in Harewood Forest & I have always said I must go & have a look around there. All I can remember was a jumble of factory units and thats all. So another trip out soon. A nice trip out Micheldever Station fuel depot, Harewood forest, Popham services for lunch. Thank you.

http://aatherton05.home.insightbb.com/Fairing/Avonaire.html (http://aatherton05.home.insightbb.com/Fairing/Avonaire.html)

PETERTHEEATER
03-10-2009, 08:34
Carnaby, Revisiting your 2008 post, I now recall the picture of what is assumed to be an 'igloo'. Yes, it certainly does look like an Anderson shelter and somewhat like a Stanton too, but it is unique and, if the door height is taken as 6 feet, not that big internally. Perhaps that was intentional to conserve on corrugated steel sheeting??