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Richard Flagg
21-04-2010, 11:27
RAF High Street is located to the north of Darsham on the A144. There is two parts of the site and I was allowed to photograph the site adjacent to the A144, I don't know if it was the Receiver or the Transmitter site. Could anyone help with further info as google brings up very little.

The bit circled in red is where the photos are taken. The bit in green is used for storing fireworks and is a secure site with no access.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/High%20Street/HighStreet.jpg

And a few photos;

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http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/High%20Street/20100223HighStreet1-1.jpg

2 -
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/High%20Street/20100223HighStreet22-1.jpg

3 -
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/High%20Street/20100223HighStreet9-1.jpg

4 -
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/High%20Street/20100223HighStreet18-1.jpg

5 -
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/High%20Street/20100223HighStreet14-1.jpg

6 -
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/High%20Street/20100223HighStreet4-1.jpg

7 -
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/High%20Street/20100223HighStreet6-1.jpg

8 -
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/High%20Street/20100223HighStreet2-1.jpg

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http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SUFFOLK/High%20Street/20100223HighStreet25-1.jpg

P Bellamy
21-04-2010, 13:48
The northern site was the transmitter array with four towers in line, transmitting on a bearing of about 100.
The southern site was the receiver array with it's four towers arranged in a rough square around the bunker.

Both sites had their own Buried Reserve bunker and tower, which were situated in the fields to the east, adjacent to each array. Both reserves seem to be extant in the current GE images, hidden in small clumps of trees.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/ramc181/RAFHighSt.jpg

Both buried reserve sites seem to have had their towers removed by the time of the 1940s-50s photo above, the four footings for the Tx Reserve tower are clearly visible though.

All the best,
PB

Carnaby
21-04-2010, 14:10
According to Dobinson, High Street had a Mobile Reserve Unit here (http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=52.28893754930815&lon=1.5526177341803977&gz=17&oz=9&gt=1) (423716), called Hinton, although the name refers to an area a mile or so to the north-east.

Graham

Richard Flagg
21-04-2010, 14:26
Thanks guys, I'll check out the buried reserve bunkers next time I'm over there. I will also look at Hinton but it doesn't look like there is much left there now.

markontheradar
25-04-2010, 14:21
the Rx buried reserve was flooded when i checked it out 2 years ago

PETERTHEEATER
11-09-2010, 06:57
This site is currently used for 'firework storage'

http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=52.289569482090364&lon=1.5285909175872803&gz=17&oz=7&gt=1

This is what it looked like in Dec 1945

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l366/PRACHUAP/HighStreetCH.jpg

Thanks to Google Earth 1945 rollback!

tarkey
11-09-2010, 20:20
If I am correct the Gate House is still in good conditiona and still used. I was shown this by Gordon Kinsey a while back.

jimdumo
12-06-2012, 20:55
My father (Albert Dumouchelle) served at the Darshan RAF Radar Station as a member of the RCAF from 1943-1945 . I am doing some research on his service activities and would love some more information concerning the base.

All the pictures are visible and are a great addition to the ones I have already collected.

If I may asked another question, does anyone know where I can get information on the activities at Darsham from 1943 to 1945 when my father served at the site? Personnel listings, site commander, activity logs etc. etc.

Any leads would be of interest.

Kev Lloyd-Jones
13-06-2012, 12:56
My father (Albert Dumouchelle) served at the Darshan RAF Radar Station as a member of the RCAF from 1943-1945 . I am doing some research on his service activities and would love some more information concerning the base.

All the pictures are visible and are a great addition to the ones I have already collected.

If I may asked another question, does anyone know where I can get information on the activities at Darsham from 1943 to 1945 when my father served at the site? Personnel listings, site commander, activity logs etc. etc.

Any leads would be of interest.

Hi there Jim,
I am currently putting together a website covering the ROTOR project, which included as part of ROTOR 1 the re-activation of 15 of the Chain Home sites from World War II. RAF High Street was one of these Stations and was listed as No. 430 Signals Unit in the 1950s.If you paste the following link http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/displaycataloguedetails.asp?CATLN=6&CATID=5033690&j=1 into browser it will take you to the record in the National Archivescalled AIR 29/1955 which is the Operational records Book for 430 Signals Unit. For earlier records pertaining to the unit during World War II, you could conduct a search on the National Archives Webiste for Darsham, ticking the box for Armed Services, which would return all the records associated with this unit. Hope this helps and happy Hunting.

Regards Kev Lloyd-Jones

dis36
06-11-2012, 01:15
Hi all , Visited these sites on sunday and was told of a tunnel connected the two sites , anyone know of this or know of such tunnels at these sites ??

Another Number
06-11-2012, 09:15
Sadly not true I'm afraid.

do you have any photos from your visit?

Welcome to AiX too.

Richard Flagg
08-11-2012, 08:44
Oddly I went to High Street a few weeks ago, wanted to find the pillboxes. Sadly the gate was locked on the southern receiver site as I'd still like to have a look around it.

SimonGee
08-11-2012, 21:20
I have some photos of the High Street pbs taken about ten years ago, which show the prefabricated armour walls on the top of some to protect the AA posts, plus a shot of the ring of bolts for the AA holdfast. I'll dig them up and scan / forward for all to view.:grin:

Richard Flagg
09-11-2012, 20:19
Sounds good Simon, look forward to seeing them

jimdumo
12-11-2012, 19:21
I can also confirm that there was not a tunnel between the receiving bunker and the transmission bunker. I have had several conversations with Bessie who served at the High Street station in WWII. While she spent most of her time in the receiving bunker as a radar operator, she also visited the transmission bunker several times. She described the entrance to the underground transmission bunker as a slopping ramp to the blast doors and then down a hallway to the equipment room. There was no tunnel between the 2 facilities. It would have been quite a project to do this and with the limited need to use the tunnel, it would seem impractical. My dad was a LAC at High Street responsible for the maintenance of the equipment. According to Bessie, they rarely needed his services in the receiving bunker but the transmission room required constant service.

jimdumo
12-11-2012, 19:25
I would also like to see any photos taken of the High Street station. I am doing a rersearch project on my dad's WWII service and would appreciate any additional information. Thanks

dis36
16-11-2012, 23:00
I would also like to see any photos taken of the High Street station. I am doing a rersearch project on my dad's WWII service and would appreciate any additional information. Thanks

Hi all Hopefully pics will be there this time! If you want to see pill boxes dont need to go through front gate , just walk round outside. Thanks for replies.

http://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p525/dis36/IMGP4974.jpg
http://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p525/dis36/IMGP4969.jpg
http://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p525/dis36/IMGP4957.jpg
http://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p525/dis36/IMGP4955.jpg

dis36
16-11-2012, 23:02
And in case your wondering it was lets say raining hard hence foggy pics !!

jimdumo
18-11-2012, 23:38
And in case your wondering it was lets say raining hard hence foggy pics !!

Thanks for the pictures. Do not recognize the third picture of the building with the sliding door and what appears to be a secondary wall. Any ideas as to what this building was used as?

dis36
18-11-2012, 23:44
I think it is the Receiver ( RX) block

P Bellamy
19-11-2012, 00:09
Yes, it is the Receiver Block, minus some of its outer blast wall and banking.

jimdumo
19-11-2012, 17:31
Many thanks for the clarification. I will forward the picture to Bessie. I do not believe she has this one and since she spent her service time in the receiver building I am sure she would love to have it.

DEANO3528
15-12-2012, 14:28
I found an interesting article on this site and Dunwich Heath

http://www.dunwichmuseum.org.uk/reslib/PDF/20120123112009Radar%20at%20Dunwich11.pdf

jimdumo
17-03-2013, 16:52
I have completed my research project into my father's service during WWII as an RCAF and RAF radar technician. He served at High Street in Suffolk England and at Bell Lake NS Canada. Anyone wanting a PDF version of this document is requested to contact me at jimdumo@yahoo.com

marka12
09-04-2013, 16:37
RX buried reserve was full of water and easily found,not sure about the Tx one which was outside the Tx comound to the NE (ish)

marka12
09-04-2013, 16:39
no tunnel between the sites,the locals merely mistook the large cable duct for a site to site tunnel

dis36
15-04-2013, 22:30
no tunnel between the sites,the locals merely mistook the large cable duct for a site to site tunnel
Thanks, it was the manhole in the field which was pointed out to me, which i assume was the cable duct.

julian foynes
08-09-2013, 16:52
Well done for those who put the photos on...very interesting--the buildings and equipment look totally standard for East Coast CH station.

on the tunnels point. There were none at any CH sta. to my knowledge. But the buried cabling ducts were very numerous, and, between them, carried 11 KV mains cable onto T site, 230 V power around and between sites, and phone cables onto sites, around them, and out again--and in addition there were water pipes.
I have 2 original Air Ministry plans for Gt Bromley which show these in detail--and High St was very similar.

I would just recommend the Nat Archives (AVIA 7, AIR 26) and RAF Museum collections for research on these stations--and not depending on websites other than the best established, such as this one! Unfortunately quite a lot of misinformation is accumulating online about 1930s/40s radar stations, with one website repeating another.

PNK
08-09-2013, 20:15
Spooky, I had just come across an entry in AIR 29/2424 about clearing a small site on "the now abandoned airfield" at Darsham (High St). I was going to follow up on this and the post above trigged my curiosity. It turns out to be the "airfield" site! It just shows that you have to check primary sources as well otherwise I would be posting about an unknown airfield.

The site was checked in June 1955 by 6219 (BD) Flt [Incident No. 1624].

jimdumo
09-09-2013, 21:30
Well done for those who put the photos on...very interesting--the buildings and equipment look totally standard for East Coast CH station.

on the tunnels point. There were none at any CH sta. to my knowledge. But the buried cabling ducts were very numerous, and, between them, carried 11 KV mains cable onto T site, 230 V power around and between sites, and phone cables onto sites, around them, and out again--and in addition there were water pipes.
I have 2 original Air Ministry plans for Gt Bromley which show these in detail--and High St was very similar.

I would just recommend the Nat Archives (AVIA 7, AIR 26) and RAF Museum collections for research on these stations--and not depending on websites other than the best established, such as this one! Unfortunately quite a lot of misinformation is accumulating online about 1930s/40s radar stations, with one website repeating another.

Julian,

Great info about the conduits. Wished I had known about them when I wrote about my Dad's service at High Street (see earlier posts). I would have certainly included this tidbit of information. Thanks

marka12
07-02-2014, 22:44
Sorry I meant the ducts going into the block.

I have seen an underground feature at ottercopps moss which isn't identifiable as well as a surviving bricklined channel at skaw going from the Rx block to the mast bases.I know on the west coast the power lines were usually on the surface but am unsure with the east coast ones

jimdumo
26-02-2014, 18:59
Julian,

Great info about the conduits. Wished I had known about them when I wrote about my Dad's service at High Street (see earlier posts). I would have certainly included this tidbit of information. Thanks


Julian, Is there any way that I could receive a copy of the plans you cited in your response. I am going to visit the High Street site in June and the plans would help me as I look for these conduits. My email address is jimdumo@yahoo.com

Thank you Jim Dumouchelle