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Peter Kirk
13-09-2010, 20:10
Still hunting down extant remains of ranges and this one was a bit of a surprise.
I haven't got plans of Rye Bay range but have it listed as a Practice Bombing Range and an Air to Ground RP Range. I expected these to be out at sea and firing out to sea respectively so the arrow pointing inland was the surprise.

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It is loacted at, roughly, TR 00174 18077

PETERTHEEATER
14-09-2010, 09:05
Took me a while to find it. Good spotting!

Now to find the target......:)

Peter Kirk
14-09-2010, 12:26
TNA have plans of the air to ground range. I am planning a couple of trips one on maps only so I might include this.

On the Getmapping site (1940s) the coverage east of the arrow stops but to the NW there are some very strange marks that are vaguley arrow shaped.

PETERTHEEATER
15-09-2010, 07:41
It's just around the corner from the Lydd Army Ranges which the RAF used for explosives demolition in the mid 60's.

Peter Kirk
15-09-2010, 08:55
Where the target should have been (I think) looks to have been a triangular AFV or Tank training track and then a mock town built on top of it more recently.
There are also remains of tracked target railways further down.

Peter Kirk
17-03-2012, 20:54
I have renamed the thread LYDD as this is the correct name. It appears that there were two arrows with one further inland pointing SW. There was a proposal to set up a bombing and gunnery range off the shore at the Lydd ranges in 1933 but this was dropped by 1934. However there was an inland range used by the Air Ministry and this is probably what the arrows were for. It is unlikely that the ranges were used consistantly during the war as this would have interfered with Army training no to mention the fact that the enemy was only 25miles away.

PETERTHEEATER
18-03-2012, 07:10
So there were two separate DA's? The visible one being Army?

Peter Kirk
18-03-2012, 20:57
Both were the same size but looked (in 1946) a bit weathered. I am not aware of the Army using arrows. I wonder if the AAC did use them post war?
The DA in wth GE view was in place in 1941 so may be related to the known use pre-war.

PETERTHEEATER
19-03-2012, 07:51
The most eastern DA is visible (just) in Google Earth 2005 thru 2007. The area is subject to flooding so it is not visible in FlashEarh of Bing:

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l366/PRACHUAP/LyddRangeDAGE2005.jpg

Tip of the Arrow (pointing approx SW) is 50 55 38 50N; 0 50 55 86E

Peter Kirk
19-03-2012, 14:02
Splendid. I looked over the area but failed to spot it in the layer I was looking at. Pity you can't get access to the area.

PETERTHEEATER
20-03-2012, 04:04
If you could you would need a sub-aqua suit!