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Carnaby
16-04-2012, 17:41
Hmm, we definitely had a thread on this site and it's gone AWOL. I feel the need to resurrect it, if only for the next post.

Site is HERE (http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=52.16664739195291&lon=0.03303390791940336&gz=15&oz=4&gt=1)

Carnaby
16-04-2012, 17:49
One of 95 MU's subsites, Meldreth, was HERE (http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=52.08944444227594&lon=-0.016255889692793086&gz=15&oz=4&gt=1), extending north and north/east from this junction (http://g.co/maps/xk6v2)

The wide verged road, ideal for storage can be seen HERE (http://g.co/maps/kse8n)

Six linear type 'E' groups were arranged along the NE / SW Kneesworth Road and a further group along the N / S Dyers Green Road, totalling 3,900 sq feet of storage for incendiaries, pyro, SAA and bomb components.

Note: Bassingbourn's Drem circle crossed the road at TL 3553 44890, and the AM Kneesworth R/T & W/T station was at TL 3514 4461.

Source: RSP 7380/54.

Peter Kirk
16-04-2012, 18:17
Wasn't it mentioned in realtion to Mustard Gas?

PETERTHEEATER
17-04-2012, 05:19
Number 4 Forward Filling Depot (FFD) was located in the south of the 95 MU site.

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l366/PRACHUAP/LordsBridgeRAD1945.jpg

FFDs stored vessicants such as Mustard Gas and would have filled and distributed bombs to local airfields when commanded. Fortunately this never happened in anger.

Carnaby
17-04-2012, 10:07
Interestingly that very long straight white track running due west from the easternmost HE store is not shown on the 1944 RSP. Wonder why it was added?

Prior to the FFD, filled mustard bombs were stored in the Comberton / Marsh Close subsite HERE (http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=52.16631749850266&lon=0.020633904435932965&gz=17&oz=9&gt=1).

Some time after clearance in the 1950s, the ground was found to be heavily contaminated. An inspector from the Air Ministry was sent. His report (in TNA) states -'the site appears to have been used for storing chemical weapons...'. Didn't they warn him?

cambridge flyer
03-08-2012, 17:00
Noticed this little piece in the Cambridge evening news.

FROM THE NEWS,1987

The wartime mustard gas dump at Lord`s Bridge is to be investigated for contamination after dangerous levels were found at one of the six old sites.

Two underground tanks containing lethal mustard gas were sunk in 1944.

They were emptied in the 1950s and contents either burned or dumped at sea.

The tanks are still slightly contaminated with gas but this will eventually disappear.

It is now part of the University`s Mullard Radioscope Observatory and is often visited by nature lovers interested in wild orchids.

rotarypete
05-08-2012, 17:51
I remember visiting the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory in the early 1980's and we were warned by some of the scientists who were guiding us that not all of the bunkers had been cleared of munitions and they showed us a few ammo boxes with rounds in. From what I recall I think EOD were still working at the site on a part-time basis.

PETERTHEEATER
06-08-2012, 08:26
In Post # 5 Carnaby wrote:

Interestingly that very long straight white track running due west from the easternmost HE store is not shown on the 1944 RSP. Wonder why it was added?

Just saw it as I was reviewing the subject and realised that the track is shown because the 'Roads' layer was switched on in GE when I copied the 1945 imagery. It is shown because it is the linear track of a radio telescope array. It did not exist in WW2!