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    Default Re: RAF Yatesbury Watch Office


    RAF Yatesbury West Camp.

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    Default Re: RAF Yatesbury Watch Office

    May be NP can answer this one, YA prefix sounds like a local works number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PETERTHEEATER View Post
    I can't give a definitive answer but I think that it is likely that the original Watch Office (WW1?) was in Bldg 5 and a later more practical Control Tower (Watch Office) built later probably pre WW2. Is there a date on that RSP?
    The drawing number for the RSP shown is 4552/45

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    Default Re: RAF Yatesbury Watch Office

    It certainly sounds like it.

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    I have mixed feelings about Yatesbury. I was sent there in 1959 as a candidate for some kind of selection board where I was asked what I knew about thermionic valves. 'Who? Me Sir? I'm a plumber but don't do hot water!' Transpired they were selecting armament tradesmen for guided missile maintenance. But, I digress. My memory of Yatesbury for that weeks stay is that it was bleak and one of the coldest places on the planet. Timber huts with coke stoves but no coke fuel. Miles from nowhere so nowhere to go. No beer in the NAAFI due to kegs iced up!

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    Default Light AA emplacement at Yatesbury???

    Hi all

    Its been a long time but I have another question for the forum - and again it is associated with Yatesbury but this time on a Second World War site that I am about to survey with the Wiltshire Archaeology Field Group. The only information I have is a report which states it is a WW2 observation post - however the leader of the local history society believes it is a gun post and from an initial look I think it might be a light AA gun emplacement with associated shelter. It is on the ridge above the airfield.

    Please see the photos attached and if anyone has any ideas that would be great. The airfield does have a number of pillboxes as airfield defences but I d love to know about this type of defence.

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    Default Re: Light AA emplacement at Yatesbury???

    Yep its a LAA post, part of the airfield defenses. You not got my book Dan?

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    Hi Paul - Yes I have but cant remember seeing anything on this type of defence - but baby induced insomnia may be affecting me.....Il have a look again but any info would be good. However, this one is unusual as it is dug into a Bronze Age barrow.....
    Got some good finds from Septembers fieldwork on the First World airfield - Il post some photos soon,
    Best wishes

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    Default Re: Light AA emplacement at Yatesbury???

    yatesburyAA.jpgIs it this mound to the north of the airfield, I saw it on my last visit but the crops were too young to walk out to it?

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    Default Re: Light AA emplacement at Yatesbury???

    hi

    no - isnt that one of the pillboxes? - i think there are 5 around the airfield... This is on the old Bath road up on the ridge that goes from the Gallops (near Beckhampton) to the White horse. There was also a searchlight in the village - so lots of airfield defences...

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