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    Default What is this? (on and around the VHB tower at Lakenheath)

    First;
    On the roof of the VHB Tower



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    In front of the tower, infront of the signals square


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    Default Re: What is this? (on and around the VHB tower at Lakenheath)

    The handle is the crank to a hoist, possibly to lift a heavy object to the top of the tower.

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    Default Re: What is this? (on and around the VHB tower at Lakenheath)

    Did you get a pic from the front?
    Some towers due to their location use remote cameras to look at dispersals which are hidden from eye point. On the tower will be a receiver unit and control box, and from the back it looks like that. The mounting looks a bit overboard, but wondering if it is for azimuth and height adjustment reasons.

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    Re the signals square. It dates from the original VHB era that started 1944 although Lakenheath was only completed in 1947. It is said that the square was built over the site of the WW2 tower.

    Whereabouts in relation to the tower was the circular pit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeO
    Re the signals square. It dates from the original VHB era that started 1944 although Lakenheath was only completed in 1947. It is said that the square was built over the site of the WW2 tower.

    Whereabouts in relation to the tower was the circular pit?
    Hi Mike

    The circular pit can be seen infront of the signal square in the photo above, which is infront of the VHB Tower. I thought it might have been a defensive position but it seems to be an odd place for it to be.

    The chap who was with us said the old Tower was just to the north of the VHB Tower, about here;
    http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.40...20&r=0&src=msl

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    Default Re: What is this? (on and around the VHB tower at Lakenheath)

    Hello Richard,

    I worked at the tower 1949/50 and I don't think there was anything like that circular pit there at the time. Not sure that takes us very far but it looks as if something was intended was intended to rotate there. Suggests armament of some kind.

    Re the old tower being to the north; in my time there was a VHF D/F homer north of the tower that could have been of an earlier vintage than VHB.

    Mike

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    Default Re: What is this? (on and around the VHB tower at Lakenheath)

    I'v only just come across this, but there was light machine gun emplacement called a 'Motley Stalk', two of which are at Templeton, and it looks similar to the round concrete ring in your pic - could it be that?
    Does anyone here know anything about this Motley Stalk?

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    Default Re: What is this? (on and around the VHB tower at Lakenheath)

    There is a photo of a Motley Stalk here

    Can anyone identify the airfield in the link above?

    Motley Stalk has got to be something ex Monty Python, or from The meaning of Liff.

    E.g. BANFF (adj.) Pertaining to, or descriptive of, that kind of facial expression which is impossible to achieve except when having a passport photograph taken.

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    Default Re: What is this? (on and around the VHB tower at Lakenheath)

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeO
    Hello Richard,

    I worked at the tower 1949/50 and I don't think there was anything like that circular pit there at the time. Not sure that takes us very far but it looks as if something was intended was intended to rotate there. Suggests armament of some kind.

    Re the old tower being to the north; in my time there was a VHF D/F homer north of the tower that could have been of an earlier vintage than VHB.

    Mike
    The circular pit is constructed with large concrete manhole rings, the groove in the top is for another ring to sit on. I have been past there a few times when I was working on the base but haven't really taken too much notice but from the look of the rings i'd say that they date from the mid to late eighties. I see that they have put a new road in now as you used to have to drive on the perimeter track, remember being on there one day side by side with an SP Eagle on his way to RIAT.

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