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    Quote Originally Posted by Able Mabel View Post
    Believe such a type was located at the bomb store at RAF Binbrook of which I took some photos.
    The bomb store pill-boxes are at the end beyond the Expansion design, an additional open 4-bay storage was added and it is at this area where such pill-boxes are found.
    Thanks for the quick reply, like to see the photos sometime if possible. The one at North Weald that the plan was based on was reinforced so an exterior photo was not possible. Did you notice if the roof was lined with corrugated iron sheeting, presumably used as shuttering:


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    Quote Originally Posted by norwichpaul View Post
    The thickened walls are full height and support a thickened roof, I suspect that key sites only were thickened.
    The five reinforced boxes at North Weald, while having full height wall thickening, did not have any reinforcement of their roofs.

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    Is this one at Binbrook the same?

    http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=53.45....8&r=0&src=msl

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    That example is 'on top' of the orignal dump, it being below ground level, as there are(?) other examples down in the dump itself.
    I'l try and dig out the photos . . .

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    Alec it was a general statement by me. Interesting about the NW examples, I had not even noticed that. Though I suspect not all were thickened there, only a few.

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    This pillbox at RAF Biggin Hill has a non standard mount behind the embrasures (see pic). Any ideas? Possibly for a Lewis gun?

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    Your pic shows a vertical tubular support into which the pintle of a gun mounting could be located to allow traverse, elevation and depression. I agree, probably for a Lewis but the actual adapter to attach to the gun was probably locally manufactured to suit available weapons so even a Vickers K or similar is likley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airfields man View Post




    I saw this one at Smallburgh as I drove along the A149 from the Ludham area [Norfolk] towards North Walsham.
    That is a WW1 era pillbox. There are very few surviving, several of which are in Norfolk.

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    Some Dove stop line pillboxes ( I know they aren't airfield defence but seemed to fit better in this thread than elsewhere!)

    PILLBOX: S0006015 (description for this one is incorrectly allocated to S0007321...which doesn't actually exist)


    It has been sealed internally as well as externally.


    Missed out one (PILLBOX: S0006014) on my walk as it was surrounded by cows .......
    ......but did take a couple of shots of PILLBOX: S0006015




    A couple more from the Dove stop line:

    The one I didn't photograph last week due to a severe cow infestation. DoB: S0006014


    DoB: S0006012


    DoB: S0006011


    and a bonus for concrete lovers...one that isn't in the DoB
    Last edited by tigger; 22-06-2012 at 08:57. Reason: updated image links

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    A couple more in the Uttoxeter area:
    DoB: S0006016




    DoB: S0006017


    Last edited by tigger; 22-06-2012 at 09:03. Reason: updated image links

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