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    Had a guided site visit on Tuesday 27th July. Got to see the entire site, we even went over to the Airfield site.




    Officers mess.











    Ops Block





    MT section


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    Ammunition Store









    All the original barrack blocks still survive.



    This is on the side of one of them.







    Then over to the Airfield, here still stands these, A Dutch barn


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    Peri Track



    Airfield site today



    Date stamped fusing point






    Earth banks in a very over grown area nearby which we think was the Bomb dump



    In the woods beside the camp is the old railway, this is the platform built in the run up to D Day to replace the earlier base Station. Any idea as to what the small shed was used for.



    Remembering its earlier past.




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    I was really lucky in that i was allowed full access to the site. We had Colonel Tutt and Royal Air Force Group Montellier showing us around. Group Captain Montellier has done the site history on RAF Wittering and has a keen interest in the history of Worthy Down. He has got the site plans from Hendon and has these as well as the two crests outside his office.
    Thanks must go to all who allowed me on site.
    I've more pictures and will post these up in the near future.

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    About a year ago I had an eMail from Worthy Down. It was from a secretary there enquiring if I minded them using material from the website in a history of the airfield they were hoping to prepare.

    I got the impression that it was to be a private circulation kind of thing.

    Anyway I replied saying "You're welcome " but have never heard any more.

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    I have recently been undertaking a bit of exploring here and have located 20 of the listed 25 pillboxes on the airfield and its surrounding area. There are two rare Pickett Hamiltons still present on the landing ground. I attended the proposed BBMF flypast last week but this got cancelled due to low cloud and wind.
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    Default Pickett Hamilton Fort Worthy Down

    Some recent shots of the above listed fort at the former Worthy Down airfield Hampshire. It is listed as it is one of the rare counterbalance type.













    There is also another fort here but it is not accessible, unless you take a spade


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    Default Re: Pickett Hamilton Fort Worthy Down

    To be honest I cant work out how if lifts. I would assume the mechanism for this has been removed ?

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    Default Re: Pickett Hamilton Fort Worthy Down

    I would not think so. Once inside the occupants would manually lift the inner section up into place and lock (?) it. Counterbalance weights reduced the effort required. Would have been steel cables running over pulleys so probably corroded to death by now.

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