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    Default Re: Consul Firewatcher's Shelter

    There are actually two on the factory roof at Hooton, one visible from the Wirral Way side, one above the offices.

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    Default Re: Consul Firewatcher's Shelter

    Do you mean the former ROF 10 factory Hooton or the airfield?

    EDIT: Just realised that you are referring to the former ROF site as per your Post # 4 in this thread.
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    Interesting the claim of the Consul being 'bullet & splinter proof'. According to my late father's RE recce pocket book, issued in 1944, the thickness of mild steel required for protection against ...'armour piercing 7.92mm ammunition or splinters from 100lb bombs bursting not less than 30 feet away'... was 1.75 inches, which would have made the Consul almost unmoveable.
    So who do you trust when the action begins; the salesman or the RE - ?

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    Fair point there Simon, but if bombs were dropping on the factory then all is lost but if incendiaries are falling onto the factory then all is not lost and early warning of such devices is vital. That is all the consol shelter could do, protect the fire watcher. Its the same with 'protected' airfield buildings, the floors and roofs were nominally fire proof (Smith floors) for example in sergeants messes etc, the protection is always for fire never bombs. But yes always trust the RE, never the advertisment.

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    The Consul Firewathchers Shelter at Elvington - 9 May 2009




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    But yes always trust the RE, never the advertisment. And the information boards at certain museums!

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    And of course Paul, as the above information notice illustrates, one very common error that REALLY bugs me is when folk, especially those who should know better, refer to bomb & shell splinters as SHRAPNEL - !

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    Default Re: Consul Firewatcher's Shelter

    Paradoxically, I think the shape of the Consul would give it good resistance to the effects of shrapnel shell!

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    Provided the occupant was wearing a VERY good set of ear defenders - !

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    Default Re: Consul Firewatcher's Shelter

    In the 'Then and Now' blitz volumes there is mention of one of these and pics. A few years ago ( prob 80s) one was removed from a garden in Walthamstow...how cool to have had one of them in your garden!! :0)

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