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    Quote Originally Posted by PNK View Post
    There are quite a few observation posts around and some do have a quadrant shelter look about them. I didn't think any were used for spotting naval gunfire though, merely to watch comings and goings.
    We were told that the ones near Loth were for that purpose. There are just the two or three, for general observation there would be many more spaced out more.

    Invergordon was quite an important RN base between the wars so they would have been out on on exercises quite often.

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    Second one is probably one. I think is the one by the Chain Home station.

    http://her.highland.gov.uk/SingleRes...x?uid=MHG34562

    This has a better description

    http://her.highland.gov.uk/SingleRes...x?uid=MHG53801

    I thought some of mine were there but will have another look later.

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    Default Re: Nice arrows

    Another arrow here!

    http://goo.gl/maps/qB2pl

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    Default Re: Nice arrows

    That is the DA for the Trevallen Down Range used by the FAA. Survived due to it being on Army training area.

    PNK probably has more.

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    The FAA required a range for the move to Brawdy and came to an arrangement to use Castlemartin ranges in the early 1950's. Two ranges were laid out on the eastern side, one, which the arrow points to, was the air to groung gun an rocket range and the other, further east was a purely photographic target. The photographic target (referred to in documents as an ORS target) was a series of concentric circles and once the photo was examined it was possible to calculate, along with cockpit instrument readings, the range, dive angle and likelihood of a hit.

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    Hello! I'm a new poster, interested in the arrow near Baggy Point asked about by PeterTheEater in the first post here. Did you ever find out which range it served? Cheers.

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    The arrow in question was for the Morte Bay bombing range. The associated quadrant shelter is near it and I believe it may be intact. The photo below is, I believe its northern partner taken in 1963 as part of a beach survey by the Admiralty. I can't locate its postion with any certainty but would guess about half way along Woolacombe Warren. The concrete base would have supported a 10ft square building and may still be there covered by sand and whatever green stuff grows on sand.
    It was used by Coastal Command but I don't know which airfield controlled and therefore who used it. It was listed as "Relinquished" in 1945 but they may have been an intention rather than reality.



    Just checked Google Streetview and the extant quadrant was there when the van went past but it was boarded up. I wonder why it survived? A nice beach view hut - wonder if it is for sale?

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    Default Re: Nice arrows

    The Carse Bay Range Directional Arrow can now be seen in Google Earth 2009 view:



    Both Quadrant Shelters are also visible, one here and one 2400 yards north.

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    If it wasn't for the tell tale shadows it would be difficult to be certain they were quadrant shelters. The RCAHMS/TARA websites has aerial photos from 1946/1963 and 1988 as well.

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