That type is/was quite common and on RSP's showed now earthworks. I don't know the official name. Also I can't seem to find examples! If I do I will post them.
Edit: Kenley had a few I think
Last edited by PNK; 10-10-2011 at 16:46. Reason: Sudden recall
Happy New Year Guys
Does anyone have any of the drawings of the various fighter pens, I am looking for copies of either 11070/40 or type A, would be most grateful for any help. regards Ranger
No chance, 11070/40 does not exist anymore - anywhere.
Just read the list of fighter pen sites and noticed that there is no mention of RAF Fairwood Common. The airfield had nine twin engine fighter pens (type B FCW4513 drawing No. 7151/41) of which 5 survive, while there were 6 single engine fighter pens (11070/40), of which possibly three are still extant, though heavily overgrown.pen4.jpg
Kenley & Fairwood Common details added to the audit post.
St Eval, Valley and Wrexham added as 'unknown'
Last edited by tigger; 18-04-2013 at 19:01.
Thanks for adding them Tigger, sorry I wish I had the knowledge to be more precise,
but going from vertical images:
Valley 6 twin engine & 6 single engine size A or B types
Wrexham 6 A or B
St Eval, 11 seen - possibly 12 twin engined, A or B types, plus smaller straight wall ('E'?) types. They don't show on the 1944 RSPs.
Valley and St Evals pens don't seem to have even lasted the duration of the war, being levelled with various runway and taxiway works, Wrexhams survived the war, but obviously the whole airfield has since been eradicated.
Llanbedr needs to be added as well, 6 twin engined fighter type A or B.
By the way is there an easy way of telling an A from a B in vertical images?
In fact is there a definitve guide (hopefully illustrated!) to different types of fighter pens, I'm finding all sorts of odd types some 'U', 'V' and 'E' shaped in planform.
Last edited by mawganmad; 24-04-2013 at 14:10.
I think Type A (12590/39) are those with straight sides and which were only built on the pre-war stations. The others with slightly curved walls are type B (11070/40, 7151/41, FCW 4513). Yes other shapes include V (tail bays) plus other shapes (even a C shape).So Llanbedr are all type B.
Thanks Paul, that sounds about right. I'm surprised at how many airfields had them which I hadn't realised they had before now.
For scale I'm using the runway widths as a guide, ie if the pen has the same span as the runway width (150 ft generally) it's a twin engined type, if slighty greater than 3/4rs of the width its a smaller single engined type - would this be correct?
Last edited by mawganmad; 25-04-2013 at 09:03.
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