Record Details

NHER Number:53399
Type of record:Monument
Name:Two World War Two Light Anti Aircraft defences, one of which may have been previously recorded as NHER 29961

Summary

Two World War Two light anti-aircraft gun batteries, including several machine gun emplacements, are visible on aerial photographs to the north of Snetterton airfield.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 0063 9173
Map Sheet:TM09SW
Parish:QUIDENHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK
SNETTERTON, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

February 2010. Norfolk NMP.
Two World War Two light anti-aircraft gun batteries, including several machine gun emplacements, are visible on aerial photographs (S1)-(S2) to the north of Snetterton airfield (NHER 9068).
At TM 0036 9187 and TM 0089 9159 there are two light anti-aircraft emplacements, probably for static Bofors machine guns, which consisted of earth-revetted rectangular emplacements, measuring up to 8.4m by 11m. These emplacements have at least two visible rectangular recesses for ammunition and the predictor.
To the south of the eastern-most battery, a rectangular concrete structure is also visible. It is possible that this may be an OSM building, an on-site magazine, as some light anti-aircraft sites were occasionally built at static Bofors sites (S3). It is possible that this eastern battery and the structure together were previously recorded as NHER 29961, which describes a ‘concrete platform and roofless semi-underground building’, but the location of NHER 29961 is further south, and has therefore been kept separate to the light anti-aircraft battery.
Snetterton airfield was clearly quite heavily defended during World War Two, with further possible spigot mortar defences visible to the east (NHER 53397) west (NHER 53396), and north of the airfield (NHER 53398).
E. Bales (NMP), 10 February 2010.

Monument Types

  • ANTI AIRCRAFT BATTERY (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • GUN EMPLACEMENT (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • LIGHT ANTI AIRCRAFT BATTERY (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • MACHINE GUN EMPLACEMENT (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • MACHINE GUN POST (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • MAGAZINE (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • STRUCTURE (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. NHER TM0091 A-B (RAF 106G/UK/1634 2377-8) 09-JUL-1946 (NLA).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1947. RAF CPE/UK/1918 3167-8 09-JAN-1947 (NMR).
<S3>Monograph: Brown, I. & Lowry, B. (eds.). 1996. 20th century defences in Britain: an introductory guide..

Related records

9068Part of: Snetterton and Eccles Road Airfields (Monument)
53396Related to: Five dispersed World War Two defences/spigot mortar emplacements related to Snetterton Airfield 9068 (Monument)
57464Related to: Two World War Two spigot mortar emplacements/airfield defence posts (Monument)
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