Record Details

NHER Number:59093
Type of record:Building
Name:Fighter Pen/Salvage Compound, Former RAF Coltishall (Building 93)

Summary

The fighter pen lies at the north west boundary of the runway perimeter track, and includes the attached air-raid shelter and two hardstandings. The fighter pen is known as a type A which was constructed in accordance with Air Ministry drawing 11070/40 and housed two single-engine fighters such as Spitfires or Hurricanes. The Coltishall fighter pen is a very unusual example constructed of sand-bags, now vitrified. In later years the fighter pen was used as a salvage compound. This area is a Scheduled Monument.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2678 2337
Map Sheet:TG22SE
Parish:SCOTTOW, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

The fighter pen lies at the north west boundary of the runway perimeter track, and includes the attached air-raid shelter and two hardstandings. The fighter pen is known as a type A which was constructed in accordance with Air Ministry drawing 11070/40 and housed two single-engine fighters such as Spitfires or Hurricanes. It is the only remaining fighter pen at the base to remain substantially intact, and unusually, without associated earthworks. The roughly E-shaped pen comprises a single tarmac floor for two single-engine fighters, a central wall and enclosing walls in an arc which stand some 3m high. The Coltishall fighter pen is a very unusual example constructed of sand-bags, now vitrified. It has an opening width of 20m, an air-raid shelter and former brick storage shed to the front.
This area is a Scheduled Monument.
In later years the fighter pen was used as a salvage compound.
A. Cattermole (HES), 21 May 2013.

The aggregate used for the sandbags was from the coast/marine, so probably has a high salt content.
Some bags were removed from the pen around 20 years ago by 41 Squadron to build a barbeque (still extant) in a small coppice just west of the track to Building 139.
D. Gurney (HES), 15 May 2015.

Monument Types

  • AIR RAID SHELTER (World War Two to 21st Century - 1940 AD to 2006 AD)
  • DISPERSAL PEN (World War Two to 21st Century - 1940 AD to 2006 AD)
  • HARD STANDING? (World War Two to 21st Century - 1940 AD to 2006 AD)
  • SCRAP YARD (Mid 20th Century to 21st Century - 1960 AD? to 2006 AD?)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2015. Inscription may have been the last words of a wartime pilot. 5 January.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2016. Wartime heritage is preserved. 20 July.

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7697Part of: RAF Coltishall (Monument)
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