Monument record ADB 063 - World War II anti-aircraft ditches.

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World War II anti-aircraft ditches, Aldeburgh.


Grid reference Centred TM 46482 58620 (595m by 552m)
Map sheet TM45NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

An area of second world war anti-aircraft ditches is visible as earthworks on aerial photographs from 1941 onwards, centred on TM46545868. This area was laid out at some time prior to December 1941, and is composed of long thin ditches up to 270m in length and 2 to 3m wide, bordered by circular dumps of spoil around 3 to 4m in diameter. They are arranged in a chess board pattern of irregular squares and were intended to prevent enemy aircraft from landing on the open flat coastal ground. Most of the ditches in this area have been filled or ploughed away by 1955. (S1-S4).

Roughly square area of former marshland containing a complex of trench and mound obstacles. [Plotted from aerial photographs] (S5).

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 2A/BR167 8-10 17-Dec-1941.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/1672 142-143 03-Mar-1955.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/929 4306-4307 16-Oct-1945.
  • <S4> Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/69011 28-29 10-Mar-1969.
  • <S5> Digital archive: Defence of Britain Project archive. UORN: S0006214.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Sep 25 2013 3:25PM

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