Monument record ADB 103 - World War II 'Diver' HAA battery.

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A World War II Heavy Anti-artillery Artillery site, Aldeburgh


Grid reference Centred TM 45938 57741 (266m by 260m)
Map sheet TM45NE


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

A World War II Heavy Anti-aircraft Artillery battery is visible as a number of structures on aerial photographs, centred on TM45945773. It is first visible on photographs of October 1945, as a series of Nissen huts aligned on a figure of eight roadway (S1). The guns appear to have been removed but their location is apparent from the hardstandings left behind, which run from circa TM46035780 to circa TM45985786. It is probable that this site was a late World War II emergency battery, established at sometime from November 1944 onwards, complimenting a second battery circa 500m to the north (see ADB 068). Elements of this site are still visible in the 1950s, and the route of a track through this area has followed the battery's roadway since the 1960s to the present day (S2-S4).
Site of a Second World War heavy anti aircraft (Diver) battery in the Diver Strip at Aldeburgh. It was armed with four 3.7-inch Mark IIc guns equipped with Predictor BTL, and Radar AA No.3 Mark V when it was deployed here on 10th October 1944, and was manned by 424 Battery of 138 Anti Aircraft Artillery Regiment. It formed part of 5 Heavy Anti Aircraft Brigade deployment (S5)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • --- Index: English Heritage. Pastscape.
  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 106G/UK/929 4307-4308 16-Oct-1945.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/877 5251-5252 21-May-1952.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/1672 154-155 03-Mar-1955.
  • <S4> Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/69011 40 10-Mar-1969.

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Record last edited

Sep 25 2013 3:42PM

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