Monument record FEX 243 - World War II barrage balloon site on Landguard Point.

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A World War II barrage balloon site at Landguard Point, Felixstowe


Grid reference Centred TM 28251 31320 (31m by 29m)
Map sheet TM23SE


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A World War II barrage balloon site is visible as a structure on aerial photographs taken in 1944, located at TM 28253132 to the south of the fort on Landguard Point, Felixstowe. The structure consists of a hexagonal concrete platform with a probable central tethering point. A balloon is also visible on photographs taken in April 1944. The platform is still visible in 1948 but appears to have been destroyed by 1953, possibly by the storms that occurred in February that year. (S1) (S2) (S3) This site is part of the extensive balloon barrage which crossed Harwich Haven during the Second World War. A number of the balloons were tethered to vessels in the channel itself and others were located on land. See FEX 073, 165, 204, 205, 206, 207 and SLY 076, 082 , 092 for other sites in the barrage. (S4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106W/LA/1 3036-3037 18-APR-1944.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/LA/23 3001-3002 06-JUL-1944.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/115 5165-5166 30-AUG-1948.
  • <S4> Verbal communication: Newsome, S.. 2001 -. Suffolk Coastal NMP Project. Sarah Newsome 18/12/02.

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Jul 19 2013 12:55PM

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