Monument record FEX 245 - World War II barrage balloon site located on Landguard Common.

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A World War II barrage balloon site located on Landguard Common to the north-east of Landguard Fort


Grid reference Centred TM 28654 32195 (57m by 57m)
Map sheet TM23SE


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Full Description

A World War II barrage balloon site is visible as a structure on aerial photographs taken in 1944, located at TM 28653219 to the north-east of the fort on Landguard Point, Felixstowe. The structure consists of a hexagonal concrete platform, 12m in diameter, with a probable central tethering point, surrounded by an inner and outer ring of small concrete tethering points, measuring roughly 23m and 56m in diameter respectively. A balloon is also visible floating above the site on photographs taken in April 1944. The platform is still visible during the 1960s. (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, 203, 204, 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 3035-3036 18-APR-1944.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/115 5165-5166 30-AUG-1948.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 543/2326 1F22 0328-0329 23-JUL-1963.
  • <S4> Verbal communication: Newsome, S.. 2001 -. Suffolk Coastal NMP Project. Sarah Newsome 18/12/02.

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Record last edited

Jul 19 2013 12:55PM

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