Monument record FEX 246 - World War II barrage balloon site located on Landguard Common.

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A World War II barrage balloon site on Landguard Common, north-east of Landguard Fort


Grid reference Centred TM 28935 32517 (52m by 54m)
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 28933251 to the north-east of the fort on Landguard Point, Felixstowe. The structure consists of a hexagonal concrete platform, around 10m in diameter, with a probable central tethering point. This is surrounded by an outer ring of small concrete tethering points, measuring roughly 55m in diameter. The platform is still visible into the 1970s. (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, 205, 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: OS, AP. NMR OS/73247 001-002 05-JUN-1975.
  • <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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