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World War II RAF building mystery solved

By T.K. Randall
October 8, 2017 · Comment icon 4 comments

An aerial view of RAF Bicester. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 John Wright
A mysterious building discovered at a former RAF base has turned out to be an anti-aircraft gun position.
The unidentified defensive structure was found at the site of RAF Bicester, a World War Two RAF Bomber Training Station that later became a heritage site due to its historical significance.

Historic England, the public body responsible for looking after such sites, was so confused about the nature and purpose of the building that it appealed to the general public to help identify it.
The answer, as it turned out, was that the structure was actually an anti-aircraft gun position and munitions store designed to help defend the base against enemy paratroopers.

"It is really exciting that we have discovered more about what this structure might have been which in turn will help us to restore it," said Historic England's Clare Charlesworth.

"The RAF Bicester site has an amazing array of historic buildings and structures so we are sure there will be lots more puzzles and secrets still to be revealed."

Source: BBC News | Comments (4)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
Man, I sure would have hated being a paratrooper dropping down on areas like that.
Comment icon #2 Posted by PersonFromPorlock 7 years ago
The idea with airborne assaults is to drop 'em where the defenses aren't.
Comment icon #3 Posted by and then 7 years ago
The Germans learned this lesson with a passion in the battle of Crete.  They never staged another major airborne operation after it.
Comment icon #4 Posted by godnodog 7 years ago
why was this a mystery? It�s a building....

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