SU2014 : A tour of the WWII Ashley Walk Bombing Range (addendum) - site of Grand Slam bomb crater

taken 2 years ago, near to Godshill, Hampshire, Great Britain

A tour of the WWII Ashley Walk Bombing Range (addendum) - site of Grand Slam bomb crater
A tour of the WWII Ashley Walk Bombing Range (addendum) - site of Grand Slam bomb crater
The only live test of a Grand Slam bomb took place on 13 March 1945 at the Ashley Walk Bombing Range. The Barnes-Wallis designed 22,000 pound "Earthquake Bomb" was released from a specially modified Lancaster from 16,000 ft over the village of Godshill. It penetrated the ground and on cue, exploded as intended 9 seconds later creating an enormous crater 130 ft across, and 70 ft deep.

Unfortunately for historians there is no trace of the crater visible today, as it was infilled as part of the New Forest post-war restorative programme of works. However, Norman Parker in his definitive work on the Ashley Walk Bombing Range identifies the area of the crater just north of the "Submarine Pen" target as '..a marshy depression 100 yards south-west of the Ashley Cross gate into Pitts Wood. Its site is marked by a large growth of reeds.' His description of the former crater fits this view of the area precisely.

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Wednesday, 28 October, 2015   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 29 October, 2015
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Historic sites and artefacts  Air transport  Woodland, Forest  Defence, Military  Flat landscapes 
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