SU3401 : WWII Hampshire - RAF Beaulieu airfield: Signals Mortar (1)

taken 2 months ago, 3 km from Furzey Lodge, Hampshire, Great Britain

WWII Hampshire - RAF Beaulieu airfield: Signals Mortar (1)
WWII Hampshire - RAF Beaulieu airfield: Signals Mortar (1)
I missed this the last time I was here. It's a metal casting embedded in concrete about 20 metres behind the Beaulieu pundit code lettersLinkExternal link and to the rear of the former Watch Office or Control Tower. It's a Signals Mortar socket, typically used in emergency situations on an airfield when the comparatively weak light fired from a Verey pistol would have been rendered useless in times of poor visibility or bad weather. The Signals Mortar fired a very powerful pyrotechnic flare hundreds of feet vertically into the air, and was used primarily as a measure of last resort for the emergency guidance of an aircraft to an airfield. In such situations a signal mortar would be placed in the socket, and fired by pulling a wire attached to the base.

SU3401 : WWII Hampshire - RAF Beaulieu airfield: Signals Mortar (2)
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Date Taken
Monday, 13 March, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 15 March, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Air transport  Heath, Scrub  Defence, Military  Flat landscapes 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 3475 0115 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:48.5320N 1:30.4905W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 3475 0115
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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