TG2721 : WWII site south of RAF Coltishall - pillbox

taken 8 years ago, near to Great Hautbois, Norfolk, Great Britain

WWII site south of RAF Coltishall - pillbox
WWII site south of RAF Coltishall - pillbox
This very much overgrown pillbox is guarding the entrance. It can be accessed via a few steps leading downwards. Type 22 pillbox, with `T' shaped anti ricochet wall, the cross section of which is curved. There is also a small portal in the stem section. DOB reference: S0005485.

The site comprises a number of buildings and structures and two pillboxes, one at each end. Known locally as the "old radio station", there were large masts secured by concrete stanchions and wooden accommodation huts encased within the brick walls, which would indicate a direction finding radar station serving RAF Coltishall.
RAF Coltishall
The station opened in 1939 as a fighter airfield during WW2. It later became a station for night fighters and then for ground attack aircraft until it was closed in 2006. Coltishall was the last surviving operational RAF airfield involved in the Battle of Britain other than RAF Northolt. The station was home to more than 80 fighter squadrons during its time of operation and 207 enemy aircraft were destroyed during the war. The airfield is currently owned by Norfolk County Council, with most of the former domestic site now being occupied by HMP Bure. See also: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 15 May, 2011   (more nearby)
Monday, 16 May, 2011
Geographical Context
Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 275 211 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:44.4146N 1:22.1503E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 274 211
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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