NX1152 : Bombing Range Buildings

taken 5 years ago, 3 km from Stoneykirk, Dumfries And Galloway, Great Britain

Bombing Range Buildings
Bombing Range Buildings
QinetiQ buildings on the edge of Luce Sands.
Luce Bay Bombing Range
A selection of shots of the bombing range, primarily focussing on the two clusters of concrete 'target base' cones still extant.

The excellent 'The RAF In Galloway 1910-2000' by A.T. Murchie (C G Book Publishers Ltd) provides further information about the structures. 'Much of the training of bomb aimers was in practice, using eleven pound smoke bombs, over targets which had been set up in Luce Bay... The two Luce Bay targets were erected in 1937 by the contractors who had constructed the airfield. They were situated at the shallow northern end of the bay, built on the sandy sea bed offshore, but above the low water mark. Considerable difficulty was found in ensuring the stability of the three conical supports required to carry each triangular target platform which had to be above sea level in all conditions. Eventually, foundations were taken to a depth of 30 feet, no easy task working between tides using the limited construction material then available.'
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Date Taken
Monday, 21 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 23 July, 2014
Geographical Context
Coastal  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NX 1127 5249 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:49.8948N 4:56.3961W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NX 11316 51474
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