TF8505 : Overgrown M&E plinth

taken 7 years ago, near to South Pickenham, Norfolk, Great Britain

Overgrown M&E plinth
Overgrown M&E plinth
It is located right beside a minor road > Link but is so overgrown that it can hardly be seen even when standing next to it. The structure stands on the edge of one of the dispersed campsites (Site 11) associated with RAF North Pickenham when it was an active airfield during WW2. M & E plinths were made of brick to a height of about 1.60 metres and housed the Mechanical and Electrical transformer and switchgear used to keep the electricity supply at a constant voltage. As junction boxes they received in a mains electricity supply and distributed it though a number of outlets to buildings on the site.
RAF North Pickenham (USAAF Station 143)

The aerodrome at North Pickenham was constructed in 1943/44 for the use of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) Eighth Air Force and designated USAAF Station 143. The first group to move onto the airfield was the 492nd Bombardment Group (Heavy), flying Liberator bomber aircraft. Due to heavy losses the group was transferred in August 1944, and the 491st BG replaced it.

After the war, the airfield was returned to the RAF and it was closed in 1949. In December 1958 however, the station was transferred from Home Command to Bomber Command in preparation for its used as a Thor missile site. After the missile site was dismantled in 1963 the field was closed for good and finally sold off in 1967. See also: Link

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Date Taken
Saturday, 2 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Saturday, 2 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 8564 0533 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:36.8404N 0:44.4336E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 8563 0533
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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