Ellerby AA Battery

We would like to thank Dennis for meeting with us and arranging for us to be able to tour the site

With the kind permission of the Landowner and an excellent guide in the form of Dennis we found ourselves amongst one of the best preserved AA Batterys we have seen. A World War II heavy anti-aircraft gunsite, known as Station H32. The Battery built in 1943 of concrete design and thought to be of DFW 55414 plans, it has four Gun emplacements, a Command post and what is left of a rather substantial magazine.

 

Light Fittings still in situ

 

Each Gun emplacement has a central octagonal gun pit of 7.5 metres across, defined by concrete blast walls, with the gun mounting in the centre which still survives. The entrance is to the side of the command post, though the original iron blast doors have been removed.

 

Signage is still in situ some stating Fuze Kind

 

There are external roofed recesses for ammunition storage accessible through each of the remaining seven sides. Behind two of these recesses are a pair of roofed shelters. The command post is generally of DFW 55402 design, though with one extra room and no emplacement for an light anti-aircraft machine gun at the front. It measures around 8 metres by 20 metres and is divided into 2 sections, with a series of semi-sunken rooms forming a horseshoe around the raised frontal area.

A strange marking on the entrance to one of the Guns shelters. Rather like a divisional patch insignia

 

The concrete shell is complete and retains fragments of the internal fittings. When in use more than 160 personnel would have been involved in the manning of the battery, with accomodation in the form of Nissan Huts in the surrounding fields. Women from the ATS were involved on site manning the ranging apparatus but it was down to the men to work the guns.

Stairwell Grabrail still solid after 70 years in the elements

 

Two views directly into one of the casements. This housed one of the four guns on this site.

 

 

Holes for cables from the Command Centre which would of run to the the four Guns

 

 

This field contained the living Quarters for the Men and Women that manned the Guns

 

 

A view from the top of the Command Centre

 

 

The magazine lies 90 metres to the north-east and is now a rectangular building with walls of double thickness concrete breeze blocks supporting a modern A-frame roof. These walls were originally freestanding blast walls surrounding the magazine, which was a lightweight tin structure. The magazine was demolished after the war, leaving the blast walls which were roofed to create an agricultural store. 

What you see today is not quite what it seems. The walls here are actually free standing blast walls around 2 feet thick made of concrete blocks. Inside in the centre would have been a magazine holding explosives or detonators or fuzes. The magazine is long gone and a metal framed roof support has been added after the war to create what looks like today just an ordinary farm storage shed.

 

Sources English Heritage Description of the Battery