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    The aircraft sillhouette in shot 4 [1955] is very interesting,great report lots to see,thanks.




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    hate to say it but this looks like one of the best places i have seen.
    It wouldn't be unsafe if you didn't put a digger through the roof!!!
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    Possibly the remains of a Norcon pillbox in part 2
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    Did you see this one

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    Quote Originally Posted by cptpies View Post
    Possibly the remains of a Norcon pillbox in part 2

    i thought that too but doesn't it seem a bit wide for a norcon? and it looks like two prefab half pipes rather than a single circular section, I've never seen a norcon up close but I thought they were smaller?
    (nearest I've got is at Abbotsbury but couldn't be bothered to walk up the hill to see what is effectively a half buried concrete pipe )

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    They come in two flavours one is a sewer pipe with embrasures cut out and no roof which most people call a Norcon but is actually a Croft pillbox or technically known as a CP/6/40/111, the other is a fully prefabricated variety like the one shown made of curved segments which could also have a domed roof, which is actually a Norcon like this one. The two seem to be interchangeably named though.




    RAF Southrop - Type NORCON by Jonathan Maisey, on Flickr
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    ahh I see, the Norcon seems to have the advantage that as the 75mm shell smashes through the flimsy concrete walls the roof will collapse in on you finishing the job, entombing your remains and leaving a handy monument on which your epitaph can be inscribed

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    Airfield pillboxes were initially specified to be bulletproof as it was envisioned they would primarily defend against paratroops which were only lightly armed. The air ministry somewhat belatedly saw the error of that assumption and added extra thicknesses of wall to many pillboxes to bring them up to shell proof standard.
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