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    Default Cantilever Pillbox, RAF Henley on Thames


    RAF Henley on Thames opened in July 1940 as a Relief Landing Ground (RLG) for White Waltham Tiger Moths. Later it was a RLG for Woodley Magisters. In 1944 529 Sqn arrived with Oxfords, Hornet Moths and Avro Rotas. it was used for "final assembly and flight test" of Spitfires produced by the Reading group of dispersed manufacture. Some small components were produced in the underground workshop which was once a chalk mine at nearby Warren Row. The airfield closed in Oct 1945.
    Sveral building still exist but I understand the runway was only ever a grass strip. The airfield itself is pretty much unreckognisable apart from the vast open space.
    The only remaining defence structure is this cantilever pillbox. It is a great change from the normal type 22's etc and quite an interesting building in itself.

    I've seen photos of these but still was shocked by the low profile

    The tight entrance

    These days it full of field mice and is used as a hide from which to shoot birds...

    For the sake of it, apparently.

    Detail of the machine gun mount.




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    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalNoise View Post
    ...used as a hide from which to shoot birds...
    For the sake of it, apparently.
    That makes me SO angry!!!

    Great pillbox though...would love to investigate one of these, but none in my area, sadly. Excellent photos.
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    Just loving that first shot. Very atmospheric.
    Do it safely, or not at all.

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    That makes me SO angry!!!
    I know, pointless murder. Looks like some sicko took to them with the wood and a brick after.
    Thanks guys. Theyre rare structures, and it turns out this is my closest pillbox! Nice

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    They're popular pillboxes around the airfields of wiltshire and berkshire but not seen many other places, they're lovely aren't they? That one looks particularly clean.

    Shame about the muppetry though

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    First picture doesn't look real. I like it.

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    great shots... the Aliens have landed...

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    The closest one to you, Foxy, appears to RAF Wroughton, near swindon.
    On yer bike luv!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalNoise View Post
    The closest one to you, Foxy, appears to RAF Wroughton, near swindon.
    On yer bike luv!!
    Haven't even got a bike! It'll be a long walk!
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