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    Default East Carlton anti-aircraft battery, Yorkshire, February 2019


    1. The History
    Loads of history on this place due to it being Grade II listed. The World War II Heavy Anti-aircraft (HAA) gunsite was known as Station H21 and included seven gun emplacements; one for a Light Anti-aircraft (LAA) weapon, four gun pits and a command post. It’s date of establishment is unknown but was unarmed in June 1942. During the second world war guns were often moved from one site to another this does not necessarily mean it had been totally abandoned. The site was probably connected with the defence of Leeds generally and Yeadon airfield in particular, the latter of which lies just under 2km to the south.

    The Anti-aircraft (AA) guns were used for either destroying enemy aircraft or keeping them at a high altitude. Another important function of AA guns was to indicate the position of enemy aircraft to their own fighters. Often, when an enemy plane was out of range, the guns would fire one or two rounds to burst as near as possible, simply to draw the fighters’ attention to the enemy. The emplacements were all constructed of concrete and breeze blocks and follow standard designs. The four gun pits were arranged in a semi-circle around the north-west side of the command post. The gun pits were octagonal in plan and had twin axial entrances which had a single entrance and external ammunition recesses and shelters. Both types were designed for 3.7-inch guns. The surrounding walls formed three, roofed, compartments on each side of which the central one led to a shelter at the rear. On one side the shelter was typically used as a relaxed duty shelter for the gun crew, the other for gun maintenance. The other recesses were used for stacking ammunition and fuses of different, preset lengths.

    The command post is E shaped in plan, semi-sunken and constructed of breeze block and concrete. It included a plotting room, a long room in the covered part of the command post where the bearing, elevation and range were calculated and relayed to the guns. Other rooms in the command post acted as offices, stores and communication rooms. All the buildings and structures, with the exception of the unenclosed gun emplacements, are surrounded by earth and turf embankments. These would not only have reinforced the structures but would also help to camouflage the site from air attack.

    Google Maps view:

    2019-02-18_02-26-33 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    2. The Explore
    Very open access and easy explore this one. The four gun pits were nothing to get too excited about and have clearly been used for livestock. The most interesting thing is the company post, however, this is completely flooded so had to content myself from peering in from the outside in. Nether-the-less, an interesting site and well worth half-an-hour of your time

    3. The Pictures

    First the four gun pits:

    img0938 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    East Carlton 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img0911 by HughieDW, on Flickr



    img0907bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    Not too much left here:

    img0902 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Then on to the command centre:

    img0935 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    East Carlton 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img0934 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img0912 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Didn’t fancy breaking the waders out:

    East Carlton 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    East Carlton 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    East Carlton 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some of the original wiring remains:

    img0928 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Overview:

    img0939 by HughieDW, on Flickr
    Last edited by HughieD; 18th Feb 19 at 14:27.

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    Literally on my doorstep. Whilst these batteries could defend Leeds from attacking aircraft that flew within range; their major role was in defending the very large manufacturing complex that was attached to Yeadon airfield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirus_Strictus View Post
    Literally on my doorstep. Whilst these batteries could defend Leeds from attacking aircraft that flew within range; their major role was in defending the very large manufacturing complex that was attached to Yeadon airfield.
    Aye Dirus, just a stone's throw from you!

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    that water looks a bit skanky!
    Curious looking place
    thanks for sharing
    Black cat exploring company
    & LSD - Leicester Super Derpers

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wombat View Post
    that water looks a bit skanky!
    Curious looking place
    thanks for sharing
    Cheers mate. Yeah, even with wellies wouldn't have ventured in here!

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