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    Default RAF Ringstead Radar defence, March 2009


    RAF Ringstead March 2009

    I have been to this site a number of times over the last few years but this is the only time i managed to get down there in daylight to get some ok'ish pictures and have not seen any posts on this yet so hope you enjoy!


    RAF Ringstead was one of the westward additions to the radar chain along the South Coast of England, and entered service after the Battle of Britain had been won, but well before the Allies were assured of final victory. Work on the station commenced in January 1941 and the unit became operational in May of the following year with both Chain Home (CH) and Chain Home Low (CHL) trabsmitter/receivers.

    Initially, the operational buildings were above ground and unhardened. Attempts to find a suitable site for a receiver station at either Bowleaze Cove Or Osmington Mills were unsuccessful due to problems with either large local buildings or topography, so in later years the main operational buildings were protected by earthworks alongside and over the top. Today the buildings are very well camouflage with trees and overgrown foliage.

    In 1963 the station was handed over to the USAAF 2180th Communications Squadron, who operated a Tropospheric Scatter System until the station's closure in 1973. The controversial 150ft high aerial masts were dismantled and removed in 1974.

    There are three of these bunkers two are readily accessible after a rummage through some brambles and the other is in the garden of a local house and it is secure. There are also a few more buildings dotted around the site like Sergeants Mess and pilbox.


    What looks like just a hill.



    Main entrance




    Inside one of the bunkers


    Inside one of the other bunkers












    Back door.




    Old picture of main entrance





    The controversial 150ft high aerial masts removed in 1974.






    I have a few more pictures of the other sites here but i didnt think they were worth posting due to poor'er quality.


    Thanks for looking!

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    Wow those aerial masts are HUGE. Looks like a great explore. The old black and white picture makes my eyes go fuzzy,lol. Nice one matey.;)
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    nice find mate would love to see the rest of the photo's

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    A real pity those masts were dismantled...they were amazing! What an explore they'd be, eh!
    Excellent site and history, Dazaf. Radar stations are great. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonney View Post
    nice find mate would love to see the rest of the photo's

    I will have to get down there again as have only got blury photos of the other buildings down there, theres a pilbox, officers mess, air raid shelter and some old scool garage!

    Also seen a picture on the net of another bunker i have not seen so another trip needed for sure!

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    Cool looking place, shame those radar towers have gone. I must go and have a look.

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    I like those huge masts. Great shots by the way.:)
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    Nice find there, and some good pics too, thanks.

    I dont suppose you could grab an image from google/flash earth, of the site could you, just curious :)
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    Would of been good if them masts were still there, that would of been a fun climb! :)

    Thanks for all the good pic comments, took my mrs fandango Fujifilm camera out the other day and i reckon i get better pictures from my dump 60 Argos camera! I aint no photographer so still have a lot to learn in that area though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urban Mole View Post
    Nice find there, and some good pics too, thanks.

    I dont suppose you could grab an image from google/flash earth, of the site could you, just curious :)
    Google/Flash earth wont be any good as you will only see trees but this might be of some help:

    http://www.atlantikwall.co.uk/atlant...r_html/map.htm

    If you interested in a visit give me a shout!

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