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Old 5th Jan 2023, 5:18 pm   #1
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An interesting documentary from 1946 - here
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Excellent, I have that on tape.
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Thanks for sharing that. I wasn't aware of this film before.

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What a fascinating piece of film, thank you bringing it to our attention.
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Looks very interesting, thank you; I shall 'smartview' it on the telly later on ... once SWMBO has finished watching Midsomer Murders etc. etc. etc.
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Excellent indeed, and refreshingly free of needless dramatisation.

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Thanks, I knew about some of this but not Moonshine, the enlarger of returns. Monica was a treacherous woman that tail gunners soon learnt to switch off. Some curious coastal village names came up on this which almost sounded like codes in themselves - Orby and Stenigot.

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Dave (The Philpott): Stenigot still has one CH tower left - albeit missing the top cantilever platform:

https://earth.app.goo.gl/?apn=com.go...e_IeRZXlC-EADA

Arguably the next best example after the one at Marconi Research Laboratories - er, sorry, BAe Systems - at Great Baddow

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It wasn't that soon Dave, Monica was in service from 1943 and it wasn't until the Germans introduced the Siemens designed FuG 277 Flensburg in 1944 which homed in on Monica (and Mandrel) transmissions they realised there was an issue. There was a development of Monica to make it frequency hopping but evidently that was unsuccessful.

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Thanks Andrew. I had also heard anecdotes of Monica being switched off by the gunner due to constant signals created by other allied bombers in the stream- (then presumably switched back on on the return journey)

Looks like there's a couple of (almost) subterranean control rooms in that google image Guy, i hope it's all listed (as is the Baddow tower)

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Old 29th Jan 2023, 2:23 pm   #11
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A very good - not dumbed down - account of the history. Excellent.

With regards to the Stenigot CH tower, yes, it's listed along with the transmitter block.

See: https://historicengland.org.uk/listi...-entry/1259301

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Old 29th Jan 2023, 2:38 pm   #12
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Around 2011 we had a service visit to a NATS site at Trimingham on the East Coast of Norfolk. There was a very old, well maintained and impressive wooden tower supporting the aerials. I was told it dated back to WW2 radar days.
Google just states that the 200ft Chain Home tower was demolished years ago.
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Very good! Thanks for posting. How I regret dismantling the H2S display I bought as a teenager.

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