A chum of mine who recently retired from the MOD has never heard of such
things but suspects that the name is of an american origin.
I gather GI Jane is the female of GI Joe and so a Jane Hut might be the
billet for women on an american camps.
But this is purely supposition. Perhap Bill Frey would no better. Are you
out there Bill?
John Wood of Sussex
>>> "Carlisle, Philip" <[log in to unmask]> 03/08 9:16 am >>>
Having looked at Paul Francis' book "British Military Airfield Architecture"
and read the small section on Jane huts, pp209-210, I am still none the
wiser as to why they are called Jane huts. The drawing numbers for the two
variants are given as 2966/42 and 10844/42. I looked these up on the RAF
Museums list of Air Ministry drawing numbers (which I just happen to have a
copy of, as you do!) and the 2966/42 variant is listed as "Laing hut
officers, sergeants and airmans quarters". The 10844/42 variant doesn't
appear on the list but it may be that the copy I have is not definitive, or
the drawing number was assigned by the army, or any other reason you car to
As to spiders, I remember these from my days as a cadet at Proteus training
camp in Notts. We knew them as Spider billets and they consisted of a
central corridor with 6 or 8 dormitories running off it at right angles. I
don't know if a drawing number exists but would love to find out ;-).
I think it's time I got my anorak and left.
From: Geoff Evans [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 07 March 2001 16:03
Subject: Re: jane huts again
Were the names used by Army personnel? I can find no trace in my reference
books which relate to miltary airfields. But I do know that, in my army
days, certain accomodation was referred to as 'spiders' which is indicative
of their plan and not derived from a manufacturer's name