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Re: Anti aircraft gun mount

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Andrew Mayfield <[log in to unmask]>

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Further to Roger's email, I asked Victor Smith about this mount and he
replied...

I remember this mount.  It was originally set within an octagonal gun
emplacement of anti-aircraft type on top of the mound of Ravelin
Battery, now on the Tesco site at Sheerness.  Later, after demolition of
the battery, it was mounted in the car park, 'in memoriam' so to speak.
In 1993 the gun mount was identified by RCHME as being for a twin
2-pounder MK8 anti-aircraft gun.  Looking at Military Grid references
for light anti-aircraft guns at Sheerness there is one for 1942 at NGR
361936.  This is site SE4 for 1 x Vickers Twin (pom-pom).  Bearing in
mind the 6 figure grid reference and an accuracy of + or - 100 yards
this is at about, or close to, the right spot.  Its a whacking great
mount though for a twin-2 pounder but I do not have a close knowledge of
this particular weapon.



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-----Original Message-----
From: Military archaeology and architecture
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of THOMAS, Roger J C
Sent: 17 February 2009 14:35
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Anti aircraft gun mount

Dear Dan,

This is a holdfast for a 2-Pr QF anti-aircraft gun or Pom-Pom. This
particular type of gun came in a number of mounting ranging from a
single barrel, through two, and four barrel versions, right up to a
large complex eight barrel mounting. This particular holdfast is for a
2-Pr QF Mk.8 twin mounting, a handful of which were installed to defend
naval dockyards as a 'stop-gap' until the supply of 40-mm Bofors guns
improved. Another reason for the use of the 2-Pr QF was due to the ease
of the supply of ammunition from naval sources, as the Pom-Pom was used
on most warships and was therefore relatively plentiful near dockyards.
If you need any further information, do feel free to contact me.

Regards,

Roger JC Thomas

Military Support Officer - English Heritage

-----Original Message-----
From: Military archaeology and architecture
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of MILES, Daniel
Sent: 11 February 2009 18:10
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Anti aircraft gun mount

Dear all,

Can anyone help with the identification of this possible AA gun mount.
There is an inscription that reads: "C.N.528 (possibly CM) SIR Wm A & Co
Ltd 1939"
(Sir William Armstrong and Co Ltd) It is located in a Tesco's car park
in the Isle of Sheppey on the site of the Ravelin coastal battery. Does
anyone know what type of gun (or searchlight) emplacement it comes from?

Thanks
Dan

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