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RAF BEMPTON

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  CHAIN HOME EXTRA LOW STATION K159, CHAIN HOME LOW STATION CHL37, BEMPTON ROTOR STATION 'RMF'
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The site of a Royal Air Force Chain Home Low radar station at Bempton established by June 1941. It provided early warning of approaching low-flying enemy aircraft during the Second World War. Chain Home Low sites typically comprised two gantries carrying the transmitter and receiver aerial arrays, a transmitter and receiver hut, a standby set house for the reserve power, and a general purposes hut. Defence measures installed at radar stations included Light Anti-Aircraft gun emplacements, pillboxes, road blocks and air raid shelters. The site was upgraded in 1942 and fitted with centimetric radar to become a Chain Home Extra Low station, called site K159. Aerial photography from 1997 shows that the site was later turned into a Rotor station (see HOB UID 1447327). The remains of at least four Second World War buildings are visible at TA 192 737. A range of buildings and aerial bases at TA 193 742 are part of the Rotor station. It comprises a guardroom, operations block, Type 80 building, over five Type 13/14 aerial bases, and a sewage works.

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