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Map and RAF images of radar stations

Map and RAF images of wartime Chain Home radar stations
Picture added on 13 August 2012 at 21:34
An informative and well put-together info panel David. Is it on display somewhere?
Added by Ian Hourston on 13 August 2012
Bit hard to see on the images above but there are other radar stations on Orkney

BRECKNESS near Stromness
Canmore ID 261787

RN Fighter Direction School at HESTO GEO
Canmore ID 104518

A Ground Controlled Radio Interception Radar at RUSSLAND (Training?)
Canmore ID 81806

Netherbutton and Whale Head each had two site, Main and Reserve with the Netherbutton's being a Buried Reserve.

As one of your images shows at least one coastal gun battery had radar. Also some of the Heavy Anti Aircraft Gun Batteries had provision for radar, this mounted on a vehicle or trailer which was placed on a ramp so it could be moved around between different batteries. The ramp is sometimes mistakenly described as a vehicle inspection ramp! I think there are several on Orkney. As with this one at SMOOGRO
Canmore ID 81790

It has been suggested that the structure on Costa Hill was radar but not sure about it, it appears to be postwar presumably CAA
Canmore ID 157903

Added by Martin Briscoe on 04 November 2012
The structure on top of Costa hill was a windmill to produce elictricity. I think it blew down in the 52 or 53 gale.
Added by W Watters on 09 December 2012
Thanks, not been up there for a close look!
Added by Martin Briscoe on 17 December 2012
The three coast artillery Fire Commands, Stromness (Ness Battery), Kirkwall (Rerwick Battery) and Flotta (Stanger Battery) were equipped with CA No.2 Mk.I* sets.
See picture #17314 which shows the set at Stanger.
Added by Andrew Hollinrake on 21 October 2014
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