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HER Number:MDV113001
Name:Probable Bomb Craters, South of Exeter Airport

Summary

Probable bomb craters of Second World War date are visible as a series of earthwork pits and levelled earthwork pits on aerial photographs of 1944 onwards, to the south of Exeter Airport.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 002 929
Map Sheet:SY09SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishClyst Honiton
Civil ParishFarringdon
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCLYST HONITON
Ecclesiastical ParishFARRINGDON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOMB CRATER (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Full description

United States Airforce, 1944, US/7PH/GP/LOC252, US/7PH/GP/LOC252 RS 4014-15 20-MAR-1944;US/7PH/GP/LOC252 RP 3014-15 20-MAR-1944 (Aerial Photograph). SDV358580.

The bomb craters are visible as a series of earthwork pits and recently levelled earthwork pits. Map object based on this source.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1412, RAF/106G/UK/1412 RS 4430-33 13-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352504.

The bomb craters are visible as a series of earthwork pits and recently levelled earthwork pits. Map object based on this source.

Ordnance Survey, 1966, OS/66185 V, OS/66185 V 401-402 22-JUL-1966 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357577.

The bomb craters appear to have been levelled, although vegetation marks of the features are visible in places.

Next Perspectives, 2010, Aerial Photography for Great Britain, Next Perspectives PGA Imagery SY0092 22-MAY-2010 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356259.

A vegetation mark of a possible former bomb crater is visible.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2014-2015, East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV356883.

Probable bomb craters of Second World War date are visible as a series of earthwork pits and levelled earthwork pits on aerial photographs of 1944 onwards, to the south of Exeter Airport. The concentration of bomb craters, which were clearly intended for the airfield itself, are dispersed across an area of approximately 19.3 hectares within a number of agricultural fields to the immediate south of the airfield. They are visible as both earthwork pits and as soilmarks of former earthwork pits which appear to have been recently levelled. These stray bomb craters form part of a number of other such features recorded within the vicinity of former RAF Exeter. The earthworks appear to have been levelled by 1966, although vegetation marks of these former features do appear to remain visible, with a single mark also clearly visible on digital images derived from aerial photographs taken in 2010.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV352504Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1412. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/1412 RS 4430-33 13-APR-1946.
SDV356259Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2010. Aerial Photography for Great Britain. Aerial Photography for Great Britain Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Imagery SY0092 22-MAY-2010.
SDV356883Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV357577Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1966. OS/66185 V. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/66185 V 401-402 22-JUL-1966.
SDV358580Aerial Photograph: United States Airforce. 1944. US/7PH/GP/LOC252. United States Airforce. Photograph (Paper). US/7PH/GP/LOC252 RS 4014-15 20-MAR-1944;US/7PH/GP/LOC252 RP 3014-15 20-MAR-1944.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6530 - The East and Mid-Devon Rivers Catchment NMP project (Ref: ACD613)

Date Last Edited:Feb 10 2022 11:11AM