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HER Number:MDV56478
Name:Aircraft Compass Platform, Dunkeswell Airfield


Site of a compass platform that was used to carry out an aircraft compass swing. Any errors were recorded on a compass corrector card. This was carried by the navigator and used to make ajustments in order to maintain the aircraft on the corrector course.


Grid Reference:ST 128 075
Map Sheet:ST10NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDunkeswell
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishDUNKESWELL

Protected Status

  • SHINE: WWII Airfield and ancillary buildings at Dunkeswell

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST10NW/41/18
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • AIRCRAFT COMPASS PLATFORM (World War II - 1939 AD (Between) to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Circular feature visible.

Francis, P., 1995, Blackdown Hills Airfield Survey. Dunkeswell and Upottery, No. 11 (Report - Survey). SDV312951.

Compass platform. Construction: concrete. Function: for carrying out an aircraft "compass swing" so that compass errors could be recorded on a compass corrector card. This card was carried in the aircraft and used by the navigator to make adjustments to maintain the correct course of the aircraft. It appears to be in good condition and can easily be seen from the air.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015 onwards, 2015 onward Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV362959.

No longer appears to be visible.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV312951Report - Survey: Francis, P.. 1995. Blackdown Hills Airfield Survey. Dunkeswell and Upottery. Blackdown Hills AONB. Digital + A4. No. 11.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #140805 ]
SDV362959Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015 onwards. 2015 onward Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV45090Part of: Dunkeswell Airfield (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4948 - Blackdown Hills Airfield Survey

Date Last Edited:Jun 21 2023 5:19PM