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HER Number:MDV57234
Name:Air Ministry Laboratory Bombing Teacher, Upottery Airfield

Summary

Air ministry laboratory (aml) bombing teacher. Comments: although derelict, the basic structure is both complete and in sound condition, therefore, represents an excellent example of its type (plate 18). This is basically the same design as dunkeswell but the latter, has its boiler and motor room/landing annexe removed (francis).

Location

Grid Reference:ST 192 105
Map Sheet:ST11SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishClayhidon
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCLAYHIDON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST11SE/89/9

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILITARY BUILDING (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV36413.

Francis, p. /blackdown hills airfield survey/(1995)/upottery:8.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV36414.

Des=slide (horner, w. )/(01/12/1994)/in smr.


Francis, P., 1995, Blackdown Hills Airfield Survey. Dunkeswell and Upottery., 96 (Report - Survey). SDV312951.

Air ministry laboratory (aml) bombing teacher. Comments: although derelict, the basic structure is both complete and in sound condition, therefore, represents an excellent example of its type (plate 18). This is basically the same design as dunkeswell but the latter, has its boiler and motor room/landing annexe removed (francis).


Passmore, M., 2010, Royal Air Force AML Bombing Teacher, 2-4 (Leaflet). SDV345154.

Building housing Air Ministry Laboratory bombing simulator. From the top floor a film projector cast an image of a landscape onto the ground floor. From a platform between the top floor and the ground floor the bomb aimer made the necessary calculations to pinpoint the target through a bomb-sight, and was able to communicate with the 'pilot', who by stick and rudder controls was able to adjust the simulated landscape as necessary to represent the aircraft's position. The floors were connected by metal ladders. The annexe on the north side of the building housed the bomb-aimer's platform. Other details: Photographs, diagram.


Passmore, M. + Passmore, A., 2013, RAF Upottery (Leaflet). SDV355705.

RAF Upottery, also known as Smeatharpe, was intended as a RAF bomber station, but was occupied by the United States Army Air Force, who used the facilities for its troop carriers. A number of structures can still be seen at the site, including a derelict control tower, huts and an Air Ministry laboratory.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV312951Report - Survey: Francis, P.. 1995. Blackdown Hills Airfield Survey. Dunkeswell and Upottery.. Blackdown Hills AONB. Digital + A4. 96.
SDV345154Leaflet: Passmore, M.. 2010. Royal Air Force AML Bombing Teacher. A Brief Introduction to Twentieth Century Military and Civil Defence Archae. 4. A4 Folded + digital. 2-4.
SDV355705Leaflet: Passmore, M. + Passmore, A.. 2013. RAF Upottery. A Brief Introduction to Twentieth Century Military and Civil Defence Archae. 49. A4 Folded + digital.
SDV36413Migrated Record:
SDV36414Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV47202Part of: Upottery Airfield (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4884 - Site Visit to Royal Air Force AML Bombing Teacher at Upottery
  • EDV4948 - Blackdown Hills Airfield Survey

Date Last Edited:Jul 5 2019 2:14PM