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HER Number:MDV78369
Name:Fighter Pens, Exeter Airfield

Summary

Two World War II fighter pens.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 003 941
Map Sheet:SY09SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishClyst Honiton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCLYST HONITON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BLAST PEN (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Francis, P., 1999, Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council, 99 (Report - non-specific). SDV323390.

Two fighter aircraft pens of Flight "AK", Type 11070/40. Designed for the protection of two single-engined fighters. In poor condition, with much of the traversed walls demolished and only the permanent brick structure surviving... Other details: Site 144 + 145; Map 10.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Passmore, A., 2012, Fire Behaviour Training Centre, Exeter Airport, Devon: Results of Historic Building Recording (Report - Survey). SDV349810.

Historic building recording of two Second World War fighter pens at the former RAF Exeter (now Exeter International Airport), Devon was undertaken by AC archaeology in March 2012, prior to their demolition, and the rebuilding and upgrading of a Fire Behaviour Training Centre.The pens are two of a group of three and would have housed four of the six fighter planes in a 'flight'.
The two pens were used by ‘AK’ flight. The pens conform to design 11070/40 that became the became the standard layout for dispersal pens, and are of the original type B design, with two bays divided by a spine wall.

Gaimster, M., 2012, Post-Medieval Fieldwork in Britain and Northern Ireland in 2011 (Article in Serial). SDV361576.

CLYST HONITON, EXETER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (SY 00313 94148). A. J. Passmore (AC Archaeology) recorded two WW2 fighter pens at the former RAF Exeter prior to demolition. The pens are two of a group of three and would have housed four of the six fighter planes in a ‘flight’. Both pens are of the original type B design (11070/40) with two bays divided by a central spine wall that contains, at its front, a pre-cast concrete Stanton shelter. At the end of Pen 145 is a wall orientated to defend against an attack from parachutists landing within the airfield.

Pillbox Study Group, 2012, WWII Defence Sites, e10402, 3 (Un-published). SDV357880.

Aircraft dispersal pens (Type 11070/40). Protected dispersal areas for fighter aircraft.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV323390Report - non-specific: Francis, P.. 1999. Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council. Airfield Research Publishing Report. Digital + A4. 99.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #105245 ]
SDV349810Report - Survey: Passmore, A.. 2012. Fire Behaviour Training Centre, Exeter Airport, Devon: Results of Historic Building Recording. AC Archaeology Report. ACD363/2/0. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV357880Un-published: Pillbox Study Group. 2012. WWII Defence Sites. Digital. e10402, 3.
SDV361576Article in Serial: Gaimster, M.. 2012. Post-Medieval Fieldwork in Britain and Northern Ireland in 2011. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 46. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV48842Part of: Exeter Airfield (Military) (Monument)
MDV78376Related to: Fighter Pen Defended Wall, Exeter Airfield (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4774 - Historic Airport Survey, Exeter Airport

Date Last Edited:Mar 13 2020 8:22AM