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HER Number:MDV78371
Name:Fighter Pen, Exeter Airfield


World War II fighter pen with surviving defended walls.


Grid Reference:SY 002 940
Map Sheet:SY09SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishClyst Honiton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCLYST HONITON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Military structures; earthworks and archaeological remains of World War II, RAF Exeter and post medieval catchmeadows and orchard banks on footprint of modern Exeter Airport and to the east

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

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.

Fighter aircraft pen of Type 11070/40, for Flight "AK".
In poor condition, with much of the traversed walls demolished and only the permanent brick structure surviving.. This pen is interesting as it has surviving defended walls (Monument 57810), although access is difficult owing to spoil heaps and thick vegetation. Other details: Site 149; Map 10.

Pillbox Study Group, 2012-2020, WWII Defence Sites, e10404 (Un-published). SDV357880.

Aircraft dispersal pen (Type 11070/40). Protected dispersal area 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.
SDV357880Un-published: Pillbox Study Group. 2012-2020. WWII Defence Sites. Digital. e10404.

Associated Monuments

MDV48842Part of: Exeter Airfield (Military) (Monument)
MDV57810Related to: Fighter Pen Defended Wall, Exeter Airfield (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4774 - Historic Airport Survey, Exeter Airport

Date Last Edited:Jun 16 2021 1:35PM