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5888


Newcastle


Dinnington, Ground Controlled Interception Station


Dinnington


NZ17SE


Defence


Military Observation Site


Radar Station


Modern


C20


Documentary Evidence


Station 14G. Ground controlled interception radar was used for guiding night fighters onto attacking bombers. The earliest stations were "mobile" - they had equipment on wheeled caravans and temporary wooden hutting. "Intermediate" stations had aerial arrays mounted above and below a metal gantry, with separate operations huts. "Final" stations built from 1942 onwards had a brick operations block, known as "Happidromes", with a single rotating aerial array, with the equipment housed in a well underneath. The Dinnington GCI Station was in operation by April 1941.


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738


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<< HER 5888 >> Council For British Archaeology, 1995, Twentieth Century, Defences in Britain - An Introductory Guide Handbook of The Defence of Britain Project, p 45 C.S. Dobinson, 2000, Twentieth Century Fortifications in England, Acoustics and radar, Appendices, Vol VII, 2,p 173

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