Anti-aircraft Position, Crackley

The anti-aircraft position at Crackley, mentioned in newspaper reports, is not widely known and it had become something of a personal enigma until I asked Roy Tuck who clearly remembered it. His work at the time involved electrical installations on farms and he recalls the guards on the gate and seeing the guns pointing into the air. In 'Nothing Was Wasted' (Odibourne Press, 1998) Frank Lowe recalls "searchlights in the fields at Huffadine's Farm up Crackley Lane".

The battery's form is still unknown. It is not listed on the Royal Artillery's website that records local permanent defence positions, but it is possible that it was used by one of the numerous mobile units although the ground irregularities shown below suggest there may have been at least some permanent structure. About three quarters of a mile away was the battery H57 at Gibbett Hill (the last field on the left when approaching the junction from Kenilworth), perhaps there is some connection.

There is not much to see when compared to Goodrest Farm but it is more accessible as a footpath passes through the field.

.  Perhaps in future years a more thorough investigation may take place.

 

DSC_6372_600

In this copse were buildings, the trees giving cover, that may have included ammunition storage. Roy Tuck told me he saw a typical war-time building made from curved corrugated iron built on a foundation of brick. There is some loose masonry visible in the copse but it is not possible to tell if this is related to WW2 activities. The lowest part of the copse is now flooded; the trees growing out of the 'pond' suggest this is recent.

 

DSC_6373_700

DSC_6374_700

Nearby, in an adjacent field, can be seen these earthworks that appear to have a circular formation. Clearly not conclusive, but they are the only obvious signs of a previous use in the fields.

 Please note that this field is not accessible without permisssion.