|near Danby, North Yorkshire, England|
|Height||360 feet (109.7 m)|
RAF Danby Beacon was an early warning radar station that formed part of the Chain Home network of radar (or Radio Direction Finding (RDF)) stations built by the Royal Air Force immediately prior to the Second World War.
The receiving masts were 240 feet (73.2 m) high timber structures and the transmitting masts were 360 feet (109.7 m) steel masts. The construction of these masts was the work of the RAF controlled, but civilian staffed, No 2 Installation Unit of No 1 Maintenance Unit (1 MU).
Second World WarEdit
During the first part of the war the station was under the control of 13 Group of Fighter Command. On 3 February 1940 it was a plot from Danby that led Hawker Hurricane aircraft from Blue section, 43 Squadron stationed at RAF Acklington to shoot down a Heinkel 111 bomber over Whitby. This was the first German aircraft shot down over England during the war, the British aircraft being under the command of (then) Flight Lieutenant Peter Townsend.
In 1946 the station moved to the control of 90 Group and continued to function in the early warning role until 1954 when the station ceased operating. The masts and buildings were demolished in 1957.
None of the structures remain but the site of the station is now marked by a memorial stone.
- ↑ Clark, Ted (16 December 2003). "My Experiences of Radar Installation". WW2 People's war. BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/91/a2137691.shtml. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- ↑ Pears, Brian (1994–2010). "Firsts". North-East Diary 1939-1945. http://www.ne-diary.bpears.org.uk/Bck/Firsts.html. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "Beacon lit for heroes". 16 April 2010. http://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/news/Beacon-lit-for-heroes.6232669.jp. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
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