Chain Home RDF station, Rye aerial photo
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aerial photograph of Rye Radar Station Receiver Site Rye East Sussex UK.
Not much remains to be seen no, just the outline of some of the buildings and the base of the Antenna tower, but this site played a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. It was one of the first radar stations known as "Chain Home" which was used to locate inbound enemy aircraft so that our fighters could be directed to intercept them. There were 32 stations in the Chain Home network and Rye RDF station was built just before the war started . The site included Lewis Gun anti aircraft positions to defend against enemy attack. The site is quite well preserved with the receiver building still standing. The masts were made of timber and are long gone.These pre war Radar sites were divided in two with one part of the site housing receiver and the other transmitter. The site was bombed, along with other Chain Home stations on Adlertag , 13th August 1940. All the buildings were hit and put out of action but were soon back up and running. After the war the site served as part of the ROTOR cold war radar system but was abandoned and sold off in 1958.
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