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Anti-Aircraft Gun Emplacement

Ack-Ack Gun Emplacement Carlton Undated

X94 – Anti – Aircraft Gun Emplacement – Undated.

Title Anti – Aircraft Gun Emplacement
Date Undated
Location Carlton
Photo ID X94
Comment This gun emplacement was sited here as protection for the airport and the AVRO factory during the 2nd World War. This view is from Otley Old Road.

The fact that anti-aircraft guns were sited in Carlton on one of the farms during the Second World War is widely known, but to be able to see them from the air makes such a big difference.
The images and information has been supplied to us by Ken Cothliff who is the Archivist for Leeds Bradford Airport.

“Existing to the west of the Avro Factory site, north of the airport is a rare relic of World War Two.
Often thought of as a “radar” site it is, in fact, a complete anti-aircraft gun emplacement for four 3.7″ guns and central predictor/control bunker.

It is understood that few of these have survived so complete, according to the archivist of the Royal Artillery Museum in London.

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Ack-Ack Gun Emplacement Carlton Undated

FB147 – Anti – Aircraft Gun Emplacement – 2011.

Anti – Aircraft Gun Emplacement – 2011.

It can be seen from the aerial photograph, taken in the summer of 2011, with the help of Capt. Chris Wood of Multiflight, four guns, with 3.7″ (95mm) bore barrels were mounted on circular mounts (See left hand gun pit), and in the centre of the semi-circle of four guns was the ‘Predictor unit’ which helped determine the range and height of the enemy aircraft.

Anti-Aircraft Carlton 2011

FB148 – Anti – Aircraft Gun Emplacement – 2011.

Anti – Aircraft Gun Emplacement – 2011.

Shown here is a predictor unit of the type used being shown to Fl. Lt. Bill Reid VC, who won his award flying a Yeadon-built Lancaster on 3 November 1943.

Anti-Aircraft Carlton 2011

FB149 – Anti – Aircraft Gun Emplacement – 2011.

Anti – Aircraft Gun Emplacement – 2011.

Often these guns were manned by female gun crews, but the Yeadon guns were manned by 1st/6th Battalion the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.”

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Bill Reid VC BSc. also visited the AVRO Factory at Yeadon on a moral boosting tour in December 1943, along with the four surviving members of his crew and thanked the Avro workers for their contribution to the war effort.

He was presented with a silver model of a Lancaster by the works manager H W Harper.
22 May 2013

Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 20 March 2021.
Last updated: 16 November 2022 – All images updated. 02 October 2022 – Photo ID FB148 & FB149 updated.

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