Dispersal Bay & Air-Raid
In time for
the 70th Anniversary celebrations in August 2011, permission was
sought to restore one of the Airfield's Dispersal Bays and in
particular, to open up the internal Air-Raid Shelter to visitors.
With support from Maristow Estate, Dartmoor National Park, West
Devon Borough Council and the Commoners, work started early in
the year to remove the self-sown trees growing on the Bay's arms,
and then to remove the build-up of soil and grass covering the
'floor' of the Bays.
latter part of this work was going on, we began to remove the tons
of rubble piled in the bricked-up entrances. (this has been stored
on-site as it is the demolished remains of the Pilot's Dispersal huts)
When these had been cleared, the block-work walls were removed and
custom-made steel gates were installed.
In the photos
below, the views are described as though viewing the bay whilst standing
at the back, where all three 'arms' meet.