Monument details

HER Number:2945/0/6
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:RAF Cranage Airfield Defences.- Aircrew Sleeping Shelter


The World War II defences of the former Airfield at Raf Cranage are a Scheduled Monument. It has been divided up in to six areas. These are the Airfield Defence Head Quarters and Gun pit, three complete Pillboxes, one demolished Pillbox and an aircrew Sleeping Shelter. It was built as an aircraft storage facility shortly before the outbreak of World War Il.

The sleeping shelter is built of brick and concrete and would have accommodated a maximum of 22 airmen. Inside there are 11 cubicles separated by brick partitions on either side of a central passageway with two bunks in each. All the partitions except one at the northern end complete with two in-situ wooden bunks have now been removed. External blast walls protecting the sleeping shelter have now been removed and widened to allow access for farm animals.


Monument Types

  • BARRACKS (Second World War - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1020762: World War II Defences Of The Former Airfield Of Raf Cranage

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