Yes, I know: it should be a 48-star flag... The 115th A.A.A. Gun Battalion, 1943 to 1945

England (Part 4)

B-Battery At Lippitts Hill

[Note: Spelling of "Lippets Hill" as orginally used in this section has been corrected. - Ed.]

At 0630, March 14th, 1944, "B" Battery left Camp Blandford on a 110 mile convoy to Lippitts Hill on the outskirts of London. Their mission was to be part of the A.A. defense of that great city. After an all day trip, "B" Battery entered the famous Epping Forest, scene of Robin Hood's advenltures, and pulled into the Lippitts Hill gun site. The Battery of the 184th whom we were to relieve was to remain in action that night, so after a hot meal the men wandered around the area. Everyone was more than pleased with the concrete gun pits, paved roads, concrete C.P., large barracks, showers, separate mess hall, large dance hall and best of all a pub directly across from the main gate.

"A" Battery, 184th AAA
I have learned from David Anderson, whose father was in the 184th, that it was "A" Battery of the 184th that was relieved and sent off for mobility training. For more information see Symphony in B Flak.

After seeing the sights, everyone bedded down for the night and soon silence reigned over the camp. When "Wham" the alarm sounded at 2300 hours and the men of the 184th were heard running to their positions. All of "B" Battery turned out to watch the show and what a show it was! Tracers from the British Bofors and bursts from the 90's filled the sky; above the sounds of bursting shells could be heard the peculiar whine of the German planes.

The next morning "B" Battery moved their equipment into position, everyone working hard so as to be ready for the planes they were hoping would come over that night.

At 2110 the "Factory Warning" came through, then the command "All sites take post". All the equipment was manned in a hurry and the men waited tense and expectant. Then came the notice of "Attack in progress" and firing could be seen in the distance. The radar picked up a target, it came in range, then the command "Fire" was given and the 90's went off. Thus on March 15th, 1944, "B" Battery was the first battery of the 115th to fire on the enemy. Each night thereafter was a repetition of the first night.

On their time off the men were able to visit London and other cities in the neighborhood. The English batteries on nearby sites had the men, over to their dances and on Saturday nights "B" Battery had dances attended by the A.T.S. and the local girls.

April 21st brought the news of moving back to join the battalion at Blandford and on the morning of April 22nd it was a sad "B" Battery that started the 110 mile convoy back to participate in the final pre-invasion preparations.

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... detached B-Battery from Camp Blandford on 14 March, 1944, for A.A. defense duty at Lippitts Hill on the outskirts of London. There they relieve Battery "A" of the 184th AAA Gun Bn. Firing against the enemy begins the first night they are on duty, and continues each night for about five weeks. B-Battery rejoins the rest of the 115th at Camp Blandford on 22 April.
Updated Wednesday June 08, 2005 08:17:30 PDT
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