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Site Name: RAF Sopley ('AVO') R3 GCI ROTOR Station

OS Grid Ref: SZ162978

RSG site visit 23rd May 2000

[Source: Nick Catford]

My father in law was involved in radar testing and procurement during WW2 and told me of an event at Sopley. They were trialling a searchlight control radar there and had arranged for a 'friendly' to fly over at an appointed hour. The radar duly locked onto an aircraft and the searchlight illuminated him. He was however not the friendly they expected but a German aircraft which proceeded to shoot at them. - From Alan Watson

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[Source: Nick Catford]

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