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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
RAF Wartling R3 Bunker, Sussex
RAF Wartling is located in East Sussex and originally became operational during World War II as a Ground Controlled Intercept (GCI) early warning radar site, supporting the nearby Chain Home station at Pevensey. As with a number of WW2 Radar sites, Wartling was again used as part of the ROTOR radar programme during the Cold War. The bunker at Wartling is a standard, completely underground, R3 type. It is accessed through a concrete blockhouse on the surface (the emergency exit) and is on two levels with over thirty rooms in total. Unfortunately, the lower level of the bunker was flooded (although it was pumped out by Sub Brit some years ago, and the main corridor is now passable). However, the flooding has caused much deterioration of the bunker and weakened the wooden floors making them very dangerous.
The bunker is privately owned, this trip was specially arranged for Sub Brit & KURG.