Blast Pen 11

Blast Pen 11 from an Aerial Photograph of the Airfield from May 1947
Historic England
Blast Pen 11 from an Aerial Photograph of the Airfield from April 2020
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  • Pen 11 is the second most southerly of the pens on the western side of the airfield and faces north east. It is known today as “The Tribute Pen”.
  • Today, the pen is the most complete representation of what a pen would have looked like during World War II. However, the brickwork on the outer arm end walls was rebuilt in the 1990s and is of an incorrect shape. The entire centre section was built in 2017 and, again, the end wall is of an incorrect shape.
  • The pen is of the smaller type found at Kenley, the original two bays would have been approximately 16.5m x 16.5m each.
  • The left front doorway has access to the rear doorway. Large steel doors secure both ends of the shelter.
  • All three doorways have single-element lintels.
  • The rear retaining wall is of brick construction, XXm long and XXm thick and is XXm tall at it’s highest point.
  • Each bay has a soakaway drain situated in the interior corner where the side wall meets the rear. A drainage channel of 0.25m width runs the length of the side wall and leads into the drain.

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