Stansted Area WW2 Incident Maps
First impressions indicate that Stansted and Fairseat were singled out as targets for enemy activity. This is misleading as many incidents occurred in neighbouring Parishes: the maps only record War Diary references to Stansted, Fairseat and some in Trottiscliffe. In most cases there is little evidence now, as reported incidents tended to be in accessible areas or open fields, and the craters will have been back-filled. That said, plenty of craters still exist in the surrounding woods that obviously went unreported. Broadly, the maps reflect three different aspects of the War: The aircraft that crashed within days of each other at the height of the Battle of Britain, the bombs and incendiaries that were jettisoned by damaged enemy aircraft, either on their way, or on their return from bombing Docklands during the Blitz, and finally the V1’s which came down en-route to London. Some of these hit locally tethered Barrage Balloon cables, others fell short as a result of the contentious British Intelligence policy of using double agents to overstate the impact locations, causing the Germans to reduce the fuel load.
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