Video: WW2 forts tour

Tower at Red Sand Fort

Tower at Red Sand Fort

I have been curious for some time, about several mysterious landmarks in the Thames Estuary, that feature on my Southern England aeronautical chart.  It turns out they are a network of former World War Two, Army and Navy sea forts.  I called upon local expert, Steve Groves from Project Redsand, to fill me in on the history of the forts, and invited him to come on a short flight to explore them.

The Maunsell forts lie between 8-12 nautical miles off the north Kent coastline, and defended London from German mines and bombers in the 1940s.  Steve and I flew out, to view them from the air.

The flight took place after the first snowfall in the London area of 2016.  As the aircraft is parked at Biggin Hill which is 600ft above sea level, 2 inches of snow had accumulated on the wings.  It was easy to brush off, however, and before long we were cruising out over the Isle of Sheppey towards the first of the forts, Red Sand.  Shivering Sand followed, then Knock John navy fort, and our tour ended with a fly-by of the remains of the Tongue Sand fort.

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For more information about the project to restore one of the forts visit the Project Redsand website.

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Courtesy Steve Groves

Video: Aerial Tour of the WW2 Sea Forts

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