15th January 2020 – UK Maritime Surveillance Radars for the RAF, 1946-2010

Professor Simon Watts

79 people attended the latest MRATHS meeting, in Malvern College’s Lewis lecture theatre.  After welcoming visitors, we heard about the sad loss of three ex-colleagues with Gordon Burrows giving a humorous yet poignant personal insight into Ramsay Shearman.

Updates were provided on the demolition and recording of south site and we were shown air and ground videos along with illustrative 3D walkthrough scans of A and H buildings.  In a similar vein, a plea was made for memories that might help reconstruct the contents of the Guarlford Listening Post.

The main talk was by Professor Simon Watts who presented a thorough and authoritative history of the development of the UK’s maritime surveillance radars and the aircraft hosting them.  Simon had been personally involved in many of these developments and the audience took the opportunity to ask questions drawing on his knowledge and experience.

As usual, attendees enjoyed the opportunity to chat and catch up over a coffee and biscuit at the end of the evening.

DAVID WHITAKER