Monument record 0666202000 - N of Woodgreen Farm


Triangular World War II bombing target north of Woodgreen Farm

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded


Type and Period (3)

  • TARGET? (Modern - 1939 AD? to 1945 AD?)
  • BOMBING RANGE TARGET (20th Century - 1900 AD to 1999 AD)
  • BOMB CRATER (20th Century - 1900 AD to 1999 AD)


Triangular bombing target seen as soilmark in APs, associated with bombing range.

A Second World War bombing range target is visible on historic aerial photographs and was mapped as part of the North Buckinghamshire Aerial Investigation and Mapping project (EBC18304). Located about 680 metres north of Woodgreen Farm, east of Whitfield Wood and centred at SP 64791 39189, the bombing target is part of a larger bombing range (HER No MBC22339) that has its focus at Woodgreen Farm. The bombing range is already established on aerial photographs taken in 1942. By 1944, a triangular bombing target is centred at SP 464797 239167, comprising three rectangular structures of uncertain construction, each about 11 x 2 metres. No other features except a possible bomb crater were visible near the bombing target triangle at that time. By 1946, the triangular structure had been demolished or removed; in its place, just to the NNW and centred at SP 64795 39187, is a large circular ditch or turf cut about 2 metres wide, such as seen at a similar bombing range near RAF Beaulieu in Hampshire. Within the circle is a triangle, with each side about 35 metres long. Still visible in 1947, the bombing range targets have been demolished or levelled by 1973, though the possible bomb crater is still visible as a cropmark at that time (3-8).

Sources (8)

  • <1>SBC19489 Aerial Photograph: Jasair. 1988. Jasair 1988 Vertical AP. SP 64483966. Yes.
  • <2>SBC19488 Aerial Photograph: RAF 58 (PR) Squadron. 1947. RAF Vertical Aerial Photograph, 1947: Run 107, frame 4039. Yes.
  • <3>SBC26157 Aerial Photograph: Historic England. 2023. RAF-HLA-544 RV 6081 20-MAY-1942.
  • <4>SBC26158 Aerial Photograph: Historic England. 2023. US-7PH-GP-LOC201 STBD 12050 06-MAR-1944.
  • <5>SBC26159 Aerial Photograph: Historic England. 2023. RAF-3G-TUD-UK-86 RV 6005 26-MAR-1946.
  • <6>SBC26160 Aerial Photograph: Historic England. 2023. RAF-CPE-UK-1994 RS 4038 13-APR-1947.
  • <8>SBC26161 Aerial Photograph: Historic England. 2023. OS-73336 V 529 24-JUN-1973.
  • <10>SBC26162 Digital archive: RAF Beaulieu. 2023. Heighway, M. 2020. The Practice Bombing Target Range, RAF Beaulieu. Date Accessed 19-OCT-2022.


Grid reference SP 6481 3918 (point)
Civil Parish BIDDLESDEN, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

  • Event - Survey: Aerial investigation and mapping project (Ref: 7768) (EBC18304)

Record last edited

Jun 28 2023 2:47PM

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