Monument record MCC4883 - Birch WWII Airfield - No. 3 Dispersed Site, Messing-cum-Inworth


Dispersed site associated with WW2 airfield - single building extant.


Grid reference Centred TL 9060 1858 (310m by 353m)
Map sheet TL91NW


Type and Period (1)

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1996: Dispersed site associated with WW2 airfield; single building extant in unknown condition.<2> Aerial photos.<3><4>

May 2006: An Air Ministry plan of Birch Airfield and its Dispersed Sites, dated November 1944, shows Dispersed Site No 3 as the Mess Site with 18 buildings and other structures. This site, SW of the airfield, is now an open field with just one semi-derelict building surviving. This was the CO’s Quarters, a brick built single storey building with Crittall windows. Described on the plan as being constructed of “temporary brick”, viewed from a distance the structure is now deteriorating with large cracks up the walls. One photo of site.<5><6>

See also <7>.

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: Bowyer, Michael J. 1979. Action Stations: Military Airfields of East Anglia Vol.1.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: Thorpe, Simon. 1996. Military Airfields in Essex during WWII.
  • <3> AP: unknown. 1960. 17 - 046, 17 - 047, 17 - 048, 18 -017.
  • <4> AP: unknown. 1990. 20 - 5305, 20 - 5306.
  • <5> Map: Air Ministry. 1944. Birch Airfield Record Site Plan. Dispersed Sites Nos. 2-14.
  • <6> Photograph: Nash, Fred. 2006. Birch WWII Airfield - no. 3 Dispersed Site. 1 frame, May 2006.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Nash, Fred. 2007. SURVEY OF WORLD WAR TWO DEFENCES IN THE BOROUGH OF COLCHESTER. VOLUME 1. Volume 1.

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Jun 15 2020 10:07AM

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