A ‘baby GDA’: Norwich’s airspace during the Second World War

Gregory, Derwin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9647-5013 (2020) A ‘baby GDA’: Norwich’s airspace during the Second World War. Landscapes, 19 (2). pp. 150-168. ISSN 1466-2035

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Throughout the Second World War, the Luftwaffe attacked Norwich on various occasions. The impact this had on the city was recorded visually on the ‘Norwich Bomb Map’. This cartographic depiction, however, only records a single ‘horizontal’ component of the aerial ‘battlescape’. In reality, the aerial battlefield comprised a combination of Norwich’s air defences and the flightpaths of the Luftwaffe bombers, which existed in three-dimensional space. As other scholars have developed methodologies for reconstructing anti-aircraft ‘fire domes’, this article will combine these concepts with a new approach that reconstructs historic flightpaths to give a three-dimensional overview of Norwich’s ‘Gun Defended Area’. By examining all components of Norwich’s airspace, this article will demonstrate the importance of considering the vertical component of a battlescape.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: air defence,luftwaffe,norwich,aerial battlescape,airspace,bombscape,firedome,archaeology,geography, planning and development,history,archaeology,nature and landscape conservation ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1204
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2020 10:52
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 17:54
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/74490
DOI: 10.1080/14662035.2020.1740542


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