ANTI-AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS ROOM
69 MILSON RD. CREMORNE
SYDNEY, NSW
DURING WW2

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An Anti-aircraft Operations Room was established at 69 Milson Road, Cremorne, Sydney in about 1941 .

Its design was based on the English standards. It was responsible for operation of both AA Gun and Searchlight Batteries. The Operations Room accounted for all aircraft approaching the defended area including domestic civilian flights and any training aircraft. A searchlight Duty Officer was on duty at the Operations Room during the night and a Gunnery Duty Officer during daylight hours.

69 Milson Road was a two storey brick 1920's-style house located on high ground. It was well hidden behind some trees and tall shrubs. The front door looked directly over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There was a winding path leading up to the front door.

 


Photo:- Phil Jackson

69 Milson Road, the former Antiaircraft Operations Room

 

In early 1942, Plotting tables and Computers (not electronic ones) were installed in the basement of the building. Personnel were brought in for training in the newly adopted AASL Drills.

Twelve Sappers from 62 AASL Coy were attached to this location and lived on site.

 

REFERENCES

"Expose - A History of Searchlights in WWII"
by Noel F. Hill

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Phil Jackson for his assistance with this web page.

 

 

 

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