Antiaircraft battery No. 3
Fort Worden, HD Puget Sound
A.M.T.B. btry Ft. Flagler.

A battery of two 3-inch antiaircraft guns was built on top of the bluff at Fort Worden in 1920. In 1937 a third gun was added as well as two new director positions. Also, a store room in Battery Randol's plotting/BC complex was converted for use as a power plant for the AA battery.

Two new fire direction positions were built in 1941, a new director shelter and also a height finder shelter. The new shelters consisted of a concrete pit eight and a half feet square and about four feet deep. Each had a roof made form sheet metal and wood. The roofs could be removed by rolling them to the side on a concrete track. This was done to give the instrument a clear view of the sky.

I have been unable to locate any remains of the AA gun pads or the pre-1941 director shelters.






Height finder



The front of the height finder shelter.
Looking up at the inside of the roof.
Looking south.
The northwest corner of the shelter.




Director shelter



The front of the director shelter.
Looking down into the shelter.
The north wall.
Cable conduits in the south wall.
Looking northeast.
Detail of a roller.
The instrument recess in the floor.




Power plant



Battery Randol's plotting/BC complex, the power plant was in the far left hand room.
Looking southwest in the power room.
Looking northeast.




RCWs
There's a whole bunch of RCWs for the AA battery, so I will just upload the newest ones for now.

Also see the 1944 Puget Sound E Annex for more information

Form 1February 1, 1938
Form 2 AA director installations.November 24, 1941
Location plan of AA director installations.November 24, 1941



Access info:
The shelters are in a heavily overgrown area to the southeast of Battery Brannan and are rather hard to find.

The power plant however, is easy to get to. Just follow the old road up the back of the bluff and take a right at the first fork to get to Battery Randol.

All photos from Sep 2003, unless otherwise noted.

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