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Location of RMA Siege Gun "Sylvia"


FionaBam

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I know from RNAS 2 Squadron Daily Ops and from their Dunkirk Summaries that RMA Siege Gun  "Sylvia " was targeting the Luegenboom gun on 22nd March 1918.

I have location of other RMA Batteries such as "Stella" but cannot pin down exactly where "Sylvia" was.

Am I right in thinking that "Sylvia" was mobile? 

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Looking at the list of guns as it appears in Blumberg's history of the RM, I cannot find a gun named 'Sylvia'
In 'B'  Group however, there is a “9.2-inch gun on a railway mounting” which appears to be the only one which is un-named.   
If this is the gun which the RNAS referred to as Sylvia (?) then 

7 hours ago, FionaBam said:

Am I right in thinking that "Sylvia" was mobile? 

Yes, it was mobile

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7 hours ago, michaeldr said:

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Looking at the list of guns as it appears in Blumberg's history of the RM, I cannot find a gun named 'Sylvia'
In 'B'  Group however, there is a “9.2-inch gun on a railway mounting” which appears to be the only one which is un-named.   
If this is the gun which the RNAS referred to as Sylvia (?) then 

Yes, it was mobile

That sounds very likely indeed as I need a gun located in the Yser inundations area. And the railway line from Nieuport ran North to South from the coast to Dixmunde and at its raised height would have made an excellent platform for a mobile gun 

Thank you !this is super !

I shall confer with my colleague @Mike

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8 hours ago, michaeldr said:

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Looking at the list of guns as it appears in Blumberg's history of the RM, I cannot find a gun named 'Sylvia'
In 'B'  Group however, there is a “9.2-inch gun on a railway mounting” which appears to be the only one which is un-named.   
If this is the gun which the RNAS referred to as Sylvia (?) then 

Yes, it was mobile

A super little book arrived yesterday and heres a photo from it showing an observation post surrounded by the waters of the inundations. " Sylvia" could have been supported in this way or by being on the railway track 

 

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IF (?) the gun designated as 'Sylvia' by the RNAS was in fact the 9.2-inch gun on a railway mounting” then the total weight of the gun + railway mounting would have been very substantial indeed (see https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fscaletrainsclub.com%2Fboard%2Fdownload%2Ffile.php%3Fid%3D204681&psig=AOvVaw3yArlih4jdqoY9Qg4Zsrzc&ust=1680095347793000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=2ahUKEwil_LWE2f79AhUL6qQKHcPTDKkQjhx6BAgAEAw)

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3 hours ago, michaeldr said:

IF (?) the gun designated as 'Sylvia' by the RNAS was in fact the 9.2-inch gun on a railway mounting” then the total weight of the gun + railway mounting would have been very substantial indeed (see https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fscaletrainsclub.com%2Fboard%2Fdownload%2Ffile.php%3Fid%3D204681&psig=AOvVaw3yArlih4jdqoY9Qg4Zsrzc&ust=1680095347793000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=2ahUKEwil_LWE2f79AhUL6qQKHcPTDKkQjhx6BAgAEAw)

I see ....thank you . Too quick to conclude this clearly. Much appreciated. 

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