Suspected WWII Shell Found in Mersham Field

A suspected unexploded shell dating from WWII was discovered in a field near the village of Mersham in Kent. The exact type and condition of the device is unknown but an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team came to deal with the find. It is believed that a controlled explosion took place in situ.

Mersham is located in an area notoriously known as ‘Hellfire Corner’ during WWII, the main theatre of the Battle of Britain. Heavy bombing raids, numerous Allied and Luftwaffe aircraft crashes, and overworked Anti-Aircraft (AA) batteries characterised this part of the country during the early stages of the war and have contributed to regular finds of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) in the intervening years.

Indeed, the field in which the shell was found is adjacent to a former Heavy Anti-Aircraft (HAA) gun battery.