Battery AA5

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Battery AA5 (1920-1945) - Battery AA5 was a reinforced concrete, World War II 3 inch anti-aircraft gun battery on Fort Funston, California. Battery construction started in 1920, with two gun plugs and guns mounted in 1925. An additional gun plug and gun was added in 1938. A magazine and power room were added in 1943. Deactivated in 1945.

Battery AA5 Remains of Gun Position #2
Battery AA5 Power and Storage Building

Battery AA5 History

Part of the Harbor Defense of San Francisco.

World War II

Originally built in 1920 as a two gun anti-aircraft battery with two anti-aircraft 3" M1917MI guns mounted on M1917 carriages. A third 3" M1917MI gun mounted on a M1917 carriage was added in 1938. A magazine and power room were added in 1943.

Battery AA5 Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 3" Rifle ?" M1917MI 97 Watervliet Pedestal, M1917, #125, Watertown 1925-1945 See note 1
2 3" Rifle ?" M1917MI 116 Watervliet Pedestal, M1917, #157, Watertown 1925-1945 See note 1
3 3" Rifle ?" M1917MI ? Watervliet Pedestal, M1917, #?, Watertown 1938-1945 See note 1
Source: Kent, Matthew W., Harbor Defenses of San Francisco - A Field Guide 1890 to 1950, Copyright 2009, Blurb, ISBN 978-1-61584-163-9 Coast Defense Study Group, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 76-77, 214
Note 1:
Battery AA5 Plan


Current Status

Part of the Golden Gate Recreation Area (GGNRA) administered by the National Park Service. Magazine, power room and remains of the three gun plug visible. No period guns or mounts in place.


Location: Fort Funston, California

Maps & Images

Lat: 37.722893 Long: -122.503867

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Visited: 24 Aug 2009

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