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There were a many incidents during the war. The lighthouse was hit by machine gun fire during a German air raid on Lowestoft, 12th April 1943. One sad incident over the lighthouse, 22nd April 1944, was an ambush by German ME 410 night fighters, which shot down 9 U.S.A.F. Liberator bombers as they returned home late, after a German raid. In October 1944 a V1 flying bomb with a faulty gyroscope was spotted 100 ft above the waves heading straight for the lighthouse. With no time to call H.Q. the lookouts ran from the building only to see the bomb plunge into the sea in front of them. Toward the end of the war the 40mm Bofors batteries along these cliffs became very proficient at shooting down V1 bombs, very few making it to their targets. Later the V11 launching sites were moved to Holland, red exhausts at night and vapour trails in the day could be spotted over the Dutch coast and reported to H.Q., giving 4 minutes warning to London and other targets. The lookout was finally closed late in 1945 and the lighthouse returned to the holiday camp.

Lighthouse Bar - Photographer's darkroom

It is believed that part of the lighthouse and its attached cottages served as a bar for the Pakefield Hall Holiday camp during the 1930's, and in the 1960's it was used as a darkroom by the Pontin's Holiday centre photographers.