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1952 (© Ian Dobinson via Brian)
Silloth Airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, industry
Tower Type:
Watch Office with Met Section 518/40
Tower:
Demolished
Other Buildings:
Many, including hangars, pillboxes, etc
History:
6/39, Opened as Maintenance Command Station (22 MU) but transferred to Coastal Command Group Pool, 11/39 with Ansons, Beauforts, Bothas and Hudsons. This unit became No. 1 Operational Training Unit 4/40, staying until 3/43 when it moved to Thornaby. Station suffered several air raids in 1940.
10/3/43 to 7/45, No. 6 OTU with Wellingtons and Ansons, 311 (Czech) Sqn with Liberators.
Postwar used for storage and scrapping of Ansons, Dakotas, Lancasters, Yorks and other types by 22 MU.
10/45 to 1/46, 1353 Target Towing Flight with Spitfires and Vengeances.
10/45, No. 5 Ferry Pool formed here as Ferry Flight replacing ATA Units.
RAF Station
Airfield:
OTU
Opened:
6/1939
Closed:
/1960
Airfield code:
IS
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
3 concrete
Hangars:
1- Bellman, 1- A1, 3- C, 4- D, 4- L, 5- Super Robin, 6- E, 13- Robin
County:
Cumbria
Location:
1 mile E of Silloth
OS Ref:
NY124436
Links
Russell Barnes Cumbria Defences website, for full information on these photographs: www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~rwbarnes/defence/silloth2.htm
©
All Silloth Photographs © Russell Barnes
2000 (© Russell Barnes)
2000 Silloth (© Russell Barnes)
1999 Similar Fort on diplay at Duxford
Pickett-Hamilton Counterbalance Fort
RAF Silloth airfield
RAF Silloth airfield www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002