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1981 (© Paul Francis)
RAF 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:
06/1939, Opened as Maintenance Command Station (No.22 MU) but transferred to Coastal Command Group Pool, 11/1939 with Ansons, Beauforts, Bothas and Hudsons. This unit became No. 1 Operational Training Unit 04/1940, staying until 03/1943 when it moved to Thornaby.
Airfield suffered several air raids during 1940.
10/03/1943 to 07/1945, No. 6 OTU with Wellingtons and Ansons, No. 311 (Czech) Squadron with Liberators.
Postwar used for storage and scrapping of Ansons, Dakotas, Lancasters, Yorks and other types by 22 MU.
10/1945 to 01/1946, No. 1353 Target Towing Flight with Spitfires and Vengeances.
10/1945, No. 5 Ferry Pool formed here as Ferry Flight replacing ATA Units.
RAF Silloth airfield
1952 (© Ian Dobinson via Brian)
RAF Silloth airfield
Airfield:
OTU
Opened:
06/1939
Closed:
/1960
Airfield code:
IS
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
3x - concrete
Hangars:
1x - Bellman, 1x - A1, 3x - C, 4x - D, 4x - L, 5x - Super Robin, 6x - E, 13x - 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
©:
Photographs copyright © as stated
RAF Silloth airfield
2000 (© Russell Barnes)
2000 Silloth (© Russell Barnes)
1999 Similar Fort on diplay at Duxford
Pickett-Hamilton Counterbalance Fort
RAF Silloth airfield
RAF Silloth airfield and control tower - www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002 -
- updated 04/02/2017 -