Scottish Airfields in the Second World War: Vol 3: the Grampians

Overview

The contribution of Scotland's airfields during the Second World War is sometimes underestimated, or even overlooked completely. Certainly, the aircraft that flew from the thirteen Grampians airfields of Banff, Dallachy, Dyce, East Fingask, Elgin, Fordooun, Forres, Fraserburgh, Kinloss, Lossiemouth, Milltown, Peterhead and Rattray were of crucial importance, keeping the North Sea open to allied ships, and taking the fight to the enemy.

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Overview

The contribution of Scotland's airfields during the Second World War is sometimes underestimated, or even overlooked completely. Certainly, the aircraft that flew from the thirteen Grampians airfields of Banff, Dallachy, Dyce, East Fingask, Elgin, Fordooun, Forres, Fraserburgh, Kinloss, Lossiemouth, Milltown, Peterhead and Rattray were of crucial importance, keeping the North Sea open to allied ships, and taking the fight to the enemy.

Kinloss and Lossiemouth became active in early 1939 and after the outbreak of war Mosquitos and Beaufighters from these airfields roamed the Norwegian coast in the hunt for enemy merchant vessels and airfields. Strike wings operated out of Banff, Callachy and Peterburgh along with Fraserburgh which, along with several other airfields, provided Air-Sea Rescue.

During the early months of 1942, several bomber operations were organised in an attempt to sink the German battleship Tirpitz , hiding out in a Norwegian fjord. On 12th November, a force of 30 Lancasters took off from Lossiemouth, each carrying 'Tallboy' bombs. The Tirpitz was hit by at least two bombs on this final attack, one managing to blow up her magazine.

All the airfields covered in this volume are either still in use or have substantial remains. Kinloss and Lossiemouth dominate the RAF presence in the area while Dyce has developed into one of Scotland's busiest airports. A Ministry of Defence presence at Milltown and Rattray has ensured a good level of preservation and even those airfields that were abandoned after the war still retain traces of their past.

Martyn Chorlton's thoroughly researched and action-packed book describes the history of these airfields, highlights the work carried out from them and describes their overall effect on the war. It will appeal equally to aviation enthusiasts and to readers who recall the era when Scottish skies throbbed with the drone of departing and returning aircraft.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846741692
  • Publisher: Countryside Books
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Pages: 192

Meet the Author

Martyn Chorlton is also the author of Scottish Airfields in the Second World War Vol.1: The Lothians, Scottish Airfields in the Second World War Vol.2: Fife & Central Region, Airfields of North-East England in the Second World War and Cumbria Airfields in the Second World War.

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Table of Contents

Map of the Grampian Airfields; Map of the Key Strike Wing targets on the Norway coast; Setting the Scene – The lie of the land – Early Norwegian operations – OTUs – Strike Wings – The Tirpitz – Memorials and Memories; Banff; Dallachy; Dyce; East Fingask; Elgin (Bogs o’Mayne and Miltonduff); Fordooun; Forres (Balnageith); Fraserburgh; Kinloss; Lossiemouth; Milltown; Peterhead (Longside and Lenabo); Rattray (Crimond); Civilians at War; Appendix: Units and their aircraft located at airfields in the Grampians during the Second World War; Glossary; Bibliography; Index

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