email@example.com. © Historic Environment Scotland. Nowadays the scenic Solway coastline of Dumfries and Galloway is best described as a quiet place, less travelled by visitors to Scotland. Follow on Twitter, Chapter 1 – Life after HM Factory Gretna. The remains of one plane can still be seen at low tide at Grune Point, which is also the location for a distinctive pillbox lookout post, said to be unique as it is made of concrete-filled sandbags. The airfield was also home to the creation of the ‘Silloth Trainer’, a type of flight simulator, used to train pilots. Classification Aircraft (20th Century) Alternative Name(s) L5717; 'three Miles East Of Southerness'; Southerness Point. Based on oral history accounts and comprehensive research, this book charts the military history of the Solway area post World War One. NLO: Southerness Point [name: NX 979 540]. Chapter 4 – War comes to Gretna.
The Solway Firth was nicknamed Hudson Bay because of the bomber planes of that name which crashed there. References. Defective engines passed through the various workshops before being test run in one of the two, hangar like, athwartships test bays on the aft of the ship. RAF Silloth was bombed in 1940, which led to the creation of ‘dispersal areas’ in requisitioned farmland to spread out the military resources based there and minimise any collateral damage. The loss of this aircraft may have occurred on the English side of the Solway Firth. The fast running tides of the Solway Firth have ebbed and flowed for thousands of years, but, in the last one hundred years the role of the Solway hinterland has changed even more dramatically than those turning tides. Administrative Areas. It’s the third largest estuary in the UK and is a Special Area of Conservation, comprised of coastal dunes, salt marshes, raised mires and agricultural land.
Archaeology Notes. (Classified as Fairey Battle I: date of loss cited as 11 July 1942). Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 14 August 2009. On both the Silloth and Kirkbride airfields, many of the old buildings and hangars still remain. They built a RNAS, Royal National Air Service, facility called HMS Nuthatch which was used as an aircraft receipt and dispatch unit. L5717: this aircraft of 1 OTU [RAF] suffered engine failure and ditched three miles East of Southerness [Southerness Point]. During the First and Second World Wars, huge munitions factories and airfields were built around the border between the two countries to support the national war efforts – Longtown, north of Carlisle, had a huge armaments depot, while Anthorn, Kirkbride and Silloth had airstrips.
An air-sea rescue unit was stationed in Silloth Docks but not every pilot survived because the sands didn’t make their missions easy. Details; Collections ; Images ; Overview. The first sod was cut at Annan in March 1865 and work began on building the iron structure, averaging about 34ft (10m) from rails to the bed of the Solway Firth. (Location of loss cited as N54 50.0 W3 40.0). Please Login or Register now. Evacuees, Barnardo’s Boys and Prisoners of War.
Anthorn is home to 13 towering antennae, used to communicate with submarines, and, since 2007, the ‘pips’ time signal, heard hourly on the BBC, have been broadcast from this remote site on the Cumbrian shore. The Ministry of Defence Depots – Eastriggs and Longtown, Chapter 2 – Munitions Memories. Fairey Battle I: Solway Firth. Cumbria MyCanmore Images. You can learn more about the area’s recent military past by following one of the Solway Military Trails.
You must be signed in to do this. RAF Kirkbride, to the east of Newton Arlosh, also opened in 1939 as a storage and maintenance base. Anthorn got its first runway in 1918, but once RAF Silloth was opened in 1939, Anthorn’s site became an emergency backup landing strip. Once again, attention would be turned to the Solway Coast to mobilise for this time of need.
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