54/725600 - 1 mile north of Montrose on A92
Montrose is the oldest Scottish Military Airfield dating back to 1912.
Initially the area fell within 13 Group Fighter command and defensive
deployments to RAF Montrose took place at the outbreak of the war. Spitfires
from 603 Squadron (city of Edinburgh) operated from Montrose from January
to August 1940 before being sent to the Battle of Britain. During the
Battle of Britain a number of units badly mauled during the fall of
France were sent North to rest. At Montrose these included the Spitfires
of B flight 603 Squadron, Hurricanes from 111 Squadron and Defiant's
of 141 Squadron.
603 Squadron had fighter
protection in the shape of Spitfires, If an approaching enemy aircraft
was reported. A red varylight was fired and training aircraft cleared
the area to allow Spitfires to take off and attack. Because of the proximity
to the coast, attacks were normally unmolested due to the airfield being
taken by surprise.
On 25th October 1940,
3 JU88s dropped 24 bombs on Montrose killing 5 men, injuring 18 and
destroying two hangers. Also destroyed was the officers mess. One of
the last recorded attacks took place on a snowy February in 1941 when
a He111 made two runs across the airfield, the aircraft did to fire
but ground defences opened fire without success.
A number of aircraft
which crashed in the hills nearby, parts can still be seen. These parts
are from Oxfords,Masters and a hurricane although not all are from Montrose.
A favourite trick amongst training pilots on night flights was to Taxi
to the far end of the airfield, and return after a suitable interval
giving the impression that they had been flying.
Apparently the Airforce
buried a lot of rubbish at the North End Of the site - Easier than carting
it away to a tip!
What's left: -
several Hangers which are now used by local industries, it is possible
to drive round old Taxiways beside the Football pitches. Several building
are dotted round the site.
There is a Museum located
close to the Airfield, the address is listed below, It houses an excellent
collection of exhibits covering the airfield and aviation history. Located
outside are aircraft, a pillbox and other equipment. Well worth a visit.
Air Station Museum
Looking at one of the Bellman 8349/37 hangers and the Air Museum.The
Museum building is the old RFC Flight Office.
The Old Control Tower, the upper part was demolished as it was unsafe.
This was a Type 12779/41
A taxiway leading to one of the Hangers
Looking across the airfield, Overgrown and the occasional building.
Looking along an old Taxiway
on the old railway bridge, looking at old buildings