NO7259 : RAF Montrose - airfield defences of WWII (1)

taken 27 days ago, near to Montrose, Angus, Great Britain

RAF Montrose - airfield defences of WWII (1)
RAF Montrose - airfield defences of WWII (1)
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Pillbox (type FW3/27): EDoB ID: e10088

Relics of the airfield are confined to those of the Second World War, this pillbox is among them, and lies on the E side of the airfield amongst the dunes. It's a type 27, an octagonal structure having a central well which served as a light anti-aircraft position, or for observation.

The airfield at Montrose was the first operational military aerodrome in the UK, established on 26 February 1913. Several different squadrons of the RFC served here during the First World War, as well as some units of the US Army Air Service. After the station closed in 1920, RAF Montrose was virtually unchanged when it reopened in 1936 as No. 8 Flying School. Between then and the end of the Battle of Britain some 800 pilots trained and got their 'wings' at Montrose. During WWII many different fighter squadrons of the RAF, Commonwealth, and other nationalities trained and served at Montrose during this time. Postwar it was home to 63 MU, although other activity was minimal up to the time of the Hong Kong Crisis and the Korean War, when the unit became very busy once again. The station closed in 1952.

NO7259 : RAF Montrose - airfield defences of WWII (2)
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 18 September, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 6 October, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Construction, Development  Defence, Military  Coastal 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NO 7290 5972 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:43.7010N 2:26.6692W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NO 7290 5972
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