Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre Home of the first operational military air station in Great Britain. The Heritage Centre is run entirely by volunteers who keep its amazing history alive.
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Britain’s first operational military airfield was set up in Montrose by the Royal Flying Corps in 1913. The heritage centre's collection of photographs and artefacts tell the story of RFC/RAF Montrose through the words and deeds of the men and women who served here through two world wars, bringing the airfield alive and sparking the enthusiasm and admiration of generations for whom the First and Second Wars exists only in others’ memories.

Thanks to Dave Hodson Snr who posted this news item in the Montrose Memories Old & New Facebook Group.An Oxford bomber b...
31/05/2020

Thanks to Dave Hodson Snr who posted this news item in the Montrose Memories Old & New Facebook Group.

An Oxford bomber belonging to Broomfield Aerodrome, Montrose, made a forced landing in Montrose Tidal Basin. The tide was going out, and none of the occupants of the plane was the worse of the landing.

Photo shows a squad of R.A.F. men making an effort to salvage the aircraft before the incoming tide.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Saturday 12 August 1939

IMAGE © D.C.THOMSON & CO. LTD. IMAGE CREATED COURTESY OF THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

Over the years we've been privileged to receive some kind and generous donations that helps us piece together the histor...
30/05/2020

Over the years we've been privileged to receive some kind and generous donations that helps us piece together the history of Montrose Aerodrome.

These include a number of paintings giving a good idea of the colour schemes on aircraft used to train pilots through 8 Flying Training School at Montrose.

#painting #art #history #milesmaster #airspeed #oxford #montrose #aviation #avgeeks

From our archive we have many images of aircrew based at the Air Station between 1913 and 1920, most without any identif...
28/05/2020

From our archive we have many images of aircrew based at the Air Station between 1913 and 1920, most without any identification. It appears camera ownership was widespread.

Our photo's today are all entitled 'Friends of Alfred James Welstead'. We know Alfred was born in 1900, a carpenter by trade he enlisted in the newly formed Royal Air Force in 1918 and was soon posted to Montrose.

#ww1 #raf #montrose #carpenter #history

The day a Handley Page 0/400 Bomber arrived at Montrose in 1918.At the time it was the largest bomber in use by the Roya...
27/05/2020

The day a Handley Page 0/400 Bomber arrived at Montrose in 1918.

At the time it was the largest bomber in use by the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service. Although a very large aircraft the wings could be folded backwards to lie along the fuselage making it possible to be accommodated in a Bessonneau Hangar for storage or maintenance The US Air Service had ordered the 0/400 to equip bomber squadrons but the end of the war resulted in cancellation of the order, it is possible that training for the Americans on the type would have been carried out at Montrose.

#handleypage #bomber #ww1 #montrose #aviation #avgeeks #flying #rfc #rnas

Now here's an idea.........!!!#spitfire #aviation #avgeeks #supermarine #idea
26/05/2020

Now here's an idea.........!!!

#spitfire #aviation #avgeeks #supermarine #idea

Captain Henry Hammond Shott DSO (1877-1914)In 1913 Captain HH Shott was the first non-pilot officer to be specifically t...
26/05/2020

Captain Henry Hammond Shott DSO (1877-1914)

In 1913 Captain HH Shott was the first non-pilot officer to be specifically trained for for observation duties from aeroplanes. It was thought that pilots acting as observers were not ideal as they disliked being a passenger and were too pre-occupied monitoring the efforts of the pilot.

As a result experienced ground-based officers were to be trained. Capt HH Short fit the bill perfectly, being a vastly experienced officer with the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He then qualified as a pilot after his observer training.

Following his training he was directed to No.2 Squadron at Montrose in November 1913 and was stationed there for a short while. Returning to his regiment in December 1913, he was killed in action in August 1914.

#observer #lestweforget #ww1 #pilot #montrose #history #rfc

From our archives today we have some aerial photographs of Montrose taken during WW1 and the inter war years.#montrose #...
25/05/2020

From our archives today we have some aerial photographs of Montrose taken during WW1 and the inter war years.

#montrose #aerial #esk #angus #sleephillock #aviation #avgeeks

Thanks to some detective work by one of our volunteers, we've uncovered views of the Air Station hangars from different ...
23/05/2020

Thanks to some detective work by one of our volunteers, we've uncovered views of the Air Station hangars from different angles.

The first taken from the bridge in the 1930's and the second taken from Broomfield Junction in the late 60's/70s.

#montrose #hangars #train #junction #history #angus

Dipping back into our archives we have an image of a Curtiss JN-4 at Montrose Aerodrome.  This was an American training ...
22/05/2020

Dipping back into our archives we have an image of a Curtiss JN-4 at Montrose Aerodrome. This was an American training aircraft nicknamed Jenny on both sides of the Atlantic, the RNAS and RFC used them for training, and some were used at Montrose.

It was one of the most produced aircraft of the First World War. Following the end of the war the US Air Service contracted dramatically and hundreds of these aircraft were sold very cheaply to civilians, many who had learned to fly during the war, it became a very popular aircraft, equipping flying clubs and was also used in the famous barnstorming shows of the 1920's.

#montrose #aviation #avgeeks #curtiss #jenny #ww1 #history

For our trip into the archives today we're showing some images of aircraft and pilots from the early history of the Air ...
21/05/2020

For our trip into the archives today we're showing some images of aircraft and pilots from the early history of the Air Station.

Some of the aircraft shown are unarmed as they were used for training purposes. Training in armed aircraft came only when the pilots were deemed competent in flying.

#ww1 #pilot #montrose #aviation #greatwar #avgeeks #sopwith #bristol #biplane

Dipping into our archives........what links RAF Montrose with 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium'?The answer is Bill ...
19/05/2020

Dipping into our archives........what links RAF Montrose with 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium'?

The answer is Bill Lyon-Shaw.

During World War Two, Bill was stationed at RAF Montrose as a Signals Officer. After the War he had a long career in the entertainment industry and in the 1950's was the director of the Sunday Night at the London Palladium before becoming Head of Entertainment with the BBC. He was also a director of movies and credited as discovering Benny Hill for TV.

#bbc #entertainment #montrose #history

From our archive today we have this image from RAF Montrose.  Although we don't have the names of the two gentlemen in t...
18/05/2020

From our archive today we have this image from RAF Montrose. Although we don't have the names of the two gentlemen in the Station Guard House we have dated it.

Can you guess how we did that and what was the year?

#royalairforce #raf #montrose #guard #aviation #avgeeks
#friends #history #museum

As we move into week 9 of lockdown, we are strictly following guidelines and not opening until it is safe to do so.We've...
17/05/2020

As we move into week 9 of lockdown, we are strictly following guidelines and not opening until it is safe to do so.

We've been overwhelmed by the support shown over the last few weeks and would like to ask you a small favour by inviting your friends on Facebook to also follow us.

Supporting small museums doesn't always require spending money, it's as simple as sharing, liking and promoting us. This helps raise our profile and attract visitors when we can re-open.

To do this scroll across the top to the right of our page, go to “COMMUNITY”

Click “INVITE FRIENDS”

Click “ALL”

It's as simple as that.

As always it is very much appreciated!

Stay safe.

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo
17/05/2020

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo

For #FlashbackFriday we recall the day the Graf Zeppelin Airship flew along the coast of Montrose in 1930The airship was...
15/05/2020

For #FlashbackFriday we recall the day the Graf Zeppelin Airship flew along the coast of Montrose in 1930

The airship was watched by members of The Gordon Highlanders, who were stationed on Montrose airfield at the time. Operating as a civilian airship, the Zeppelin made several flights along the British coast during the inter war period gathering photographic intelligence.

#zeppelin #airship #montrose #gordonhighlanders #aviation #avgeeks

The Gordon Highlanders Museum

Sopwith, our Air Station bear, has been out on his daily exercise in between the showers.Today he stopped to view Scurdi...
14/05/2020

Sopwith, our Air Station bear, has been out on his daily exercise in between the showers.

Today he stopped to view Scurdie Ness lighthouse. Did you know, during World War II the lighthouse was temporarily painted black so that it could not be used by the German bombers as a daytime reference point. The light was not illuminated except when requested by the Royal Navy.

#scurdieness #lighthouse #ww2 #history #montrose

From our archives today we have photos from 1918 of off-duty men and women from Montrose Air Station enjoying their free...
13/05/2020

From our archives today we have photos from 1918 of off-duty men and women from Montrose Air Station enjoying their free time in various locations around Montrose.

Can you help in identifying the locations?

#montrose #rfc #aviation #history #raf #wraf

The day a seaplane visited Montrose.From our archive we have photos of a Royal Air Force Supermarine Southampton flying ...
12/05/2020

The day a seaplane visited Montrose.

From our archive we have photos of a Royal Air Force Supermarine Southampton flying boat at Montrose. Unfortunately we don't have details of when this visit took place, although know it to have been between 1925 and 1936 when the aircraft was in service with the RAF.

#seaplane #biplane #aircraft #supermarine #southampton #aviation #avgeeks #montrose

THEN AND NOWFrom our archives we found a photograph of an RE 8 Biplane from World War One beside the original Montrose A...
11/05/2020

THEN AND NOW

From our archives we found a photograph of an RE 8 Biplane from World War One beside the original Montrose Air Station hangars known as Burkes Sheds.

We can just imagine the aircraft standing outside the hangars as they are today.

#archive #nostalgia #rfc #ww1 #re8 #aviation #avgeeks #biplane

Along with learning to fly, gunnery training was also given.  These images from our archive show some of this training t...
10/05/2020

Along with learning to fly, gunnery training was also given. These images from our archive show some of this training taking place for Royal Flying Corps personnel during World War One.

This training was carried out on the North Range, we believe this to be next to the railway bridge at the North end of the current GE Baker Hughes site.

#archive #montrose #rfc #gunnery #range #ww1 #history #aviation #avgeek

The history of our 'Red Lichtie'.
09/05/2020

The history of our 'Red Lichtie'.

𝐕𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐮𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟕𝟓: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 ‘𝐑𝐞𝐝 𝐋𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐭𝐢𝐞’ 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐭𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐞

As part of Victory in Europe Day 75, all this week we have been sharing some of Angus’ experiences of World War II. Today is the final day, but we hope you've enjoyed our online feature.

At a public meeting on 30 August 1940, it was unanimously agreed to establish the Arbroath Spitfire Fund. Arbroath had shown a fine patriotic spirit during the Great War, and the townspeople wished to show their appreciation of the magnificent achievements of the Royal Air Force.

Even before the fund had opened, three of the burgh's teenage girls had done their bit. Sheila O'Brien, Ishbel Herron and Ella Webster, all of Airlie Crescent, called at the Burgh Police Office and handed over a small bag containing 35 shillings. They reported that the money had been raised from concerts they held at the back doors near their homes, and hoped that the money might help towards victory in the war. The trio expressed their desire that the money to go towards a Spitfire, but failing that, be given to the Red Cross.

By March 1942, £4,869.19s.11d. had been raised by public subscription. Arbroathians in the United States also gave liberally, and Arbroath Town Council made a contribution from the Common Good fund to ensure that the £5,000 target was reached. On 24th May 1942, Spitfire EP121 was delivered to the Royal Air Force at Burtonwood. The aircraft was named the ‘Red Lichtie’ in tribute to the people of Arbroath who had purchased it.

During World War II the 'Red Lichtie' carried out patrols with a number of squadrons, including No. 50 (County of Gloucester) Squadron, No. 131 (County of Kent) Squadron, and No. 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron. Following repairs from damaged sustained in April 1943, 'Red Lichtie' returned to flying duties with No. 412 (Royal Canadian Air Force) Squadron.

Her final posting was with Squadron No. 614 (Royal Canadian Air Force). Two weeks after her arrival an engine cut caused the aircraft to stall and spin to the ground. The pilot, Sergeant W. H. Palmer (Canada), was injured but survived the crash. The aircraft was irreparable and later scrapped.

Today, a replica of the 'Red Lichtie' sits at the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre. Following the creation of a fund to commission a replica, and contributions from Angus Council, the Heritage Centre purchased the Spitfire which now sits outside the main building. #Archives #VEDay75

08/05/2020

This afternoon we welcomed Mark Lumgair to play the bagpipes as part of the VE75 national celebrations. The strains of Battle's O'er played at 3pm in the Air Station grounds preceded by the all clear siren.

This is our small tribute to all those who gave so much.....

(Strict social distancing guidelines were followed at all times during filming)

#ve75 #montrose #ww2 #history

From a great friend of the Museum we're sharing the story of her parents who had their first date on 8th May 1945.Hugh a...
08/05/2020

From a great friend of the Museum we're sharing the story of her parents who had their first date on 8th May 1945.

Hugh and Betty, now 96 and 93, from Glasgow, originally planned to go to dancing on their first date, but couldn't get in so went to the pictures instead. They then went for welsh rarebit and an alcoholic drink......they had to buy the rarebit to get the drink !!

75 years later they're celebrating VE Day and their first date.

#firstdates #veday75

08/05/2020
Songbook Melodies Concert 8 VE Day

The show must go on......

KIrsten and John Tomlinson would have been providing the entertainment at our VE75 Concert today. As you can't come to the concert, the concert is coming to you as they have kindly put together a selection of wartime favourites.

Put the kettle on, pull up a chair and enjoy

Our thanks to Kirsten and John.

Songbook Melodies

#veday75 #montrose #ww2 #history #concert

Songbook Melodies concert for 75th VE day celebrations. Lots of classic songs spanning the war years including :- Sentimental Journey Chattanooga Choo Choo T...

08/05/2020
VE Day 75 Years - A Pipers Tribute

75 years ago today Victory in Europe was declared.

To mark this occasion we had hoped to stage a concert, but sadly due to the current situation this is not possible. However, we will be marking this momentous day and sharing it with you on social media.

As part of the national celebrations, pipers from all over the world will be playing the Battle's O'er at 3pm today. We are proud that Mark Lumgair will be participating, representing Montrose Air Station.

Look for Mark, 4.26 into the video and enjoy this momentous piece of music.

#veday75 #piper #bagpipes #ww2 #history #montrose

On 08 May 2020, thousands of pipers around the world will play Battle’s O’er, a traditional air performed on the bagpipes at the end of a battle, and VE Day ...

As we begin a day of celebration and commemoration, marking 75 years since Victory in Europe we share this photo of RAF ...
08/05/2020

As we begin a day of celebration and commemoration, marking 75 years since Victory in Europe we share this photo of RAF Montrose personnel celebrating at Angus Hall in 1945.

#veday75 #montrose #angus #angushall #ww2 #history

Once again delving into our archives, we've uncovered a series of photos of the various WW2 buildings that used to be pa...
07/05/2020

Once again delving into our archives, we've uncovered a series of photos of the various WW2 buildings that used to be part of the infrastructure of RAF Montrose.

We've also included an extract from the Operational Record Book describing some of the works carried our at the time.

#archive #pillbox #range #ww2 #history #identification #logbook #airfield #aviation #avgeek

Sopwith, our Air Station Bear, is all ready for VE75 Day on Friday.#ve75 #montrose #bearhunt #ww2 #history
06/05/2020

Sopwith, our Air Station Bear, is all ready for VE75 Day on Friday.

#ve75 #montrose #bearhunt #ww2 #history

We're enjoying dipping into our archives to showcase some of the photo's and stories we have from the Air Stations fanta...
06/05/2020

We're enjoying dipping into our archives to showcase some of the photo's and stories we have from the Air Stations fantastic history.

Here we have an image from the Sergeants Mess at Montrose in 1940 and the Mess accommodation. This was always quite basic but clean and tidy. Can you imagine how cold it would be in winter time as the only source of heating in all the buildings were the coal fired stoves.

#ww2 #raf #montrose #history #mess #sergeant #aviation #avgeeks

This Friday at 3 o'clock we will be raising a glass to Toast the Nation.  We hope you will be doing the same.We would lo...
05/05/2020

This Friday at 3 o'clock we will be raising a glass to Toast the Nation. We hope you will be doing the same.

We would love you to share your pictures with us from a national day of celebration and commemoration.

Although our planned Concert cannot go ahead let's turn the Air Station page red, white and blue with your VE75 photos.

The Nation's Toast for VE 75

#ve75 #montrose #ww2 #history

On the entry of America to WW1 the US Air Service was dramatically expanded.  Some operational Squadrons were formed at ...
05/05/2020

On the entry of America to WW1 the US Air Service was dramatically expanded. Some operational Squadrons were formed at Montrose, with pilots training to fly the Sopwith Camel and engine and airframe fitters familiarized with the aircraft. The 41st and 138th Aero Pursuit Squadrons and 176th Aero Squadron were formed at Montrose and then moved to France when their training was completed.

#RFC #USAS #pilot #ww1 #montrose #aviation #history #avgeeks

We had an extremely difficult time deciding the winner of our competition to design and build a model aircraft........an...
04/05/2020

We had an extremely difficult time deciding the winner of our competition to design and build a model aircraft.

.......and our winner is Scott Cuthill for his fantastic effort.

Well done Scott and thanks to everyone for taking part.

#thankyou #competition #montrose #model

Not a usual sight for Montrose, however a Handley Page 04/00 was at the aerodrome for a short while in 1918.The Heyford ...
04/05/2020

Not a usual sight for Montrose, however a Handley Page 04/00 was at the aerodrome for a short while in 1918.

The Heyford and Harrow were the mainstay of Bomber Command in the mid 1930s and we have photo's of these visiting RAF Montrose in 1938 for Empire Day.

#handleypage #ww2 #bomber #montrose

Many thanks to Simon Guery from WarSims Art Photography for sharing this poignant image from a visit to the Air Station ...
02/05/2020

Many thanks to Simon Guery from WarSims Art Photography for sharing this poignant image from a visit to the Air Station when we were open.

In this week when we'll be raising a glass in celebration of VE Day through The Nation's Toast for VE 75 we feel this photo is very fitting.

#spitfire #ve75 #victoryineurope #ww2 #warsims #montrose

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Waldron Road
Montrose
DD10 9BD

The X7 Perth to Aberdeen Bus passes close to the Air Station. Get off at the Waldron Road stop and you will see the sign guiding you over a bridge to the Air Station.

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Scotts Family ticket he won in your junk airplane competition arrived. He is well chuffed, thank you
My uncle was born on May 11th 1945 in Montrose. The family always reckoned he would have been the first baby born in Montrose after VE day, but with all the celebrations going on it wasn't a big deal. I wonder if he was? The family billeted many airmen who were stationed at the aerodrome throughout the war.
Cheers to VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebration
Looking back on some amazing May weekend opening events, parties and military vehicle meets!
Hi Guys, Read this. Might be of interest to you. https://www.forces.net/news/could-you-give-raf-marhams-gate-guardian-new-home. Best regards, Jim.
Some of my shots from the Squadron Prints nightshoot . Sorry it has taken a while to post them but feel free to use them with a credit please.
HISTORY CHANNEL - H2 - TONIGHT renovating first aircraft over France at D-day The plane that led D-Day on H2. 9pm
an Autochrome picture, from Paris 1900
A very big thank you to all at the Montrose Air Heritage Centre for allowing our small group to take pictures of your wonderfull aircraft on show.
Thank you to Montrose Aviation Heritage Centre for hosting our photoshoot - Gill Howie from Squadron Prints Ltd, along with some fellow aviation enthusiasts, were very pleased to present a £500 cheque (including donations from those who attended) to Museum Chairman Stuart Archibald. Thanks to all who attended and to Montrose Aviation Heritage Centre for a smashing day and looking after us so well!
A unique event during the ceremony of Poland Independence Day - 11th Nov, 2019 - in the Polish city of Kalisz was the posthumous officer's nomination for pilot Wiesław Osełkowski. In 1938 Wiesław Osełkowski graduated from the renown Kalisz licee and in January 1939 he got to the dream "School of Eaglets" (air force academy) in Dęblin, Poland. His education was interrupted by war. After the September '39 defeat, he managed to get to Great Britain (via Romania, Malta, France). There he trained with the best RAF pilots at the 8th Flying Training School in Montrose. May 13, 1941, he crashed during landing Miles Master. He died on the spot**. On 11th Nov, 2019, 78 years from these events, dr Marek Moga, the nephew of the deceased soldier, received his officer nomination. This was an act of honour (tribute paid) and commemoration of all Polish pilots from the 'unfinished' (interrupted by WWII) class A.D. 1939 of the Polish Air Force University in Dęblin. There is a small display/show case of Wiesław Osełkowski in MASHC and his grave on the Sleepyhillock cementary. ** https://www.kincardineshireobserver.co.uk/news/information-about-polish-pilot-who-died-in-the-mearns-1-1604717
1919 Armistice Day and 2019 Remembrance Day in Dirleton