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.

We're open on Saturday 15 August.  If you're thinking of visiting us there's lots to see but please book first either th...
11/08/2020

We're open on Saturday 15 August. If you're thinking of visiting us there's lots to see but please book first either through our booking system on Facebook or give us a call on 01674 678222.

If you visit without a booking you may have to wait whilst we control the flow of visitors around the museum.

Also remember to bring along your face masks as they must be worn in the enclosed areas of the museum.

Thanks

#visiting #visitors #museum #heritage #history #ww1 #ww2

BATTLE OF BRITAIN PILOTS TRAINED AT MONTROSERonald Noel Hamilton 'Buck' Courtney (25.12.19 - 12.96)Born in 1919, Buck jo...
10/08/2020

BATTLE OF BRITAIN PILOTS TRAINED AT MONTROSE
Ronald Noel Hamilton 'Buck' Courtney (25.12.19 - 12.96)

Born in 1919, Buck joined the RAFO in January 1938 and completed his flying training at 8 Flying Training School Montrose between April and October 1938.

With his training completed, he joined 151 Squadron at North Weald. Posted to France in May 1940 he was attached to 607 Squadron at Vitry-en-Artois. In that month he destroyed an unidentified enemy aircraft and 3 JU88's before re-joining 151 Squadron..

On the 29 May Buck was attacked by Me109's over Dunkirk and baled out, wounded in the back of the neck and the right leg. He was picked up by the corvette HMS Shearwater and taken to Ramsgate Hospital.

He was given command of 261 Squadron at Chittagong and later Chiringa from July to December 1943. He took command of 113 Squadron in January 1944 at Dimapur and later Tulihal and Palel, India. His DFC citation in September 1944 stated he had taken a prominent part in the squadron's operations in the Imphal Valley and had destroyed three enemy aircraft.

Buck continued his carried in the RAF after WW2 he led the 1954 Battle of Britain flypast; eventually retiring from the RAF as a Group Captain in 1968.

#lestweforget #bob80 #battleofbritain #aviation #pilot #avgeeks #montrose #heritage #museum

Good morning.Our volunteer team are on their way to open up the museum ready for our visitors today.If you're thinking o...
08/08/2020

Good morning.

Our volunteer team are on their way to open up the museum ready for our visitors today.

If you're thinking of visiting today, we are fully booked this morning but do have places available this afternoon. Please use our 'Book Now' facility on our page or give us a call on 01674 678222. Arriving without booking may mean you have to wait a few minutes before starting your visit.

Reminder : In line with guidance we ask that everyone wear a face mask around the museum.

Thank you.

#aviation #visitors #volunteers #museum #heritage

Airspeed Oxford at RAF MontroseFor #FlashbackFriday we have several images of Airspeed Oxford training aircraft.  They w...
07/08/2020

Airspeed Oxford at RAF Montrose

For #FlashbackFriday we have several images of Airspeed Oxford training aircraft. They were used at Montrose and throughout the RAF and Empire Training Schools for training pilots to fly multi engine aircraft.

The intensive nature of pilot training led to an inevitable number of crashes as can be seen here, but the Oxford was very successful and continued to serve in the RAF until 1956. Oxfords were often referred to as 'Ox-box' by ground and air crews were a versatile aircraft and also used to train Air Gunners, Navigators and Wireless Operators.

#airspeed #oxford #aircraft #aviation #avgeeks #montrose #museum #heritage #history #ww2

To all of our wonderful visitors, we take your and our volunteers safety and well-being very seriously. We have processe...
06/08/2020

To all of our wonderful visitors, we take your and our volunteers safety and well-being very seriously.

We have processes in place to protect us all, and these have worked well since we reopened 3 weeks ago.

Whilst we remain open on Saturdays we now ask that all visitors wear a face mask when at the museum.

We also ask you not to visit our museum if you are from Aberdeen or have recently visited any of the places associated with the current outbreak and localised lockdown. If you have already booked a visit, please get in touch and we can re-arrange your visit.

Thank you all for your understanding.
Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

What a fantastic achievement by all concerned in the development of the Secret Spitfires Memorial
06/08/2020

What a fantastic achievement by all concerned in the development of the Secret Spitfires Memorial

We are delighted to announce that thanks to the incredible support of the public, industry and aviation and historical societies, that we have raised over £75,000, and built the key part of the Memorial; our very own Secret Spitfire. She will be travelling to Salisbury tomorrow to her temporary home at the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, where she will remain until July 2021, when we intend to celebrate putting her in her rightful place, high above Salisbury RFC, the site of a former Spitfire factory, Castle Road.

This is not the beginning of the end; merely the end of the beginning - and we still need your support and donations!

For the full story, follow our posts on here and across Twitter throughout the day tomorrow, Friday 7th August, and tune into Spire FM or BBC Radio Wiltshire.

We cannot thank you enough!

We've delved far back into the history of Montrose Air Station today with these fascinating images of women working in t...
05/08/2020

We've delved far back into the history of Montrose Air Station today with these fascinating images of women working in the fabric workshop at the airfield during World War One.

We are keen to have more images and stories of the women who performed these and many other skilled roles at the Air Station over the years. If you have any information to share, please get in touch.

#heritage #museum #history #fabric #ww1 #aviation #avgeeks
#women #engineering

BATTLE OF BRITAIN PILOTS TRAINED AT MONTROSEDerek Napier Lawford (24.7.1914)Born in 1914 Derek joined the Royal Air Forc...
04/08/2020

BATTLE OF BRITAIN PILOTS TRAINED AT MONTROSE
Derek Napier Lawford (24.7.1914)

Born in 1914 Derek joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in July 1939; completing his training at 8 Flying Training School at RAF Montrose in April 1940.

With training complete he served very briefly with 609 Squadron then was posted to 247 Squadron, flying Gladiators in defence of Plymouth.

Commissioned in October 1941, he was posted to the Middle East and spent brief periods with 250 Squadron at Port Said and 73 Squadron in the Western Desert. On his return to the UK in 1944 he eventually joined Transport Command.

He was released from the RAF in October 1945 a a Flight Lieutenant and later moved to the USA.

#bob80 #battleofbritain #pilot #aviation #avgeeks #montrose #museum #heritage #history #ww2

Thank you all for your support in our fundraising efforts.  The response has been amazing.  Our whole team is extremely ...
03/08/2020
We're raising £5k to keep aviation history alive at the first operational military air station.

Thank you all for your support in our fundraising efforts. The response has been amazing. Our whole team is extremely grateful of the donations and messages of support we've received.

We've now passed 80% of our initial target and ask for a final push to get us to £5k. Every penny raised will be used to maintain the museum during these difficult times.

From large donations to small, all will be gratefully accepted such as the £3 we received from a young lad in Montrose who walks past the museum most days. Thank you Henry.

#fundraising #support #thankyou #justgiving #aviation #avgeeks #montrose

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre is currently closed to visitors due to COVID19 lockdown restrictions. As a result our primary source of income has ceased. We are raising funds to help maintain and preserve our museum and the precious artifacts

Empire Air Day at RAF Montrose 1938The Empire Air Day was an annual air show open to the public held at Royal Air Force ...
02/08/2020

Empire Air Day at RAF Montrose 1938

The Empire Air Day was an annual air show open to the public held at Royal Air Force stations in the United Kingdom in the 1930s

From our copy of the 1938 RAF Montrose Programme there are some fantastic adverts of the time.

#adverts #empireairday #aviation #avgeeks #airshow #museum #heritage #montrose #nostalgia

With the Scottish Premier League starting today we've dipped into our archives to post this image of No.2 Squadron footb...
01/08/2020

With the Scottish Premier League starting today we've dipped into our archives to post this image of No.2 Squadron football team from Montrose winning the Inter Squadron Football Cup in 1913.

We love how the goalkeeper appears to be the shortest player in the team.

We're open today, give us a call on 01674 678222 to book a time for visiting.

#football #montrose #museum #heritage #aviation #avgeeks

We're open again on Saturday and the weather looks to be perfect for a museum visit.Our online bookings are filling quic...
31/07/2020

We're open again on Saturday and the weather looks to be perfect for a museum visit.

Our online bookings are filling quickly; if you're planning on visiting us on Saturday 1 August please use the Book Now button on our page or give us a call on 01674 678222 on Saturday morning.

Without booking a time to visit you may have to wait whilst we manage the flow of visitors across our museum site.

We're all looking forward to another busy day welcoming visitors and telling the history of Montrose Air Station.

#visitors #openagain #volunteers #museum #heritage #aviation #avgeeks #visitangus

BATTLE OF BRITAIN PILOTS TRAINED AT MONTROSEIan Kenneth Sefton Joll (03.02.1920 - 08.02.1977)Born in 1920, Ian joined th...
31/07/2020

BATTLE OF BRITAIN PILOTS TRAINED AT MONTROSE
Ian Kenneth Sefton Joll (03.02.1920 - 08.02.1977)

Born in 1920, Ian joined the Auxiliary Air Force in 1939, undertaking his training on No.13 Course of 8 Flying Training School at RAF Montrose.

With his training completed in March 1940 he joined 604 Squadron based at Northolt. In a mission on 10 May 1040, his squadron provided an escort for Blenheims that were detailed to bomb German transport aircraft on the beach at Wassenaar, Holland. Joll destroyed a Ju52, after the bombing Ian decided to carry out a low-level strafe of the beach. His port propeller came off, either shot off by ground fire or by striking the ground. His Blenheim, L1517, crash-landed on the beach but did not catch fire and Joll and his gunner, LAC J Pickford, were not badly hurt.

With the help of Dutch civilians they made their way to Amsterdam and were able to embark on the ss Dotterel, which evacuated the Polish, British and French consular staff as well as civilians and press correspondents on 13th May.

He served with 604 Squadron throughout the Battle of Britain. Awarded the DFC in October 1943 he was subsequently released from the RAF later in the year as a Squadron Leader.

He worked at the Colonial Office in Whitehall from December 1943 until January 1945. He served at the Directorate of Combined Operations in New Delhi from February to November 1945.

In London he had met Eileen Mary Sassoon Sykes, they married after the war. As an ambulance driver in 1941 she had driven an artificial leg from Roehampton to Horsham St. Faith, where it was loaded into a Blenheim to be dropped during a raid on St. Omer. It was intended for Douglas Bader, who had been shot down and captured on 9th August.

#lestweforget #pilot #bob80 #battleofbritain #museum #heritage #montroe #aviation #avgeeks

As part of our display rotation it's time to say goodbye to our successful 'Weddings at Montrose' display and carefully ...
29/07/2020

As part of our display rotation it's time to say goodbye to our successful 'Weddings at Montrose' display and carefully pack it away for another day.

We've started clearing the room ready for the next exciting project in our original WW2 HQ Building. Our newly formed Archiving, Display and Research Teams are working together in the background to prepare the new display.

What do you think it will be?

#display #montrose #ww2 #whatcoulditbe #montrose #museum #heritage #aviation #avgeek

Dipping back into our archives on a rainy day we have this fantastic image of Hawker Audax training aircraft from No.8 F...
27/07/2020

Dipping back into our archives on a rainy day we have this fantastic image of Hawker Audax training aircraft from No.8 Flying Training School flying in formation over Montrose.

Many of the trainee pilots who went on to the Battle of Britain used these aircraft.

#trainee #pilot #bob80 #battleofbritain #museum #heritage #aviation #avgeeks

Great to see our new branded merchandise being bought from our shop.  Mike Robertson called into the Air Station to pick...
26/07/2020

Great to see our new branded merchandise being bought from our shop. Mike Robertson called into the Air Station to pick up a Bamse mug and then shared a photo to our page.

Thanks Mike.

We have lots of new branded merchandise for sale in our shop. Book a visit to the Air Station and please call into the shop when you're there.

#merchandise #bamse #bameseadog #museum #shop #retail #montrose

It's been a challenging few months for our Heritage Centre but it's always nice to look back at some happy memories.7 ye...
26/07/2020

It's been a challenging few months for our Heritage Centre but it's always nice to look back at some happy memories.

7 years ago today was the unveiling of our 'Red Lichtie' Spitfire which still graces the area in front of our HQ Building. 1 year ago today we welcomed Number II(AC) Squadron to our Burkes Shed for a reception following their Freedom of Angus ceremony. It was a truly memorable day.

.....and today should've been the day for our Bamse dog walk. Last year's walk was a great success on the 75th anniversary of his passing. We look forward to staging it again in 2021 along with a host of other exciting events. 🤞🤞🤞

#aviation #events #montrose #museum #heritage

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BATTLE OF BRITAIN PILOTS TRAINED AT MONTROSEPatrick Geraint 'Jamie' Jameson (10.11.1912 - 01.10.1996)Born Wellington, Ne...
26/07/2020

BATTLE OF BRITAIN PILOTS TRAINED AT MONTROSE
Patrick Geraint 'Jamie' Jameson (10.11.1912 - 01.10.1996)

Born Wellington, New Zealand in 1912 Jamie's first job was as an assurance clerk. He learned to fly at the Wellington Aero Club in 1933 before leaving New Zealand in the January of 1936 to join the RAF. After completing his flying training with 8 Flying Training School at RAF Montrose in January 1937 he was posted to No 46 Squadron.

In the campaign of Norway he destroyed a Ju 88 and had a share in two Dornier Do 26 flying boats. In June it was decided to evacuate Norway and No 46 Squadron covered the withdrawal. On the 7th of June it landed its Hurricanes back on the flight deck of the 'Glorious'. This was achieved by fixing sandbags under the tailplanes to shorten the landing run. The carrier was sunk by the German battle cruisers 'Scharnhorst' and 'Gneisenau' with shell fire.

Jamie and his CO found themselves on a Carley float with thirty others. After three days drifting in the cold sea only seven men were alive to be picked up, the two RAF pilots being the only surviving pilots of the unit. For his services in Norway he was awarded the D.F.C. in July 1940. When he was fit again, he took command of No 266 Squadron in September 1940.

He stayed in the RAF postwar and in 1959 joined the headquarters staff of Operation Grapple - the codename for the RAF’s megaton nuclear bomb trials at Christmas Island.

He retired as an Air Commodore, and returned to live in New Zealand.

#bob80 #battleofbritain #pilot #WWII #montrose #museum #heritage #aviation #avgeeks

It was great to see Scott Cuthill at the Museum today.  He visited with his parents Karren and Grant to collect his priz...
25/07/2020

It was great to see Scott Cuthill at the Museum today. He visited with his parents Karren and Grant to collect his prize for winning our Design and Build your own aircraft competition.

Our Chairman presented him with a Spitfire Airfix kit from our new shop and we were all enthralled by Scott's stories of his recent appearances on TV.

#competition #winner #aircraft #aviation #museum #heritage

.....and just like magic we rang our Station Scramble Bell and the rain stopped.Our online bookings are now completely f...
25/07/2020

.....and just like magic we rang our Station Scramble Bell and the rain stopped.

Our online bookings are now completely full for today (Thank you everyone). If you're still thinking of visiting us, please call beforehand (01674 678222) and we can allocate a suitable time, otherwise you may have to wait.

#scramble #airstation #montrose #museum #heritage #aviation #avgeeks

We're looking forward to Saturday as we'll be open again and be able to welcome more of our fantastic visitors.A lot of ...
24/07/2020

We're looking forward to Saturday as we'll be open again and be able to welcome more of our fantastic visitors.

A lot of bookings have already been confirmed and a few spaces still left. If you're thinking of visiting tomorrow please remember to book a time or give us a ring in the morning to see when you will be able to visit.

With current guidelines we must control the flow of our visitors so if you arrive without booking you may have to wait until a time slot becomes available.

See you on Saturday. 👍😄✈️🛩

#open #visitors #volunteers #welcome #booknow #aviation #avgeeks

BATTLE OF BRITAIN PILOT TRAINED AT MONTROSEGeorge Richard Collett (11.3.16 - 22.8.40)Born in Luton in 1916, George Richa...
24/07/2020

BATTLE OF BRITAIN PILOT TRAINED AT MONTROSE
George Richard Collett (11.3.16 - 22.8.40)

Born in Luton in 1916, George Richard Collett, known as Dick, joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1939. He completed his training with No.8 Flying Training School at RAF Montrose

Joining 54 Squadron in July 1940 he claimed a Me109 destroyed on 24 July but later that day he ran out of fuel pursuing another enemy aircraft and made a forced-landing on the beach at Dunwich. He was unhurt but his Spitfire N3192 was written off.

Collett was killed in combat with enemy fighters on 22nd August 1940. His Spitfire R6078, crashed into the Channel off Deal. He was 24.

His body was washed ashore in Holland and he is buried in Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery.

#bob80 #battleofbritain #pilot #aviator #aviation #museum #heritage #avgeeks #montrose

MUSEUM MEMBERSHIPOur Heritage Centre is totally independent and run by its members, you could be one of them. Just by be...
23/07/2020

MUSEUM MEMBERSHIP

Our Heritage Centre is totally independent and run by its members, you could be one of them. Just by being a member you can play a vital role in keeping the Heritage Centre open as membership fees contribute towards its running costs.

Consider the following:
Membership is currently only £20 a year.
Your membership fee helps towards running costs.
You can visit free of charge.
You can attend the monthly meetings.
You can attend social events.

Our membership system is now online. Existing members are now able to renew their membership and pay online. New members will be able to join online, and donations can be made online too.

Please go to https://membermojo.co.uk/mashc if you would like to renew your membership or we would be delighted if you would like to join us as a member,

#membership #member #joinus #aviation #avgeek #museum #heritage

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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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"Burke's Steerage". Just finishing this wee watercolour and looking for a working framer. Will bring it up for you soon!
Great peice in this month's Aeroplane magazine on the progress of the Miles Hawk Major. Well done chaps and chapesses 👍👍👍
Quick question. During WWII, would there have been a fence around the aerodrome? barbed wire? Even on the beach side?
Hello. Not been in touch for a while, the last 18 months have seen many changes in my life. After lockdown I hope to visit and leave a donation. One request do you have any pictures of HCS Bullock on the timeline? I don't see any Kind regards and best wishes. Trevor
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.
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Looking back on some amazing May weekend opening events, parties and military vehicle meets!
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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.