MHG19438 - Castletown Airfield

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Type and Period (1)

  • MILITARY AIRFIELD SITE (Post Medieval to 21st Century - 1560 AD to 2100 AD)

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Full Description

Heavy AA Battery located at ND 2120 6643. The battery was armed with 2 x 3 inch guns. The code was C2. J A Guy, 20th Century Defences (report nos 1, 8 & 11)
A M Fox, Highland Council, 09.10.01.
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ND26NW 36 Centred 215 670

This airfield was strategically important in that it was part of the defence of Scapa Flow and Northern Scotland.
It opened as a satellite to Wick airfield (ND35SE 103) in May 1940 and the last operational aircraft left Castletown during April 1944. One of the last aerial visitors was in 1945.
The airfields surviving remains consis of many huts and overgrown concrete, the former decontamination centre is full of cow manure, the Bellman and 'T3' hangars are long dismantled.
D J Smith 1983

There was a large 4.7 inch naval gun salvaged from a shipwreck mounted in concrete outside the station HQ, but this was later 'retrieved' by the Navy.
B Quarrie 1987.

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Location

Grid reference Centred ND 2149 6700 (200m by 200m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND26NW
Civil Parish OLRIG
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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