MHG19457 - Skitten Airfield


WWII airfield.

Type and Period (1)

  • MILITARY AIRFIELD SITE (Modern - 1901 AD to 2100 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

ND35NW 27 Centred 325 570

The airfield takes its name from site of a battle mentioned in the Orkneyinga Saga. One of least known wartime airfields, construction of Skitten began early in 1940. The runways were extended during 1942. One runway was further extended to 1400yds in 1943 as airfield had been designated as a reserve base for Bomber Command. The airfield closed sometime after last squadron departed in 1944.
Today, runways are badly deteriorated, but at one time there were eight Blisters and a single Bellman hangar, along with seven dispersal pens and the watch tower.
D J Smith 1983.

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Grid reference Centred ND 3234 5688 (1401m by 1664m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND35NW
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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