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Great War Roll of Honour. I missed this out in my War Memorials at Montrose post:-

Great War Roll of Honour, Montrose Air Station

A Sea Hawk:-

Sea Hawk

Showing twin tails:-

Part of a Sea Hawk

World War 2 at Montrose Air Station

Model of Montrose Air Station at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre:-

Model of Montrose Air Station

Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) poster. The ATA featured many women pilots:-

Air Transport Auxiliary Panel


ATA Panel Detail, Montrose Air Station

Photos of some women flyers:-

Women Flyers

Civilian casualties:-

Civilian casualties at Montrose Air Station

RAF Sector Clock:-

RAF Sector Clock, Montrose Air Station

RAF Memorial Window, in stained glass. Inscribed, “This window commemorates the pilots of the Royal Air Force who in the Battle of Britain turned the work of our hands into the salvation of our country.”:-

RAF Memorial Window

Models of a Mosquito and Hurricane:-

Mosquito and Hurricane Models

War Savings Campaign Plaque:-

War Savings Campaign Plaque

War Memorials, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

Part of a Memorial display at Montrose Air Station. A War Memorial rescued from a now disused Church at Logie, near Montrose:-

Church War Memorial

The placard beside the rescued Memorial asks, “Do we really remember them?”

Do We Really Remember Caption

The poppy wall above it commemorates the dead of both World Wars:-


Great War Exhibits, Montrose Air Station

BE2 Replica, small model Fokker Triplane behind, plus two other models in photo:-

BE2 Replica, Montrose Air Station

Same BE2 with a small model of a Bristol Fighter to upper left and a Sopwith Camel, I think, to right:-

Replica BE2, Montrose Air Station

Fuselage and Wings of a replica Sopwith Camel under construction. This may now be completed:-

Replica Sopwith Camel Fuselage and Wings

Sopwith Camel wing being worked on:-

Sopwith Camel Wing

Effigy of Lieutenant Ross Robertson:-

Effigy of Lieutenant Ross Robertson

Cross erected at Marquion in France by the Germans at the grave of Lt Ross Robertson inscribed, “Er starb den heldentod – eng Flieger.” “He died the death of a hero – an English Airman.” He was buried there on 17/5/1917:-

The Robertson Cross

Model of a Rumpler? Taube. Plus Bristol Fighter:-

Model Taube and Bristol Fighter

Small Models of Fokker Triplane and Sopwith Camel:-

Small Models of Fokker Triplane and Sopwith Camel

Part of the Fokker Triplane of the famous Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen. Souvenir hunters apparently got to it very quickly:-

Part of Red Baron's Triplane

External Exhibits, Montrose Air Station

Before you get to the museum entrance at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre you pass these hangars which date from before the Great War:-

WW1 Air Hangars

Then there’s the obligatory Spitfire. This one’s named Red Lichtie. There is an Arbroath connection, though this one is probably a replica of the original:-

Spitfire Red Lichtie

More up to date (well, 1950s) is this Gloster Meteor:-

Gloster Meteor

This artillery piece, an anti-aircraft gun, is also exposed to the elements:-

WW2 Artillery Piece, Montrose Air Station

Prominent too is this memorial to all those RFC and RAF personnel who served at Montrose Air Station:-

RFC and RAF Memorial

Montrose Air Station

Montrose airfield was the home to the first British air squadron (at that time of the Royal Flying Corps, RFC) to fly fixed-wing aircraft.

That squadron was No 2 Squadron, RFC.

Why not No 1 Squadron?

No 1 Squadron flew balloons (from which they converted in 1914.)

No 2 Squadron moved to Montrose from Farnborough in 1913. Montrose therefore became the first operational military aerodrome in the UK.

The first RFC pilot to land in France in 1914 after war was declared was Lieutenant H D Harvey-Kelly of No 2 Squadron. (He is also credited with being the first RFC pilot to shoot down an enemy aircraft.)

Another of the Squadron’s pilots became the first airman to be awarded the Victoria Cross, posthumously, on 26/4/1915.

The airfield is now home to a museum called Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre.

We visited the Air Station in May last year.

Photographs will be forthcoming.

St Drostan’s Markinch

I’ve posted photos of St Drostan’s – aka Markinch Parish Church – before.

The kirk has a twelfth century tower. Archæological investigations have been ongoing recently resulting in this information board showing its possible construction and some details of the stonework.

Information Board St Drostan's Markinch

A very short discussion on the archæological findings is here.

At the top of the entrance steps up to the kirk is an outbuilding, I think it’s the Session House, which has this unusual windowed niche in it. I think the crown above it represents some sort of royal connection:-

Niche in Outbuilding, St Drostan's, Markinch

Afternoon of the Long Knives

So, as everyone expected it’s the blustering buffoon. Perhaps I ought to capitalise that.

The Conservative (and Unionist) Party has now given us three terrible Prime Ministers in a row. It’s hard to say which is worst though I suspect BoJo – as he’s called – will be the one. I believe our USian friends have a better word to describe him – bozo. He may have been to Eton and Balliol but he shows no sign of ever having learned much.

God help us.

It’s not taken him long to get the knives out for those who opposed him.

I’m reminded of Harold MacMillan’s cabinet reshuffle of 1962 (except this clear out is more extensive and MacMillan had been Prime Minister for a while.) MacMillan only got rid of one-third of his previous cabinet. It still led to the reshuffle being dubbed Night of the Long Knives in a rather distasteful reference to the bloody purge of previously high ranking Nazis in Germany in 1934.

MacMillan’s actions led his successor as PM, Harold Wilson, in a much later exchange in the House of Commons to recollect the time when the “then Prime Minister sacked half his cabinet”, adding, “the wrong half, as it turned out.”

Plenty ammunition here for the Blustering Buffoon’s successor I’d have thought.

Man on the Moon

The Moon landings were faked up on a Hollywood backlot, right?

What a load of utter tosh!

It astounds me that anyone would prefer to believe that something which would have had to be kept secret for so long by quite a large number of people (people moreover, cinema technicians etc, not truly invested in the “deceit”) would not have leaked by now. But it hasn’t leaked.

And why hasn’t it leaked?

Because it would need proof of such a conspiracy to fake.

And there is none.

And why the desire to deny the endeavour and the expertise which went in to the making of man’s greatest adventure, not to mention the sheer bravery of the men who made the voyages? Buzz Aldrin was quite right to take exception to the guy who accosted him, a guy who has not one thousandth of the guts and integrity. What is it about some folk that they cannnot rejoice in others’ achievements but must find some way to denigrate them?

And the Soviet Union did not claim that the US Moon landings did not happen – which as a propaganda coup they most certainly would have – because they knew perfectly well that they did. (Compare that to now, when Russia does claim that things that happened didn’t and things that didn’t, have. And so, too, does POTUS, T Ronald Dump.)

Besides, some of the experiments the astronauts placed on the Moon are still sending back data, even fifty years on.

So, raise a glass and drink a toast to a magnificent accomplishment, a demonstration of humans’ ability to perform amazing feats of focus, cooperation and enterprise.

It’s just a pity we gave up on that enterprise so soon.

Beauly Priory

Beauly in Inverness-shire (see three posts ago) is home to the ruins of a mediæval Priory and apparently French monks who lived there are responsible for Beauly’s name (from beau lieu, beautiful place.)

Beauly Priory Remains

Beauly Priory Gable End Wall

Beauly Priory Ruins

Beauly Priory

Ruins, Beauly Priory

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