Monday, 14 December 2020

The Last Post - by Gordon’s Family

Thank you so much for all of your support over the years.. Gordon (dad) passed away on the 13th of December at home with his family. A rare type of blood disorder got him in the end. He was always passionate about RAF Saxavord, and of everything about radars! This blog was something he spent hundreds of hours on, getting great and rare insights from you all. I’m sure he would want me to thank you for all the information and friendship over the years. If anyone feels they would like to show support to the causes that he was passionate about, the RAF Air Defence Museum Neatishead as well as the Shetland Bird Club, I’m sure he would be very pleased. We will miss him a lot.

Thursday, 30 April 2020

A History of RAF Skaw (AMES 56) - The Out-Post - Volume 4 No 1

This is the last issue of "The Out-Post" which In have a copy of. The original copy belongs to Sammy Sjoberg  and I am very grateful to him for allowing me to reproduce it. The quality of production is higher than any of the previous editions I have seen and it features the names of a number of servicemen who were at RAF Skaw at the time. The most renowned of these (in Shetland at least), is the late Tom "Tammy" Anderson, who was to become famous for his work in preserving Shetland fiddle music.
The issue also indicates that there was a significant degree of cooperation (and rivalry) between the personnel of the RAF Chain Home Station at Skaw and the Admiralty Coastal Defence U Boat radar on Saxa Vord (Admiralty Experimental Station 4). In addition, the magazine  draws attention to the importance of entertainment (shows and cinema) and the integration with the local community (dances and sale of work in Baltasound).


Friday, 28 February 2020

A History of RAF Skaw (AMES 56) – The Out-Post – Volume 2 Issue 1

The first issue of The  Outpost was released in Apr '41 and only a handful of copies were produced. A year later, with the aid of a duplicator,  circulation had increased considerably. Marking the completion of the first year the numbering system was changed to show that the May '42 issue was Issue 1 of "Volume 2".  It was in May that the full Chain Home radar at Skaw  was commissioned and the tall Transmitter (360')  & Receiver Towers (240') were operational.  Left Click on images to enlarge.