RAF Alness (Invergordon)


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Reference WMO/277556

Address:

Alness Business Park

Alness

IV17 0UP

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: STONE SLAB WITH PLAQUES SET INTO IT. IMAGES OF A CATALINA AND SUNDERLAND FLYING-BOATS AND AIR SEA RESCUE LAUNCH ETCHED INTO THE STONE.
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ON THE STONE: ROYAL AIR FORCE / ALNESS (INVERGORDON) /UNVEILED ON/16 OCTOBER 2001/BY/ JOHN CRUICKSHANK V.C. /ERECTED BY ROSS & CROMARTY ENTERPRISE 2001/ WITH ASSISTANCE FROM/THE AIRCREW ASSOCIATION/AND/NOVAR WINDFARM/COMMUNITY FUND PLAQUE: THIS MEMORIAL AT ALNESS POINT ON THE CROMARTY FIRTH, / MARKS THE SITE OF THE FORMER WORLD WAR TWO COASTAL COMMAND / FLYING-BOAT BASE AND IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ALL / WHO SERVED HERE - SOME OF WHOM BOUGHT / FREEDOM FROM TYRANNY AT THE EXPENSE OF THEIR LIVES. / WE WILL REMEMBER THEM / THE FIRTH IN WAR TIMES WAS A HIGHLY ACTIVE AREA AND RAF INVOLVEMENT / INCLUDED OPERATIONS, TRAINING, SERVICING AND AIR-SEA RESCUE / SUPPORTED BY 88 MAINTENANCE UNIT (MARINE CRAFT) AT RAF MEIKLE FERRY / ON THE DORNOCH FIRTH / FROM 1938 THE FOLLOWING UNITS ARE RECORDED AS HAVING SERVED HERE: / 4 (COASTAL) OPERATIONAL TRAINING UNIT; / SQUADRONS: 201, 209, 210, 228, 240, 422(RCAF) AND 119(GR) SPECIAL DUTIES FLIGHT: / 5 FLYING-BOAT SERVICING UNIT, 6 AIR-SEA RESUCE (MARINE CRAFT UNIT), 102 WING, 1100 MARINE CRAFT UNIT, N0. 2 COMMUNICATIONS TRIALS UNIT. /THE BASE CLOSED IN 1986.

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