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RAF Findo Gask
No. 25 SLG
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
IATA: none – ICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Perth, Perth & Kinross, Scotland
Elevation AMSL 363 ft / 110 m
Coordinates 56°22′28″N 003°36′09″W / 56.37444°N 3.6025°W / 56.37444; -3.6025Coordinates: 56°22′28″N 003°36′09″W / 56.37444°N 3.6025°W / 56.37444; -3.6025
Map
Perth and Kinross UK location map
Airplane silhouette.svg
RAF Findo Gask
Location in Perth and Kinross
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 5,852 1,784 Sommerfeld Tracking
11/29 3,750 1,143 Sommerfeld Tracking
01/19 3,300 1,005 Sommerfeld Tracking

RAF Findo Gask was a Royal Air Force airfield located 7 mi (11 km) west of Perth, Scotland used during the Second World War

HistoryEdit

It was opened on 14 June 1941 as a Flying Training Airfield. It would appear that it had 3 runways made of Sommerfeld Track (a form of wire netting based surface). The Tower is of the "Watch Office for All Commands" (12779/41) type, with an extra floor and reduced size front windows. There were 8 hangars, One T2 hangar (415 ft × 117 ft (126 m × 36 m)), 3 Blisters (85×85×20 ft (26×26×6.1 m) in height), 4 Dorman Long Blisters (90×90×20 ft (27×27×6.1 m) in height).

There seems to have been a flooding problem at the airfield due poor drainage; the airfield was often waterlogged and muddy and continued flooding led to the eventual abandonment of the airfield in 1944, when all training moved to RAF Tealing. The airfield also proved to be to unsuitable for the North American Mustang.

In late 1944 the airfield was used by units from the Polish Army for training purposes.[1]

After the war ended the airfield was designated as Camp 233, and the accommodation was used to house German prisoners-of-war, who worked the land in the area.[2]

The airfield was then home to a maintenance unit, No. 260 Maintenance Unit, and used for storage until 1948. There are no signs of the airfield runways today and the area is mainly used for agriculture, although one area of the airfield near the Tower does appear to have had housing built on it.

The control tower, previously in a derelict state, is now being restored as a private home.[3]

Operational units and aircraftEdit

Unit Period Aircraft
No. 309 Polish Fighter-Reconnaissance Squadron 'A' & 'C' Flights 26 October 1942 to 8 March 1943 Westland Lysander
No. 309 Polish Fighter-Reconnaissance Squadron 'B' Flight 15 December 1942 to 10 January 1943 North American Mustang Mk. I

It was also used as a "Satellite Landing Ground" from 28 March 1943 to 12 September 1944 for No. 9 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit based at RAF Errol with Miles Masters.

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