Hardback book ‘Forecast for Overlord’, by J M Stagg, 1971. A first-hand account of the weather forecasting that allowed the D-Day operations to be carried out on June 6, 1944. Written by General Eisenhower’s chief weatherman. Airmen at RAF Tiree collected the weather data that was used to forecast D-Day.
Clear, glass, non-aerated drinks bottle made by D. McCall & Co., Oban, from around 1930-1950.
Lapel or cap badge of RAF 518 Squadron found on a sports field in South Island, New Zealand, in 2019 (32 x 20 mm). Made in Birmingham by HW Miller – medal, badge and button manufacturers since the 1930s. 518 Squadron – Meteorological Observers was stationed on Tiree during WWII. Only a handful of New Zealand men served at RAF Tiree, and it is presumed that the badge belonged to one of them and was dropped on his returned to New Zealand. The badge depicts a hand holding a key with the inscription ‘Tha an Iuchair againn-ne / We hold the key’.
Small box of 14 photographic slides of colour images of Tiree (2 of Iona): Ruaig PO, ferry, Heron plane, puffer at Scarinish Harbour, landscapes.
Printed copy of full text for ‘Give us more land and give it to us now – demands for new crofts and Balephetrish after World War I’ by Bob Chambers, 2018. Includes images of letters written in 1919 to the secretary of the Board of Argiculture for Scotland from Cath MacKinnon, to Sir William Sutherland, MP for Argyllshire, from Archibald MacLean, and to an authority from Hector MacLean. (held digitally in An Iodhlann)
Bound composition: ‘Eric Crow’s War’ – a summary of the wartime diaries of Eric Crow who was stationed at RAF Tiree during WWII. Includes photographs and family tree. Compiled by Eric’s son in 2018. Sections about Tiree on pages 17 & 18.
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Set of eight tiny ‘Magneto’ spanners and screwdriver used for adjusting the Magneto batteries in army trucks during WWII.
Black & white photograph of Hugh Fullarton, son of Annie Cameron, Balevullin (ca 1880-1965), collecting water from the well on the other side of the bridge from Annie’s house in around 1965. The well was the water supply for the house. It is no longer visible.
Black & white photograph of a daughter and grandson of Annie Cameron, Balevullin (ca 1880-1965), in front of the shed belonging to Neil McNeil, in around 1965. The shed was adjacent to Annie’s house, which is just visible on the left. Annie moved to Greenock when she was young, although her children and grandchildren spent summers in the house until it was sold and demolished in around 2003.
Collection of 11 photographs (printed from pdf files) of the house and family of Annie Cameron, Balevullin (ca 1880-1965), and information from her grandson emailed in 2018. Three photos are catalogued separately under 2019.32.2 to 2019.32.4.
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