Photocopied extracts from the Operations Record Book of RAF 518 Squadron Meteorological Observers from 29th November 1944 to 25th May 1945. Includes `Date`, Aircraft Type & Number`, `Crew`, `Duty`, `Time Up`, Time Down`, `Details of Sortie or Flight` and `Summary of Events`. Greater detail is provided for February 10th 1945 when the aircraft got into difficulties after being struck by lightning around midnight. The crew are named as Willis, Mackie, Isabel, Gates, Uckton, Miles, Clark and Clark.
Booklet tracing the history of Tiree`s weather station and early flights to the island, the RAF, traditional methods of forecasting the weather and weather extremes. Researched by Dr John Holliday for a summer exhibition at An Iodhlann.
Two photographs of one of the aircraft involved in the mid-air collision in 1944.
Two prints of a photograph of Halifax `S` of RAF Tiree 518 Squadron flying over Loch Linnhe in 1944. This was one of two aircraft involved in the fatal mid-air collision over Tiree in August 1944 with the loss of all 16 crew. Given to Dr Holliday by DJ Macfarlane of Oban during war-book launch 2012. (same photo as R153)
Information about the flight crew of one of the mid-air collision Halifaxes
Printed email from Ken Organ about the flight crew of one of the RAF Halifax aircraft that crashed in mid-air over Tiree in 1944 with the loss of all crew`s lives. Ken` father was one of them.
15 August 2012: “I said I would inform you of the identity of the airmen on the photograph we looked at last week. From the original my father noted the airmen thus:- front row left to right: F/O “Harry” Oates, F/Lt “Bill” Kemp, F/O K W Organ, F/O “Johnny” Peterson; back row left to right: Sgt “Bill” Graham, Arthur Marshall, “Norm” Power, “Warny” Creswell.
I understand that my father’s crew in the accident on 16/8/1944 included six of the above, but not Kemp and Power. Instead of Kemp and Power there was P/O B W Smith and Sgt P G Smith. I do not know when or where the photograph was taken, but his diary notes he was posted to Tiree on 10th August 1944 (and the accident was six days later); prior to Tiree his diary notes he was at RAF Brawdy (in Pembrokeshire). Maybe the photograph was taken there and that he went with most of his crew to Tiree. I guess we’ll never know.”
Photograph of the flight crew of air-collision Halifax during WWII
Black and white photograph of the crew of one of the Halifax aircraft of 518 Squadron, RAF Tiree, that collided in mid-air over Tiree on 16 August 1944 with the loss of both air crews. Back row L-R: Sgt “Bill” Graham, Arthur Marshall, “Norm” Power, “Warny” Creswell. Front row L-R: F/O “Harry” Oates, F/lt “Bill” Kemp, F/O K W Organ (donor`s father), F/O “Johnny ” Peterson. The photo was probably taken at RAF Brawdy in Pembrokeshire before their posting to Tiree. Kemp and Power did not follow the rest of the crew to Tiree, but were instead replaced by P/O BW Smith and Sgt PG Smith (not photographed). The accident happened only six days after they arrived on the island.
Photograph of one of the Halifax aircraft involved in the mid-air collision over Tiree in 1944
Black & white photograph of one of the Halifax aircraft that was involved in the mid-air collision with another Halifax over Tiree on 16 Aug 1944 with the loss of all 16 airmen (8 in each plane). This is thought to be the one in which Leonard Revilliod (grandson of the first President of Czecheslovakia) was part of the crew when it crashed. (a print of the same photograph is filed 2012.135.6 filing cabinet 9 drawer 4)
Printed internet content about a flight officer`s experiences of service in 518 Squardon, RAF Tiree, during WWII, and how their operations were critical to finding the weather window for the D Day landings (copyright www.oldnautibits.com).
Photograph of a memorial to aircrew of RAF Tiree at Tullan Strand, Ireland, 2003
Colour photograph of a stone memorial to the crew of the Halifax aircraft LK 704 of 518 Squadon, Tiree, that crashed at Tullan Strand, Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland, on 23 Jan. 1944, with the strand/beach in the backround. Taken by Sheila MacKinnon, Barrapol. (original stored in filing cabinet 9 drawer 4)
Photograph of a memorial to aircrew of RAF Tiree in Ireland, 2003
Colour photograph of the details of a stone memorial to the crew of the Halifax aircraft LK 704 of 518 Squadon, Tiree, that crashed at Tullan Strand, Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland, on 23 Jan. 1944. Erected by the Adamic and Dawson families of Canada in June 2003 in memory of F/O Vladimic Adamic, W/O Frank Ash, F/O Fred E Dawson, P/O Norman Czowski, Sgt DP Hewitson, Sgt FCE Hussey, F/O Clarence Scott and W/O Pilot Lloyd Upshall. Taken by Sheila MacKinnon, Barrapol. (original stored in filing cabinet 9 drawer 4)