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2018.16.6

Scanned copy of a Christmas card posted from RAF Tiree to Wales in 1944.  It reads “From daddie with love to little Heddus [who was born only 8 weeks previously] and Mum”. The poem in Welsh translates roughly as “With hope that your Chirstmas will be full of song / To snow, or not to snow, may your world be purely white”.  LAC John Roberts was stationed on Tiree in 1944-45.

2018.16.1

Black & white portrait photograph of Leading Aircraftman Richard Roberts, Wales, who served at RAF Tiree during WWII.

Robert John Roberts, service number 1406025, was on Tiree when his daughter was born in October 1944, and was still there at Christmas time of the same year.

2018.15.1

Emailed information about the HF/DF Station at Kenovay. Built in the utmost secrecy during WWII, it was used to track aircraft and German U-boats, and was key to D-Day operations. After the war all traces of it were carefully removed.

It was certainly in use on D-Day! Its exact  location I cannot be sure of but its intended location was MKJM 06593073 using the Georef system which places it at latitude 56 30 43.8N longitude 006 53 24.6W and its role was vital in securing the return of Coastal Command weather recce aircraft. D-Day was to have been 4 June but Gp Capt Stagg advised General Eisenhower that the weather was a no-no but he had reports from a weather ship that indicated that rising pressure and temperature were likely to push the worst weather North.  An elite crew from 518 Sqn on Tiree were tasked to probe into the weather patterns and establish whether or not this was true. They signalled back to the disbelief of the boffins at Dunstable who said “Rubbish!” but the Polish Met observer put them straight and after nine and a half hours the aircraft returned safely thanks to the brilliant crew and also the radio fixes from Tiree. The flight data was absolutely crucial to the D-Day plan. Well done 518 Sqn!!! It was a true team effort by a marvellous crew of eight, Stagg was right, Eisenhower trusted him and D-Day went ahead.”

2018.1.1

Schrader-Universal tyre pressure gauge used by RAF Servicemen on Tiree during WWII. Compact and made of steel, it was manufactured in the USA by A. Schrader’s Son Inc., New York, for use on Michelin Dunlop tyres, and patented in Australia and England. The end pops out when it reaches the correct pressure.

2017.8.4

Photocopies of three airmail letters between brothers Angus (Gus) and Alasdair (Ali) McLellan, and to their mother Mrs R McLellan, Linlithgow, dated March 1943 and December 1944. Angus served with RAF Ceylon, while Ali served with the Hussars. The letter dated 20/3/1943 from Ali to his mother mentions Charles MacLean of Cornaig, who went missing in action: “Has Mrs MacLean heard any more news about Charles or is he still missing? She must be very upset over it all. How is his father taking the news?” The letters were found by the Findlaters in the old School House in Scarinish.

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2017.19.1

Membership card for the Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society belonging to SAC Urquhart, RAF Tiree, 1957, giving his Radio Callsign. Purchased by the donor from an internet auction site and gifted to An Iodhlann.