Book ‘The Hebrides at War’ by Mike Hughes, 1998. An illustrated account of the men and women who served and lived in Oban and the Hebrides during World War II. From the belongings of the MacDonald/MacCorquodale/MacLean family of Kenovay.
Two coloured charts mapping the sea bed around (1) Tiree and Coll, and (2) Barra Head and Skerryvore. They were produced by the German authorities during WWII to enable their U-boats to navigate in these areas.
Detailed copy of the original hand-drawn weather chart created by the Meteorological Office of the Air Ministry in London for the morning of Monday 5th June 1944. It includes isobars, windspeeds and weather systems in the north Atlantic and notes on general inference and outlook. On the reverse are rows of data collected in various areas, including Tiree, from which the chart was drawn. These data were used to forecast the break in the weather that enabled the D-Day landings on the 6th June 1944.
Scanned copies of photographs of HMS Tiree in Malta in 1957, members of Polish 304 Squadron beside their Wellington XIV and one signed by one of the aircrew, a pilot and navigator in a cockpit, a Warwick aircraft and Warwick ‘ghost’ aircraft with descriptive text. Includes the reverse sides of each photograph. *Copyright restrictions apply*
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Copy of a typed ‘Starting and Running Procedure for Hercules XVI Engine. Halifax III. A/C’ for use by pilots flying Halifax aircraft out of RAF Tiree during WWII. 518 Squadron Meteorological Observers used these aircraft.
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Small illustrated card from a packet of Park Drive cigarettes (Gallaher Ltd) showing the WWII destroyer ‘HMS Sturdy’ at sea. HMS Sturdy was wrecked on the rocks at Sandaig during a storm in 1940.
St John’s Ambulance medal and two British Red Cross badges of honour belonging to Dr Neil Hugh Alan MacKinnon, Balemartine (1900-1976), who served as a medic overseas during WWII and after in the Red Cross Hospital for Officers at Percival Terrace, Brighton.