Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust - Tain and Fearn Airfields memorialTain & Fearn Airfields
Tain and Fearn Airfields to be honoured with the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust’s latest memorials
As a result of long planning, the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust (http://www.abct.org.uk/) will be unveiling our national charity’s latest memorials on Saturday 11 August to commemorate Tain and Fearn Airfields.
Tain Airfield was a major RAF fighter and maritime patrol airfield during World War Two, and still remains famous today, both at home at abroad. Among the airfield’s many feats was sinking some of the last U-boats during the conflict, one of which (U-534) has since been salvaged to become a popular museum at Birkenhead in Merseyside. Tain Airfield continues to be tangible, with its control tower especially being somewhat iconic and extremely evocative.
Fearn Airfield, also known as HMS Owl, originally served as Tain’s satellite airfield before becoming one of Britain’s most important World War Two naval airfields. From 1942 this place proved extremely busy through holding numerous Fleet Air Arm squadrons for torpedo bomber and anti-shipping training. Much of this airfield still remains, with Fearn’s naval control tower now being used as a private house following long restoration.
Both memorials are the main standardised design already widely utilised by the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust (ABCT), and its objective is to eventually commemorate each known disused airfield site in Britain with one of two forms of standardised granite memorial – well over 80 have already been unveiled to clearly major effect, with nearly 200 of them to be in place by the end of 2018.
ABCT is the world’s first national airfield charity, truly revolutionary, and making a real difference to the advancement and betterment of everyday society.
Event details as follows:
Saturday 11 August 2018, 10.30 am
At south end of airfield’s north-south runway, east of town off from minor road between Tain and Inver
Saturday 11 August 2018, 2.30 pm
Off B9166 road between Hill of Fearn and Balintore on east side of airfield at west end of Fearn Drome Industrial Estate
See the home page of ABCT’s 3,000 page website (http://www.abct.org.uk/) for further details.