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20 died in 1949 air tragedy

AN American Boeing B29 Superfortress crashed in Succoth Glen, Argyll, in January 1949, killing all 20 people on board.

The plane came down in bad weather, and to this day a large amount of wreckage still remains. The site is marked with a memorial cairn.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 08:54 )

 

First World War fighter ace

A HELENSBURGH man was the top Scottish flying ace of the First World War.

Major John Ingles Gilmour had 39 ‘victories’ to his credit — in other words he shot down 39 German aircraft.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 28 June 2014 14:43 )

New book on secret air force

RETIRED newspaper editor Robin Bird has now nearly completed his research for a book, Secret Air Force of World War Two, about the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment based at Helensburgh between 1939-45.

MAEE was a secret wing of the Royal Air Force and tested seaplanes, radar, Leigh Lights, torpedoes and depth bombs as part of the war on U-Boats.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 08:59 )

Secret research in Glen Fruin

THE Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment based in Helensburgh during the Second World War operated the world's largest indoor water testing tank at Glen Fruin.

Like the operations based at Rhu Hangars, the facility in the glen carried out work which was cloaked in secrecy, says Robin Bird who wrote ‘Top Secret War Bird of World War Two’, which is about MAEE and his father who served there, photographer Bob Bird.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 09:01 )

Rosneath Naval Base: 1941-45

This article is reprinted from the Gareloch and Rosneath Peninsula Website by kind permission of Dennis Royal
and website administrator Margaret Isaacs.

ROSNEATH'S prestigious royal connection of some 68 years ended in 1939 with the death of H.R.H. Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll — but World War Two was to bring a very different significance to the area.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 September 2010 13:12 )

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Winter Open Meetings 2015-16

A new series of six Winter Open Meetings will begin on Wednesday September 30 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm.

Further meetings will be held on the last Wednesdays of October, November, January 2016, February and March.

The speakers programme will be published as soon as it is available.