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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 )

Crash victims benefit from wartime research

CREW and passengers aboard Flight 1549 which ditched in the Hudson River in New York on January 15 2009 may have the Second World War work of the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Helensburgh partly to thank for their survival.

So too the crew of the helicopter and 18 oil rig workers rescued in the North Sea 125 miles off Aberdeen in February may have benefitted.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 09:07 )

French hero made home in burgh

A SHY Frenchman who won some of his country’s highest honours during and after World War Two spent the final 22 years of his life in retirement in Helensburgh.

Rene Taverne, who met his wife Leda in Dunoon during the war, lived at 7 Scott Court, James Street. He died in the Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria, on November 27 1993 at the age of 77, and Leda died there too, six years later, at the age of 89.

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 June 2010 18:30 )

Brave RSM retired to burgh

ONE of the most bemedalled soldiers in the British Army was married to a Helensburgh woman and lived in the burgh for nearly 20 years after retiring from the army.

Regimental Sergeant Major Richard Thomas Boyde, MBE, DCM, of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, retired from the regiment on December 13 1966 at the age of 54 and after 33 years service.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 09:10 )

Helensburgh's Victoria Cross hero

A HELENSBURGH man who served as a County Councillor for 23 years was a First World War hero who won the Victoria Cross, the top award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.

Colonel George de Cardonnel Elmsall Findlay was born on August 20 1889 in Cardross and died suddenly at his burgh home, Drumfork House, on June 26 1967.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 May 2010 08:21 )

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Next Open Meeting

ASH badgeRobert Layden will talk about the 9th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in World War One on Wednesday October 29 at 7.30pm. All welcome. AGM at 7pm.

Winter Talks 2014-15

  • Wednesday September 24 2014 — Peter McCaughey: Establishing Helensburgh's Open Air Museum
  • Wednesday October 29 — AGM at 7pm; Robert Layden: The 9th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in World War One
  • Wednesday November 26 — Ian McKellar: Parkhead and the Garden, Rosneath       

  • Wednesday January 28 2015 — Michael Gallagher: Reinventing Ruins — stories from Kilmahew and St Peter's Seminary
  • Wednesday February 25 — Tam Ward: Recent Discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society
  • Wednesday March 25 — Michael Davis: Curious Interconnections of the Mansions of Cowal

All meetings are in the upstairs meeting room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm

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