Heritage Centre Events in 2018
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2018 has a special significance as 100 years ago on 1st April 1918, the Royal Air Force was established. Formed from the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service it is the oldest independent air force in the world and was, at the end of World War One, the largest in the world. Since its formation, the RAF has taken a significant role in British military history, in particular, playing a vital part in the Second World War where it fought its most famous campaign, the Battle of Britain. Many of the pilots and aces who fought in that battle were trained at Montrose
Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre is proud of its connections with the RAF both then and now and stands in remembrance to the brave men and women who have served in both the RFC and RAF. 2018 stands to be a proud year for us as well as we acquire a new aircraft and also take part in events to commemorate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.
A New Arrival For 2018
An iconic aircraft of the Second World War has been acquired by Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre. The Avro Anson, a Mk. C19, No. TX226 was built at Yeadon in 1946 and is currently stored near Coventry airport. It should arrive at Montrose early in 2018 when it will undergo a rebuild by a team of the centre’s volunteer engineers in our new restoration workshop.
This will be the second acquisition of an important WWII aircraft for the Heritage Centre this year. In March the Heritage centre took delivery of a Miles M.2H Hawk Major, one of only two examples of the type in Britain. The Hawk was acquired from the RAF Museum Reserve Collection and its arrival marked a significant success for the centre as it had faced strong competition for the aircraft from other establishments.
Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre chairman Ron Morris said “The arrival of the Anson will make a significant contribution to our endeavours to show the aircraft that once flew from Montrose, Scotland’s contribution to the RAF, and our efforts to preserve the past for future generations.”
The Heritage Centre is an independent museum managed by award winning volunteers and is entirely self financing. You can really help the project by making a donation to help restore this iconic British aircraft. PLEASE DONATE HERE
Ansons of Coastal Command were based at Montrose from 1939 and throughout the Second World War, operating with 269 Squadron flying reconnaissance patrols up the east coast.
Flying from Montrose, Flt Sgt Tony Reen (later Flt Lt) was on 269 Squadron when war broke out, flying Ansons on patrols in the North Sea. On February 23rd 1940 he successfully attacked and sunk an enemy submarine off Cape Wrath. Tony Reen DFM was a founder member at the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre and a display case at the centre features his uniform and medals, which include Norway’s highest gallantry award – the War Cross with Sword. On leaving the RAF after the war, Tony settled in Montrose with his wife Muriel.
With 10,996 built, the Anson had an extremely long service life. The Anson entered RAF service in March 1936 and remained in use until 1968. Initially it was flown with a 3-man crew but later developments in its reconnaissance role required a 4th crew member. In addition to coastal patrol and training roles, Ansons also provided support for the Air Transport Auxiliary.