Ross & Cromarty War Memorials

 

FORTROSE - RAF Black Isle

RAF Black Isle was a WW2 airfield located a few miles north of Fortrose. It was also known as Blackstand because of proximity to a farm of that name, and was the site of No 42 Satellite Landing Ground with headquarters in a cottage on the farm. The grass runway was only 110 yards.

There is an air of mystery about this place. Designated as a storage area for Lossiemouth Airfield, across the Firth, and 70 miles away by road, when other Airfields, such as Kinloss and Dalcross, were nearer. Furthermore, it is/was sloping ground. One story is that 46 Beaufighters (photo above) were stored there, perhaps in the Robbins Hangar photograph shown in link '2' below. The record supports this as only two units show as being stationed there, and both were 'Maintenance Units'.

1) Secret Scotland.
2) Shows the Robbins Hangar and the 'cottage'..
3) RCAHMS web-site.

Map Ref NH711 607 on OS Sheet 27

 

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