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Fearn Airfield, Bomb Store

Bomb Store (20th Century)

Site Name Fearn Airfield, Bomb Store

Classification Bomb Store (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Hms Owl; Loans Of Rarichie

Canmore ID 114470

Site Number NH87NW 21.05

NGR NH 8362 7646

NGR Description Centred NH 8362 7646

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Fearn
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NH87NW 21.05 Centred 8362 7646

In an area on the NW corner of the airfield, outside the perimeter track is the bomb store. Constructed post 1942 for the Fleet Air Arm, it consisted of two large bays of square blast banks surrounding the store and hoist, plus three smaller ones, all of which are depicted on the OS 1:2500 map (1973). Only one of the large bays survives intact, though one bank has been eroded at its S end. All other bays have been either half demolished or totally removed, the blast banks having been removed or completely removed with the bomb store hut left standing.

Three huts survive, one of which was the tractor shed, the other two buildings were for accommodation both retaining their iron window frames.

The bomb store would operate by the bombs being hoisted out of the brick store-huts onto tractor trailers for transfer to the aircraft in their dispersal areas.

Visited by RCAHMS (DE) January and May 1997

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