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Skitten Airfield

Airfield (20th Century)

Site Name Skitten Airfield

Classification Airfield (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Killimster

Canmore ID 91618

Site Number ND35NW 27

NGR ND 32173 56796

NGR Description Centred ND 32173 56796

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Wick
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

ND35NW 27.00 Centred 32173 56796

ND35NW 27.01 ND 31687 56824 Pillbox

ND35NW 27.02 ND 32643 55506 Cinema; Chapel

ND35NW 27.03 ND 31976 56966 Control Tower

ND35NW 27.04 ND 31896 56967 Aircraft Hangar

ND35NW 27.05 c.ND 3178 5671 Pillbox (possible)

ND35NW 27.06 c.ND 3164 5689 Pillbox (possible)

ND35NW 27.07 c.ND 3162 5711 Pillbox (possible)

ND35NW 27.08 centred ND 3180 5692 Buidlings; Huts

Construction of this airfield began early in 1940, and it was extended during 1942. One runway was lengthened in 1943 as the airfield had been designated as a reserve base for Bomber Command. The airfield closed sometime during 1944.

At the present time the runways are badly deteriorated.

D J Smith 1983.

This airfield is situated to the NW of Wick on the E side of the B 876 public road near Killimster. Many buildings survive in the former technical area which surrounding the famrsteading at Andor. The buildings are mainly in use as animal sheds or for farm vehicles. The runways have mainly been destroyed by quarrying and a large corrugated iron shed has been constructed on the S end of the N-S runway. The northern side has recently been cleared and is now a pile of rubble. The gym is still extant beside the road.

J Guy 2000; NMRS MS 810/10, Vol.1, 13, Vol.3, 18-19

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