Scotland’s most senior Royal Air Force officer was at Stornoway airport on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, (Thursday June 6th) to cement and commemorate the historic links of the RAF with the town.
Air Vice Marshal Ross Paterson CB OBE ADC DL presented airport managers with the crest of the former RAF Stornoway base, which will be displayed in the terminal building.
Air Vice Marshal Paterson told welovestornoway.com: “The crest marks the history of RAF Stornoway and will be displayed here in the terminal so that those passing are aware of the important role Stornoway has played in the history of the RAF.”
Stornoway’s RAF connections began in 1940, when it operated as a base for Coastal Command squadrons before being constituted as RAF Stornoway in 1941. Patrols, reconnaissance and air-sea rescue operated from there throughout the war. It later became home to an RAF signals unit and, in the 1980s, a forward operations based with a longer runway and new buildings. RAF Stornoway closed on March 31st 1998.
The framed crest will become part of a Scottish aviation heritage trail soon to be launched, which celebrates the numerous connections worldwide between locations in Scotland, including radar stations and air sea rescue bases.
Picture shows Air Vice Marshal Paterson presenting the commemorative crest to Stornoway-based RAF representative Ian Denny, watched by members of Stornoway airport staff (Stornoway airport).