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Sunday, 18 December 2011, at 19:19 by BigA - restore (+4154)
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'''RAF Wigton''' was a World War II airfield which is also be referred to as Wigtown airfield, and Baldoon airfield, and was constructed on land to just over one mile (2 km) south of Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway.

The area was originally covered with anti-invasion defences at the start of World War II, to deny its use to enemy aircraft, but these were cleared once the site had been allocated for wartime use.

The airfield opened in 1941 as a training school, and hosted No 1 Air Observers School from September 13, 1941, to February 1, 1942, and operated in conjunction with a tracked target range near the coast to the southeast.

Initially constructed with grass runways, flooding of the land soon caused these to become unusable, and two concrete runways were installed during 1942.

Operations at the airfield came to an end in 1945 with the end of the war, and the field passed to Maintenance Command and was placed in care and maintenance, transferring to No 14 Maintenance Unit from  July 1, 1946, to March 1, 1948, when the airfield was finally closed.

After 1948, the Wigtown airfield was given over to civilian use, although the runways have never been maintained since then, and can be seen to have deteriorated over the years.

Aerial photographs taken of the are during 1946 are reported to show seven large hangars, together with 24 areas of hard standing where blister hangars would have been located, 12 still being visible in the photographs, as were all the building of the accommodation camp to the west of Baldoon Hill.

The site was never cleared, and many of the original buildings still survive around the site, and although much of the land has reverted to agricultural use, aerial views of the land show that nearly all the perimeter and access roads remain visible, as do the roads to the various dispersal sites and installations belonging to the original airfield. As well as the roads, the concrete bases of many of the hangars and other buildings can still be seen on the ground.

Although reported to be due for demolition during 1983, for use a hardcore in a harbour project near Wigtown, the control tower still stands in 2008. The buildings of the gas decontamination centre located on the field still stand, as does the squash rackets court identified as belonging to the field. Located across the site are some fourteen air-raid shelters.

!!External links
(:discuss:1237761295:)
(:include PageLinks:)
(:rclink:94519:)(:rctxt:Wigton airfield:)
(:rclink2:120942:)(:rc2txt:Military Camp:)
(:rclink3:149977:)(:rc3txt:Tracked Target Range:)
(:rclink4:256108:)(:rc4txt:Control Tower:)
(:rclink5:256109:)(:rc5txt:Gas Decontamination centre):)
(:rclink6:256110:)(:rc6txt:Building (Squash Rackets Court):)
(:rclink7:256111:)(:rc7txt:Bomb Store:)
* [[http://www.controltowers.co.uk/W-Z/Wigtown.htm | Wigtown control tower]]
* [[http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q51/norwichpaul/RAF%20Wigtown/ | norwichpaul RAF Wigtown]]
* [[http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/stewart_stevenson/jassfly7.htm | Wigtown airfield private information]]

!!Aerial views
(:include PageMaps:)

!!Map
*(:gma-point lat=54.8525938 lon=-4.4424053 link='41.00 Wigton airfield R A F Wigtown' :)
(:mlat:54.8525938:)(:mlon:-4.4424053:)(:mngr6:NX433536:)(:ngr:NX4330853612:)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX42005310 :) link='41.01 Military Camp Centred' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4457252527 :) link='41.02 Tracked Target Range' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4331753268 :) link='41.03 Control Tower' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4333352923 :) link='41.04 Gas Decontamination centre' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4224352945 :) link='41.05 Building (Squash Rackets Court)' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4388553142 :) link='41.06 Bomb Store a' :), (:gma-point (:llVgm NX4398653124 :) link='41.06 Bomb Store b' :), (:gma-point (:llVgm NX4394753037 :) link='41.06 Bomb Store c' :)

(:gma-map view=sat zoom=14 :)

[[!World War II]]
[[!Airfield]]
[[!Training Area]]
Sunday, 18 December 2011, at 11:11 by zrexdejj - SxjDGqexZJ (-4154)
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'''RAF Wigton''' was a World War II airfield which is also be referred to as Wigtown airfield, and Baldoon airfield, and was constructed on land to just over one mile (2 km) south of Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway.

The area was originally covered with anti-invasion defences at the start of World War II, to deny its use to enemy aircraft, but these were cleared once the site had been allocated for wartime use.

The airfield opened in 1941 as a training school, and hosted No 1 Air Observers School from September 13, 1941, to February 1, 1942, and operated in conjunction with a tracked target range near the coast to the southeast.

Initially constructed with grass runways, flooding of the land soon caused these to become unusable, and two concrete runways were installed during 1942.

Operations at the airfield came to an end in 1945 with the end of the war, and the field passed to Maintenance Command and was placed in care and maintenance, transferring to No 14 Maintenance Unit from  July 1, 1946, to March 1, 1948, when the airfield was finally closed.

After 1948, the Wigtown airfield was given over to civilian use, although the runways have never been maintained since then, and can be seen to have deteriorated over the years.

Aerial photographs taken of the are during 1946 are reported to show seven large hangars, together with 24 areas of hard standing where blister hangars would have been located, 12 still being visible in the photographs, as were all the building of the accommodation camp to the west of Baldoon Hill.

The site was never cleared, and many of the original buildings still survive around the site, and although much of the land has reverted to agricultural use, aerial views of the land show that nearly all the perimeter and access roads remain visible, as do the roads to the various dispersal sites and installations belonging to the original airfield. As well as the roads, the concrete bases of many of the hangars and other buildings can still be seen on the ground.

Although reported to be due for demolition during 1983, for use a hardcore in a harbour project near Wigtown, the control tower still stands in 2008. The buildings of the gas decontamination centre located on the field still stand, as does the squash rackets court identified as belonging to the field. Located across the site are some fourteen air-raid shelters.

!!External links
(:discuss:1237761295:)
(:include PageLinks:)
(:rclink:94519:)(:rctxt:Wigton airfield:)
(:rclink2:120942:)(:rc2txt:Military Camp:)
(:rclink3:149977:)(:rc3txt:Tracked Target Range:)
(:rclink4:256108:)(:rc4txt:Control Tower:)
(:rclink5:256109:)(:rc5txt:Gas Decontamination centre):)
(:rclink6:256110:)(:rc6txt:Building (Squash Rackets Court):)
(:rclink7:256111:)(:rc7txt:Bomb Store:)
* [[http://www.controltowers.co.uk/W-Z/Wigtown.htm | Wigtown control tower]]
* [[http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q51/norwichpaul/RAF%20Wigtown/ | norwichpaul RAF Wigtown]]
* [[http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/stewart_stevenson/jassfly7.htm | Wigtown airfield private information]]

!!Aerial views
(:include PageMaps:)

!!Map
*(:gma-point lat=54.8525938 lon=-4.4424053 link='41.00 Wigton airfield R A F Wigtown' :)
(:mlat:54.8525938:)(:mlon:-4.4424053:)(:mngr6:NX433536:)(:ngr:NX4330853612:)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX42005310 :) link='41.01 Military Camp Centred' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4457252527 :) link='41.02 Tracked Target Range' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4331753268 :) link='41.03 Control Tower' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4333352923 :) link='41.04 Gas Decontamination centre' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4224352945 :) link='41.05 Building (Squash Rackets Court)' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4388553142 :) link='41.06 Bomb Store a' :), (:gma-point (:llVgm NX4398653124 :) link='41.06 Bomb Store b' :), (:gma-point (:llVgm NX4394753037 :) link='41.06 Bomb Store c' :)

(:gma-map view=sat zoom=14 :)

[[!World War II]]
[[!Airfield]]
[[!Training Area]]
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Thursday, 15 December 2011, at 11:29 by BigA - restore (+4167)
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Ah, i see. Well that's not too tirkcy at all!"
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'''RAF Wigton''' was a World War II airfield which is also be referred to as Wigtown airfield, and Baldoon airfield, and was constructed on land to just over one mile (2 km) south of Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway.

The area was originally covered with anti-invasion defences at the start of World War II, to deny its use to enemy aircraft, but these were cleared once the site had been allocated for wartime use.

The airfield opened in 1941 as a training school, and hosted No 1 Air Observers School from September 13, 1941, to February 1, 1942, and operated in conjunction with a tracked target range near the coast to the southeast.

Initially constructed with grass runways, flooding of the land soon caused these to become unusable, and two concrete runways were installed during 1942.

Operations at the airfield came to an end in 1945 with the end of the war, and the field passed to Maintenance Command and was placed in care and maintenance, transferring to No 14 Maintenance Unit from  July 1, 1946, to March 1, 1948, when the airfield was finally closed.

After 1948, the Wigtown airfield was given over to civilian use, although the runways have never been maintained since then, and can be seen to have deteriorated over the years.

Aerial photographs taken of the are during 1946 are reported to show seven large hangars, together with 24 areas of hard standing where blister hangars would have been located, 12 still being visible in the photographs, as were all the building of the accommodation camp to the west of Baldoon Hill.

The site was never cleared, and many of the original buildings still survive around the site, and although much of the land has reverted to agricultural use, aerial views of the land show that nearly all the perimeter and access roads remain visible, as do the roads to the various dispersal sites and installations belonging to the original airfield. As well as the roads, the concrete bases of many of the hangars and other buildings can still be seen on the ground.

Although reported to be due for demolition during 1983, for use a hardcore in a harbour project near Wigtown, the control tower still stands in 2008. The buildings of the gas decontamination centre located on the field still stand, as does the squash rackets court identified as belonging to the field. Located across the site are some fourteen air-raid shelters.

!!External links
(:discuss:1237761295:)
(:include PageLinks:)
(:rclink:94519:)(:rctxt:Wigton airfield:)
(:rclink2:120942:)(:rc2txt:Military Camp:)
(:rclink3:149977:)(:rc3txt:Tracked Target Range:)
(:rclink4:256108:)(:rc4txt:Control Tower:)
(:rclink5:256109:)(:rc5txt:Gas Decontamination centre):)
(:rclink6:256110:)(:rc6txt:Building (Squash Rackets Court):)
(:rclink7:256111:)(:rc7txt:Bomb Store:)
* [[http://www.controltowers.co.uk/W-Z/Wigtown.htm | Wigtown control tower]]
* [[http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q51/norwichpaul/RAF%20Wigtown/ | norwichpaul RAF Wigtown]]
* [[http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/stewart_stevenson/jassfly7.htm | Wigtown airfield private information]]

!!Aerial views
(:include PageMaps:)

!!Map
*(:gma-point lat=54.8525938 lon=-4.4424053 link='41.00 Wigton airfield R A F Wigtown' :)
(:mlat:54.8525938:)(:mlon:-4.4424053:)(:mngr6:NX433536:)(:ngr:NX4330853612:)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX42005310 :) link='41.01 Military Camp Centred' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4457252527 :) link='41.02 Tracked Target Range' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4331753268 :) link='41.03 Control Tower' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4333352923 :) link='41.04 Gas Decontamination centre' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4224352945 :) link='41.05 Building (Squash Rackets Court)' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4388553142 :) link='41.06 Bomb Store a' :), (:gma-point (:llVgm NX4398653124 :) link='41.06 Bomb Store b' :), (:gma-point (:llVgm NX4394753037 :) link='41.06 Bomb Store c' :)

(:gma-map view=sat zoom=14 :)

[[!World War II]]
[[!Airfield]]
[[!Training Area]]
Thursday, 15 December 2011, at 08:45 by Nyvaeh - QYYbXYrQNBfND (-4167)
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%rframe width=200px wikilink%[[http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/Section1/swiki/w1/wigtonrunway.jpg | http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/Section1/swiki/w1/wigtonrunway.jpg"Runway, 2007"]] | Runway[[<<]] [[http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/562071 | Mark McKie]]
'''RAF Wigton''' was a World War II airfield which is also be referred to as Wigtown airfield, and Baldoon airfield, and was constructed on land to just over one mile (2 km) south of Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway.

The area was originally covered with anti-invasion defences at the start of World War II, to deny its use to enemy aircraft, but these were cleared once the site had been allocated for wartime use.

The airfield opened in 1941 as a training school, and hosted No 1 Air Observers School from September 13, 1941, to February 1, 1942, and operated in conjunction with a tracked target range near the coast to the southeast.

Initially constructed with grass runways, flooding of the land soon caused these to become unusable, and two concrete runways were installed during 1942.

Operations at the airfield came to an end in 1945 with the end of the war, and the field passed to Maintenance Command and was placed in care and maintenance, transferring to No 14 Maintenance Unit from  July 1, 1946, to March 1, 1948, when the airfield was finally closed.

After 1948, the Wigtown airfield was given over to civilian use, although the runways have never been maintained since then, and can be seen to have deteriorated over the years.

Aerial photographs taken of the are during 1946 are reported to show seven large hangars, together with 24 areas of hard standing where blister hangars would have been located, 12 still being visible in the photographs, as were all the building of the accommodation camp to the west of Baldoon Hill.

The site was never cleared, and many of the original buildings still survive around the site, and although much of the land has reverted to agricultural use, aerial views of the land show that nearly all the perimeter and access roads remain visible, as do the roads to the various dispersal sites and installations belonging to the original airfield. As well as the roads, the concrete bases of many of the hangars and other buildings can still be seen on the ground.

Although reported to be due for demolition during 1983, for use a hardcore in a harbour project near Wigtown, the control tower still stands in 2008. The buildings of the gas decontamination centre located on the field still stand, as does the squash rackets court identified as belonging to the field. Located across the site are some fourteen air-raid shelters.

!!External links
(:discuss:1237761295:)
(:include PageLinks:)
(:rclink:94519:)(:rctxt:Wigton airfield:)
(:rclink2:120942:)(:rc2txt:Military Camp:)
(:rclink3:149977:)(:rc3txt:Tracked Target Range:)
(:rclink4:256108:)(:rc4txt:Control Tower:)
(:rclink5:256109:)(:rc5txt:Gas Decontamination centre):)
(:rclink6:256110:)(:rc6txt:Building (Squash Rackets Court):)
(:rclink7:256111:)(:rc7txt:Bomb Store:)
* [[http://www.controltowers.co.uk/W-Z/Wigtown.htm | Wigtown control tower]]
* [[http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q51/norwichpaul/RAF%20Wigtown/ | norwichpaul RAF Wigtown]]
* [[http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/stewart_stevenson/jassfly7.htm | Wigtown airfield private information]]

!!Aerial views
(:include PageMaps:)

!!Map
*(:gma-point lat=54.8525938 lon=-4.4424053 link='41.00 Wigton airfield R A F Wigtown' :)
(:mlat:54.8525938:)(:mlon:-4.4424053:)(:mngr6:NX433536:)(:ngr:NX4330853612:)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX42005310 :) link='41.01 Military Camp Centred' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4457252527 :) link='41.02 Tracked Target Range' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4331753268 :) link='41.03 Control Tower' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4333352923 :) link='41.04 Gas Decontamination centre' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4224352945 :) link='41.05 Building (Squash Rackets Court)' :)
*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4388553142 :) link='41.06 Bomb Store a' :), (:gma-point (:llVgm NX4398653124 :) link='41.06 Bomb Store b' :), (:gma-point (:llVgm NX4394753037 :) link='41.06 Bomb Store c' :)

(:gma-map view=sat zoom=14 :)

[[!World War II]]
[[!Airfield]]
[[!Training Area]]
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Ah, i see. Well that's not too tirkcy at all!"
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(:discuss:1237761295:)
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* [[http://www.defence-estates.mod.uk/byelaws/Pdfs/Scotland/Lapsed/Burrow%20Head%20AAC%20Artillery%20Range/SI-144-1940-P1-P8.pdf | Burrow Head ani aircraft artillery range]]
** [[http://www.rcahms.gov.uk/pls/portal/newcanmore.newcandig_details_gis?inumlink=146537 | RCAHMS entry for range]]

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[[!ToDo]]

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The area was originally provided with anti-invasion defences at the start of World War II, to deny its use to enemy aircraft, but these were cleared once the site had been allocated for wartime use.
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The area was originally covered with anti-invasion defences at the start of World War II, to deny its use to enemy aircraft, but these were cleared once the site had been allocated for wartime use.
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Although reported to be due for demolition during 1983, for use a hardcore in a harbour project near Wigtown, the control tower still stands in 2008. The building of the gas decontamination centre located on the field still stand, as does the squash rackets court identified as belonging to the field. Located across the site are some fourteen air-raid shelters.
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Although reported to be due for demolition during 1983, for use a hardcore in a harbour project near Wigtown, the control tower still stands in 2008. The buildings of the gas decontamination centre located on the field still stand, as does the squash rackets court identified as belonging to the field. Located across the site are some fourteen air-raid shelters.
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'''RAF Wigton'''





Wigtown Airfield Alternative Names: Baldoon Airfield

Opened - 1941, closed - 1948. Hosted No 29 Group (1944)

No 1 Air Observers School (13 Sep 1941 - 1 Feb 1942)

No 3206 Servicing Commando
(18 - 26 Sep 1943)

Sub-site, No 14 Maintenance Unit (1 Jul 1946 - 1 Mar 1948)

----
Originally built in connection with target towing on the Burrow Head ranges. At the start of WWII the area was obstructed against enemy landings, but in 1941, the
airfield was activated.

As there were no hard runways
, the landing ground became unusable because of flooding. Two concrete runways were built during 1942, but by 1945 all flying training had ceased and the airfield was transferred to Maintainance Command.

The airfield is still used by light aircarft today and many hangar bases can be found around the perimeter.

The control tower still stands, but in 1983 it was planned to bulldoze them to provide hardcore for a new harbour project in the nearby town.
D J Smith 1983

The control tower had still not been demolished when the site was visited in March 2004. Several other buildings were also noted
, including a gas decontamination centre and, to the W of the demolished railway bridge, a squash rackets court still retaining its roof .

Also noteworthy are fourteen extant air-raid shelters ranged throughout the site.

The airfield is visible on postwar RAF vertical air photographs (106G/Scot/UK 42, 4209-4213, flown 4 May 1946). The photographs show that the airfield was equipped with seven large hangars, possibly Bellmans and hard standings for at least 24 Blister hangars, of which twelve were extant on the date of photography. All the buildings and structures in the technical area and
the accommodation camp W of Baldoon Hill are clearly shown.
Visited by RCAHMS (DE), March 2004
----
to:
'''RAF Wigton''' was a World War II airfield which is also be referred to as Wigtown airfield, and Baldoon airfield, and was constructed on land to just over one mile (2 km) south of Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway.

The area was originally provided with anti-invasion defences at the start of World War II, to deny its use to enemy aircraft, but these were cleared once the site had been allocated for wartime use.

The
airfield opened in 1941 as a training school, and hosted No 1 Air Observers School from September 13, 1941, to February 1, 1942, and operated in conjunction with a tracked target range near the coast to the southeast.

Initially constructed with grass runways, flooding of the land soon caused these to become unusable, and two concrete runways were installed during 1942.

Operations at the airfield came to an end in 1945 with the end of the war, and the field passed to Maintenance Command and was placed in care and maintenance, transferring to No 14 Maintenance Unit from  July 1, 1946, to March 1, 1948
, when the airfield was finally closed.

After 1948
, the Wigtown airfield was given over to civilian use, although the runways have never been maintained since then, and can be seen to have deteriorated over the years.

Aerial photographs taken of the are during 1946 are reported to show seven large hangars, together with 24 areas of hard standing where blister hangars would have been located, 12 still being visible in the photographs, as were all the building of the accommodation camp to the west of Baldoon Hill.

The site was never cleared, and many of
the original buildings still survive around the site, and although much of the land has reverted to agricultural use, aerial views of the land show that nearly all the perimeter and access roads remain visible, as do the roads to the various dispersal sites and installations belonging to the original airfield. As well as the roads, the concrete bases of many of the hangars and other buildings can still be seen on the ground.

Although reported to be due for demolition during 1983, for use a hardcore in a harbour project near Wigtown, the control tower still stands in 2008. The building of the gas decontamination centre located on the field still stand, as does the squash rackets court identified as belonging to the field. Located across the site are some fourteen air
-raid shelters.
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* [[http://www.controltowers.co.uk/W-Z/Wigtown.htm | Wigtown control tower]]
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* [[http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/stewart_stevenson/jassfly7.htm | Wigtown airfield private information]]
* [[http://www.defence-estates.mod.uk/byelaws/Pdfs/Scotland/Lapsed/Burrow%20Head%20AAC%20Artillery%20Range/SI-144-1940-P1-P8.pdf | Burrow Head ani aircraft artillery range]]
** [[http://www.rcahms.gov.uk/pls/portal/newcanmore.newcandig_details_gis?inumlink=146537 | RCAHMS entry for range]]
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'''RAF Wigton'''




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Opened - 1941, closed - 1948. Hosted No 29 Group (1944).


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Opened - 1941, closed - 1948. Hosted No 29 Group (1944)

No 1 Air Observers School (13 Sep 1941 - 1 Feb 1942)

No 3206 Servicing Commando (18 - 26 Sep 1943)

Sub-site, No 14 Maintenance Unit (1 Jul 1946 - 1 Mar 1948)

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Originally built in connection with target towing on the Burrow Head ranges. At the start of WWII the area was obstructed against enemy landings, but in 1941, the airfield was activated. As there were no hard runways, the landing ground became unusable because of flooding. Two concrete runways were built during 1942, but by 1945 all flying training had ceased and the airfield was transferred to Maintainance Command.

The airfield is till used by light aircarft today and many hangar bases can be found around the perimeter. The control tower still stands, but in 1983 it was planned to bulldoze them to provide hardcore for a new harbour project in the nearby town.
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Originally built in connection with target towing on the Burrow Head ranges. At the start of WWII the area was obstructed against enemy landings, but in 1941, the airfield was activated.

As
there were no hard runways, the landing ground became unusable because of flooding. Two concrete runways were built during 1942, but by 1945 all flying training had ceased and the airfield was transferred to Maintainance Command.

The airfield is still used by light aircarft today and many hangar bases can be found around the perimeter.

The control tower still stands, but in 1983 it was planned to bulldoze them to provide hardcore for a new harbour project in the nearby town.
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The control tower (NX 43316 53268) had still not been demolished when the site was visited in March 2004. Several other buildings were also noted, including a gas decontamination centre (NX 43333 52923) and, to the W of the demolished railway bridge, a squash rackets court still retaining its roof (NX 42243 52945).
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The control tower had still not been demolished when the site was visited in March 2004. Several other buildings were also noted, including a gas decontamination centre and, to the W of the demolished railway bridge, a squash rackets court still retaining its roof .
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*(:gma-point (:llVgm NX4394753037 :) link='41.06 Bomb Store c' :)
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Wigtown Airfield Alternative Names: Baldoon Airfield
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Wigtown Airfield Alternative Names: Baldoon Airfield

Map reference: NX 4330 5361

NX45SW 41.00 centred 43308 53612

NX45SW 41.01 Centred NX 4200 5310 Military Camp
NX45SW 41.02 NX 44572 52527 Tracked Target Range
NX45SW 41.03 NX 43317 53268 Control Tower
NX45SW 41.04 NX 43333 52923 Gas Decontamination centre
NX45SW 41.05 NX 42243 52945 Building (Squash Rackets Court)
NX45SW 41.06 NX 4388 5 53142, NX 43986 53124 and NX 43947 53037 Bomb Store

Originally built in connection with target towing on the Burrow Head ranges. At the start of WWII the area was obstructed against enemy landings, but in 1941, the airfield was activated. As there were no hard runways, the landing ground became unusable because of flooding. Two concrete runways were built during 1942, but by 1945 all flying training had ceased and the airfield was transferred to Maintainance Command.

The airfield is till used by light aircarft today and many hangar bases can be found around the perimeter. The control tower still stands, but in 1983 it was planned to bulldoze them to provide hardcore for a new harbour project in the nearby town.
D J Smith 1983

The control tower (NX 43316 53268) had still not been demolished when the site was visited in March 2004. Several other buildings were also noted, including a gas decontamination centre (NX 43333 52923) and, to the W of the demolished railway bridge, a squash rackets court still retaining its roof (NX 42243 52945).

Also noteworthy are fourteen extant air-raid shelters ranged throughout the site.

The airfield is visible on postwar RAF vertical air photographs (106G/Scot/UK 42, 4209-4213, flown 4 May 1946). The photographs show that the airfield was equipped with seven large hangars, possibly Bellmans and hard standings for at least 24 Blister hangars, of which twelve were extant on the date of photography. All the buildings and structures in the technical area and the accommodation camp W of Baldoon Hill are clearly shown.
Visited by RCAHMS (DE), March 2004
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Opened - 1941, closed - 1948. Hosted No 29 Group (1944).


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!!External links
* [[http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q51/norwichpaul/RAF%20Wigtown/ | norwichpaul RAF Wigtown]]


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