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Site Description - OMAGH AIRFIELD

Defence Heritage Project Number 089   Irish Grid Reference H43657986
         
Location: County One and half miles north west of Omagh.  County Tyrone   Easting 438
         
District /Townland Strathroy, Omagh   Northing 748
         
Date of Construction 1918 – 1930’s   Site Type RAF/ CivilAirfield
         

Description of the site: This was the site of a former 40-acre grass airfield which included tented accommodation for fighter aircraft and military personnel. In 1918, Strathroy became the home of 105 Squadron, RAF flying reconnaissance aircraft, biplanes patrolling across extensive areas of Ireland. The airfield is recorded to have been disbanded in 1919 (Chorlton, 2012).

Site remains: None, unpaved

Construction materials known to have been used: Canvas and timber; Canvas hangers and tents were erected on the site, all of which are now gone (Warner and Cromie, 2012)

Condition of identified remains at site: Recorded to have been “destroyed”.

Information in this document was obtained from:

The Northern Ireland Defence Heritage Project: http://go.qub.ac.uk/DefenceHeritageNI

Irish Grid Reference Finder: https://irish.gridreferencefinder.com/

List of Former RAF Stations: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_former_Royal_Air_Force_stations

Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust: http://www.abct.org.uk/airfields/airfield-finder/killadeas

BBCNI: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-35000942

Chorlton M. 2012. Action Stations Revisited: v. 7: Scotland and Northern Ireland. Crecy Publishing.

Smith D. J. 1983. Military Airfields of Scotland, the North-East and Northern Ireland. PSL Publishing Ltd.

Warner G. & Cromie E. 2012. Military Aviation in Northern Ireland: An Illustrated History – 1913 to the Present Day. Colourpoint Books

Rebecca Milligan, Queen’s University Belfast