Monthly Archives: June 2020

Margaret Watson-Watt

‘The Mother of Radar’, Margaret Robertson was born in St Catherine’s Road, Perth. Her father, David, was a draughtsman and her mother was employed in Campbell’s Dyeworks. Her father was a partner for a few years, along with Alexander Robertson in the Perth Foundry business, Paul Street, off the Old […]

Flight Lieutenant William Walton DFC and Alexander McInnes

Acting Flight Lieutenant William M Walton from Guildtown, Perthshire, was awarded the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) during the Second world War. Walton, the son of Mr and Mrs Edward Walton, Mavisbank, Guildtown was educated at Guildtown School and Balhousie Boys’ School. He was later employed at  Newmiln Estates where his father […]

Leading Aircraftman Thomas Ralph Morton

On 23 August 1940, Leading Aircraftman Thomas Ralph Morton RAFVR (1005871) died age 20 on active service . He served with No. 3, Radio Maintenance Unit (RMU). Morton was the son of Andrew Gray Morton and Grace Hood Morton, 31 Muirton Place, Perth. He is buried in Perth Welshill Cemetery. […]

Flight Sergeant Ian Graham Campbell Miller

Flight Sergeant Ian (Graham) Miller was an air gunner on an Avro Lancaster Mk1, LM127, KO-H with RAF 115 Squadron. He was the son of Kathleen Graham Miller (née Lipp) of 51 Priory Place, Craigie, Perth. Avro Lancaster Mk.1, LM127, code KO-H, took off from RAF Witchford in Cambridgeshire, at […]

Flying Officer James Harper Greig Horne

Flying Officer James (Jimmie) Harper Greig Horne was the eldest son of Peter Bathie and Bessie Crichton Horne, 18 Breadalbane Terrace, Perth. James who was 23 years old at the time of his death. James was brought up in Laurencekirk being adopted by his uncle and aunt, Mr David Stewart […]

Corporal Colin Mackenzie

Corporal Colin Mackenzie died in Perth Royal Infirmary on 25 November 1942, he was 22 years old. Mackenzie served as an aircraft fitter with RAF 222 (Natal) Squadron. The squadron was initially formed on 5 October 1939 at RAF Duxford to act in a shipping protection role . They were […]

Pilot Officer John George Mackay

John George Mackay was the first pilot of the Civil Air Guard at Newlands (Scone) Aerodrome to fly solo. He received his commission on Christmas Day 1939 and was posted to France to join RAF 26 Squadron. The squadron was equipped with Westland Lysander Mk III aircraft in February 1939. […]

Spitfire AA790 (PRU) Photographic Reconnaissance Unit

On 6 January 1942, Alistair Donald Mackintosh ‘Sandy’ Gunn from Auchterarder took off in a PRU Supermarine Spitfire AA790 on a mission to photograph enemy installations in the Netherlands and Belgium. Sandy is most famously associated with another PRU Spitfire, AA810 (as detailed in the book Where Sky and Summit Meet). […]

South Kilduff Royal Flying Corp Airfield

Between Balado and Crook of Deven lies the farm of South Kilduff. It was described as a ‘3rd class landing ground’ by the NW Area of the Royal Flying Corps, 46th Wing of No. 77 Home Defence Squadron – one of the home defence squadrons formed in 1916 in response […]