‘Hudson Bay’ during the Second World War
A view of ‘Hudson Bay’, otherwise known as the Solway Firth, from Maryport, Cumbria looking northwards towards Dumfriesshire, Scotland
[Photograph by Joseph Ritson]
Those of our friends who reside in Canada might feel the view in the above photograph does not look like the Hudson Bay they are familiar with, and they would be right. In fact, the view is of Solway Firth, an inlet of the Irish Sea, photographed from the former Naval Battery (now a Roman Museum) at Maryport, Cumbria. At the top of the photograph is the southern Scottish coast of Dumfriesshire.
About 12 miles or so to the north of Maryport is the seaside holiday resort of Silloth. Just before World War Two Silloth was chosen, no doubt for its relative remoteness from continental Europe, as the site for one of the new Operational Training Units to train, maintain and fly aircraft in the event of war. As history tells us, the Second World War began in 1939 and so Silloth aerodrome welcomed firstly No 1 O.T.U. (until 1943) and then No 6 O.T.U. between 1943 and 1945. The supporting Maintenance Unit at Silloth aerodrome was No 22 M.U.
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