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canberra
20-06-2011, 18:05
RAF Sango was a radar site in Sutherland located not far from Cape Wrath and was near the village of Durness. When I was stationed at Tain we used to man up Garvie Island range, our OP was located on top of what had apparently been the radar head. The domestic site was converted to a craft village.

Now what can anyone tell me about RAF Sango ie when did it open and when did it close? Due to its remote location it cant have been a popular posting.

PETERTHEEATER
21-06-2011, 05:46
Location is/was:

http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=58.5634628129646&lon=-4.71514105796814&gz=17&oz=9&gt=1

May have been a Gee station rather than Chain Home

http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/141485/details/leirinmore+northern+type+7000+station/

Carnaby
22-06-2011, 16:18
Now what can anyone tell me about RAF Sango ie when did it open and when did it close?
According to Dobinson it was an 'Advanced Chain Home' and later got Chain Home Low. ACH was being built in 1940
CHL was commissioned summer 1941 to watch northern convoy routes.

PETERTHEEATER
22-07-2012, 09:38
An extant tower base at Sango - Chain Home:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=durness&hl=en&ll=58.56674,-4.727908&spn=0.00846,0.01929&sll=53.275572,-3.475724&sspn=0.002438,0.004823&t=h&hnear=Durness,+Highland,+United+Kingdom&z=16&layer=c&cbll=58.56674,-4.727908&panoid=8FfYQ6rTUcYaUGFNz1qvDg&cbp=12,56.71,,1,1.45

Incidentally, Martin Burney informs me that the correct name is Advance Chain Home (not Advanced). In other words it's at the sharp end.

mbriscoe
22-07-2012, 11:21
... Incidentally, Martin Burney informs me that the correct name is Advance Chain Home (not Advanced). In other words it's at the sharp end.

I think the ACH was built in advance of the main CH site.

In January 1941 Sango had an ACH whilst awaiting construction of the main CH.

In October 1945 the CH and CHL were operational but scheduled for reduction to C&M.

Building Radar says the Portmor ACH became the Kilkenneth reserve though I think they moved the equipment.

MB

John Anderson
22-07-2012, 21:53
RAF Sango was a radar site in Sutherland located not far from Cape Wrath and was near the village of Durness. When I was stationed at Tain we used to man up Garvie Island range, our OP was located on top of what had apparently been the radar head. The domestic site was converted to a craft village.

Now what can anyone tell me about RAF Sango ie when did it open and when did it close? Due to its remote location it cant have been a popular posting.

Think there are 2 distinct sites in the area. RAF Sango is not the same as the site on Faraid Head (closer to Durness), which is the site of range control for Garvie Island Range and Cape Wrath Naval Bombardment Range.

mbriscoe
22-07-2012, 22:22
Think there are 2 distinct sites in the area. RAF Sango is not the same as the site on Faraid Head (closer to Durness), which is the site of range control for Garvie Island Range and Cape Wrath Naval Bombardment Range.

Sango is on the East side of Durness whereas the later ROTOR station is West of the village.


RAF Sango CH & CHL (http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/141476/details/leirinbeg+sango+chain+home+and+northern+type+7000+ radar+station/)
RAF Sangor GEE (http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/141485/details/leirinmore+northern+type+7000+station/)
RAF Faraid Head (http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/257707/details/faraid+head+rotor+centrimetric+early+warning+radar +station/)



Should also be on the HER but that seems broken this weekend.

mbriscoe
16-01-2015, 00:45
Some pictures taken in 2003


RAF Sango WWII Chain Home, Chain Home Low Radar and GEE Station

Pictures taken in 2003, not Geocoded so not able to identify exact locations of each image.

Chain Home AMES No.57
Chain Home Low AMES No.57A

ID:MHG42379
Type of record:Monument
Name:WW2 Camp, Sango
Grid Reference:NC 4150 6750
Map Sheet:NC46NW
Civil Parish:DURNESS
Geographical Area:SUTHERLAND

Alternative Names Sangomore; Smoo Radar Station; Gee Station
Site Type RADAR STATION (20TH CENTURY)
Canmore ID 141476
Site Number NC46NW 22
NGR NC 4153 6750
Council HIGHLAND
Parish DURNESS
Former Region HIGHLAND
Former District SUTHERLAND
Former County SUTHERLAND

mbriscoe
16-01-2015, 00:46
And more ...

mbriscoe
16-01-2015, 00:47
And yet more .....