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    A few pics of Silloth

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    The fourth pic is rather strange with there not being any workshops attached...?

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    Thats because its not a hangar, its a storage shed!

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    But it used to be a hangar....? :0)

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    No, not strictly, Silloth used to be an Aircraft Storage Unit, it stored aircraft in bits or sections. The C shed was used for final assembly prior to delivery of the aircraft to the operational squadrons. A 'C' shed (or hangar) on an operational station is different. For example the overhead runways are les frequent and they go in opposite directions. It has annexes along the sides - which are for use by the resident squadron as workshops, minor stores and offices. Normally two Cs to one operational bomber squadron and the annexe arrangement along the sides are different. With one hangar on the airfield side having a two-storey annexe section over the side entrance. This is the squadron offices. The other hangar of a pair only has single-storey annexes.

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    Type 'K' Aircraft Storage Sheds had annexes but they were blind, ie without windows and were used for storage only. The chief difference between type 'J and 'K' is that the type 'J' has annexes with windows. This is used by squadron and the type 'K' has several more runways in the roof space for assembling aircraft. Type 'C' hangars regardless of whether they were used for storage or operational aircraft are always type 'C'. Types 'E', 'L', Lamella, 'D' & 'K' etc are only found on the ASUs and the ARDs at St Athan and Sealand.

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    Interesting, Thanks for clearing this up as I did not know Silloth was a storage base only.

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    It wasn't only used for storage.

    In its early life it was operated by Coastal Command with No.1 and No.6 (Coastal) Operational Training Units passing through before eventually being down graded post war.

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    It wasn't only used for storage.

    Correct but it was designed in the first instance as an ASU and its that that counts with regards to its buildings and not what it was subsequently used for unless off course buildings were added for its new use.

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    Please have a look at my Rememberance Site for Silloth at -

    http://sillothwargraves.weebly.com/

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