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    Default Skipness bombing /gunnery range .

    I spotted a large directional arrow at 55.765614, -5.331738 .Skipness Bombing Range was a World War II bombing range located at Skipness on the east coast of the Kintyre peninsula. The approach to the range passed over the waters of Skipness Bay, and was marked by a large concrete arrow set into the ground adjacent to the east wall of the graveyard next to the remains of Skipness Chapel.

    The arrow indicated the correct approach to the range, which was overlooked by observation posts crewed by observers who would report the result of each crew's run (using dummy, or practice, weapons), allowing them to adjust accordingly on subsequent runs. The range was primarily used by aircraft from HMS Landrail (RNAS Machrihanish), and for both bombing and torpedo practice. There were no targets on land. One of the two towers still stands at the entrance to the village by the cattle-grid. The other - demolished - is supposed to have stood on the point by the cemetery, where can still be seen the large concrete directional arrow in the field between there and the cemetery

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    Senior Member PETERTHEEATER's Avatar
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    Default Re: Skipness bombing /gunnery range .

    There is also an extant Quadrant Shelter:

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    Default Re: Skipness bombing /gunnery range .

    Skipness was for the Fleet Air Arm and the other quadrant shelter was about 60 yards to the east of the arrow. Now demolished it would have looked similar to the extant one but probably with a ground floor room.

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