Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Cornwall In The First World War
During this month, each weekday I'm posting an image showing Cornwall's First World War.
Construction of the air base known as Royal Naval Air Station Newlyn (Land’s End) began late in 1916, using a bulging waterside apron near Newlyn’s southern harbour pier, around two miles from Penzance. Canvas hangars and wooden huts were erected; later a more permanent aircraft shed appeared. Newlyn’s first Short Type 184 floatplanes,arrived for anti-submarine operations during January 1917.
In the image above, Short 184 N1609 ‘4’ has come to grief during mid-May 1918; it's seen nose-down in Mount’s Bay as rescuers arrive. The aircraft was safely beached, but scrapped after an inspection.
My book, 'Cornwall In The First World War', is published by Truran. With 112 pages and 100 images, you'll find it in bookshops across the Duchy. It's also available through Amazon: http://amzn.to/19JbtZm