Sunday, 31 July 2011

Moricambe bay, Silloth

Moricambe bay in Silloth, Cumbria, is part of the Solway estuary, the section of sea between Cumbria and Scotland. RAF Silloth, bustling during WW2 and now desolate, was home to many airmen of different nationalities, including Canadian, New Zealand and Czech. Initially they flew Lockheed Hudson's, notoriously difficult to fly. Many crashed into the bay here and perished and are buried locally at the cemetery in Causewayhead. Their graves are well tended and every Armistice day, locals lay poppy wreaths on each one. Their graves are overshadowed by the remaining old aircraft hangars, huge metal structures; a permanent reminder of the area's aviation history. The picture above is the midsection of a Hudson, clearly visible at low tide.