PHOTOGRAPHER Bob Bird hated doing Home Guard duties at RAF Helensburgh during World War Two. He was not alone.
As a secret establishment RAF Helensburgh provided its own security with RAF personnel supported by all trades.
AN INFANTRY sergeant from Garelochead won two gallantry medals before he was killed in action on September 4 1917.
Born in Garelochhead on June 7 1896, Sergeant Norman Connor, of the 17th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry (3rd Glasgow), had the unusual distinction of winning the Military Medal for bravery in the field twice in Flanders.
THE GREAT grandson of the founder of Teachers Whisky, a young Army officer from Cove, was killed in action in the Flanders trenches on May 14 1916.
Second Lieutenant William George Teacher, who was 22, lost his life while in command of his company at Thiepval, a few weeks before the start of the Somme campaign.
HAND-WRITTEN notes and sketches by Lieutenant Commander Leo Lane RNVR discovered in 2019 have confirmed RAF Helensburgh’s role in organising the Barnes Wallis Highball bouncing bomb trials on Loch Striven.
These trials took place in September and October 1944, but at the end of World War Two RAF Helensburgh went into mothballs.
A FIRST World War battleship which played an important role in the secret operations of RAF Helensburgh during World War Two was a key ship used in the D-Day landings 75 years ago during June 1944.
At the start of World War Two, Courbet, a former French battleship, was taken over by the British to stop the warship being taken over by the Germans and used against the Allies.