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A ROYAL Navy veteran of World War Two from Helensburgh who fought in the Battle of the Atlantic when the German battleship Bismarck was finally sunk won a Lottery-funded trip to meet his former comrades.

Walter Moffat (pictured above, then and now) is one of two burgh veterans who made emotional trips to places they served, thanks to the Big Lottery Fund.

Tirpitz

RESEARCH into World War Two’s famous bouncing bombs — used by the Dambusters and to attack the German battleship Tirpitz — was organised at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at RAF Helensburgh.

MAEE expert and author Robin Bird, a retired Merseyside newspaper editor whose late father Bob was an MAEE photographer, confirms that the establishment worked closely with Barnes Wallis and 618 Mosquito Squadron in developing the Highball bomb to attack the huge battleship.

Private-J.T.Cameron-wA RHU teacher who gave his life for his country during World War One at the age of 28 had earlier survived when a troopship was torpedoed. 

Private John Thomas Cameron was born at Kilchrennan, Argyll, on March 21 1890, the third son of gardener John Cameron of Rose Vale Cottage in Rhu, at that time spelt Row.

r101A FORMER pupil of a Helensburgh school was one of the victims of the R.101 disaster in 1930 which led to the abandonment of the British airship programme.

One of three brothers, Noel Grabowsky Atherstone was born at St Petersburg in Russia in 1894, and came to the burgh to be educated at Larchfield School, which is now part of Lomond School.

William_Hamilton-wA HELENSBURGH man was one of 22 World War Two soldiers who survived the Dunkirk evacuation days earlier but died when their camp in north Cornwall was bombed. 

Gunner William T.Hamilton (right) was just 21 when he perished with his comrades at the Penhale camp on the cliffs near Perranporth, following a strike by a lone German bomber on July 7 1940.

1918-Victory-Parade-wA WORLD War Two victory parade was held in Helensburgh in June 1946 — and the search is on for a photograph of it.

The search was sparked off by a request to Helensburgh Heritage Trust from Jane Cooke in Ryde, Isle of Wight, on behalf of her father, Roger Bartrum.

duke__duchess_of_kentA ROYAL question has arisen over the World War Two history of the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Rhu and Helensburgh.

Retired local newspaper editor Robin Bird, who is currently completing his second book about the establishment, which was officially known as RAF Helensburgh, wonders if any local people can remember a visit by the then Duke of Kent.

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