LETTER: In search of ‘lost’ radar station
Earlier in the year I was told by someone from the Galloway area about a “radar station” near Portpatrick that was known to locals as “Hush-Hush”.
I am interested in Second World War military sites – and radar ones in particular – so I was intrigued by this because there is no record of a radar station there.
I managed to get down to the area and take some pictures of the site (these are on Flickr and will be on Canmore once they create a record for the site).
I had noticed something in a book about RAF stations in North Wales that could be relevant and, when I read this again, I realised that it referred to this site – Knockarnahan. It was built for some microwave tests over the Irish Sea between 1943 and 1946 involving various sites in the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, so was not a radar station.
Portpatrick operated with a site near Fishguard. It used four-foot parabolic dishes which were placed behind hessian covered “windows”. Another site at Portpatrick was also used and is just described as being 94ft above sea level – that might fit with somewhere near the GPO radio station but I would be interested to hear if there is another similar building in the area.