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Drem Airfield

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    WEST FENTON AERODROME; GULLANE AERODROME; HMS NIGHTHAWK
  • Canmore ID
    91753
  • Site type
    MILITARY AIRFIELD (SECOND WORLD WAR), MILITARY AIRFIELD (FIRST WORLD WAR)
  • Parish
    DIRLETON
  • Council
    EAST LOTHIAN
  • NGR
    NT 5059 8115
  • Latitude, longitude
    56.020703N, 2.794225W
  • Archeological notes
    NT58SW 68.00 Centred 5059 8115 For part of airfield which falls on map sheet NT48SE se NT48SE 83.00 and see also pillbox NT58SW 67 NT58SW 68.01 centred NT 50577 80982 Aircraft Hangars; Buildings NT58SW 68.02 centred NT 50929 81331 Building NT58SW 68.03 centred NT 5133 8179 Cinema; Buildings NT58SW 68.04 NT 50577 80982 Pillbox NT58SW 68.05 NT 5095 8164 Pillbox NT58SW 68.06 NT 5101 8132 Pillbox NT58SW 68.07 centred NT 5107 8146 Barracks NT58SW 68.08 centred NT 51053 80634 Sewage Works NT58SW 68.09 centred NT 5080 8147 Buildings; Huts This World War One and Two airfield is situated around two miles S of Dirleton village and some of the site is now used by Fenton Barns for industrial farming. The airfield has many buildings still extant, but no hard runways and has several good examples of dispersal bays. Various areas of the airfield have been identified at the following grid references: Bomb Stores NT 493 809, NT 494 810, NT 494 809 Battle Headquarters NT 496 808 Dispersal Bays NT 498 803, NT 500 802 Sewage Farm NT 510 807 Pillbox NT 518 817 Shelter NT 503 804 Building NT 512 831 J A Guy 1997; NMRS MS 810/5, 178-183, 184, 185
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 1259455 (1935)
    Gullane Aerodrome, Drem. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing south.
  • 1259449 (1935)
    Gullane Aerodrome, Drem. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing east.
  • 1351846 (1940)
    Aerial photograph.
  • 445489 ()
    Scanned image of Luftwaffe vertical air photograph of Drem Airfield.
  • 674824 (27/8/1943)
    Scanned image of RAF WWII vertical aerial photograph of Drem airfield (composite of scanned photographs). Vertical of all of the airfield including the bomb store and perimeter track, Fenton Barns farmhouse.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    Scanned image of RAF WWII vertical air photograph, sortie no.NLA 68, frame no.4057, Drem airfield.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    Scanned image of RAF WWII vertical air photograph, sortie no.NLA 68, frame no.4056, Drem airfield.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    Scanned image of RAF WWII vertical air photograph, sortie no.NLA 68, frame no.4055, Drem airfield.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    Scanned image of RAF WWII vertical air photograph, sortie no.NLA 68, frame no.4054, Drem airfield.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    Scanned image of RAF WWII vertical air photograph, sortie no.NLA 68, frame no.4053, Drem airfield.
  • 672325 (27/8/1943)
    Scanned image of RAF WWII vertical air photograph, sortie no.NLA 68, frame no.4052, Drem airfield.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    Scanned image of RAF WWII vertical air photograph, sortie no.NLA 68, frame no.4051, Drem airfield.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    Scanned image of RAF WWII vertical air photograph, sortie no.NLA 68, frame no.4050, Drem airfield.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    Scanned image of RAF WWII vertical air photograph, sortie no.NLA 68, frame no.3056, Drem airfield.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    Scanned image of RAF WWII vertical air photograph, sortie no.NLA 68, frame no.3055, Drem airfield.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    Scanned image of RAF WWII vertical air photograph, sortie no.NLA 68, frame no.3054, Drem airfield.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    Scanned image of RAF WWII vertical air photograph, sortie no.NLA 68, frame no.3053, Drem airfield.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    Scanned image of RAF WWII vertical air photograph, sortie no.NLA 68, frame no.3052, Drem airfield.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    Scanned image of RAF WWII vertical air photograph, sortie no.NLA 68, frame no.3051, Drem airfield.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    Scanned image of RAF WWII vertical air photograph, sortie no.NLA 68, frame no.3050, Drem airfield.
  • 1410645 (1930)
    Copy of postcard showing general view of herd and ex-military buildings.
  • 957662 (1/1963)
    Steelwork storage area at Drem Airfield, East Lothian, under wintry conditions. Copy of original 35mm colour transparency Survey of Private Collection
  • 957620 (3/1962)
    Treated road deck and footway panels in storage at Drem Airfield, East Lothian. Copy of original 35mm colour transparency Survey of Private Collection
  • 957619 (3/1962)
    Storage area for fabricated steelwork at Drem Airfield, East Lothian. Copy of original 35mm colour transparency Survey of Private Collection
  • 957601 (10/1961)
    Deck panel passing through grit-blast chamber at the A.D.C Bridge Co. metallisation plant, Drem Airfield, East Lothian. Copy of original 35mm colour transparency Survey of Private Collection
  • 957542 (2/1961)
    Tower box section entering metallisation shop, drem Airfield Copy of original 35mm colour transparency Survey of Private Collection
  • 957530 (6/1960)
    Unloading a tower box section at Drem Airfield Copy of original 35mm colour transparency Survey of Private Collection
  • 957529 (6/1960)
    Arrival of the first tower box section, Drem Airfield Copy of original 35mm colour transparency Survey of Private Collection
  • 957528 (5/1960)
    Goliath crane at the Metallisation plant and steelwork torage area, Drem Airfield Copy of original 35mm colour transparency Survey of Private Collection

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 91753 (1940)
    Aerial photograph.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    Aerial view.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    RAF WWII vertical aerial photographs of Drem airfield. The NW section of runways and dispersal areas of the airfield are visible. Also visible is part of the Aberlady branch railway (frame 4058)
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    RAF WWII vertical aerial photographs of Drem airfield. The N section of runways and dispersal areas of the airfield are visible.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    RAF WWII vertical aerial photographs of an area to the NE of Drem airfield, just SW of Dirleton village. Queenstonbank farm is visible on frame 4050, the airfield E section on frame 4052.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    RAF WWII vertical aerial photographs of Drem airfield. Part of flight runs over SW part of the airfield showing some of the dispersal areas.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    RAF WWII vertical aerial photographs of Drem airfield. Part of flight runs over main technical area and S part of grass runways. Also visible are the S dispersal areas with several aircraft.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    RAF WWII vertical aerial photographs of Drem airfield. Part of flight runs over Fenton Barns farm to the E area of airfield.
  • 91753 (19/6/1941)
    RAF WWII vertical air photograph taken in 1941 of Drem Airfield, East Lothian showing the E side including the technical area and grass strip.
  • 91753 (27/8/1943)
    RAF WWII vertical air photograph taken in 1943 of the SE area of Drem Airfield, showing some hangars, accomoodation area awith one or two aircraft at the edge of the grass airstrip.
  • 91753 (22/7/1998)
    Oblique aerial view of Drem Airfield centred on the remains of the airfield, taken from the E.
  • 91753 (22/7/1998)
    Oblique aerial view of Drem Airfield centred on the remains of the airfield, taken from the E.
  • 91753 (22/7/1998)
    Oblique aerial view of Drem Airfield centred on the remains of the airfield, taken from the SE.
  • 91753 ()
    Copy of an article from "Scotland's Wartime Airfields : Conflict and Legacy," by Keith Bryers, Munlochy, Perthshire. (including list of sites and map references.
  • 91753 (1930)
    Drem Airfield, Fenton Barns, interior. General view of ex-military building interior with milking equipment.
  • 91753 (1930)
    Aerial view.
  • 91753 (1930)
    Copy of postcard showing general view of herd and ex-military buildings.

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1112549 (7/5/2008)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the airfield perimeter (W side), taken from the S.
  • 1112542 (7/5/2008)
    General oblique aerial view of the airfield (W side), taken from the S.
  • 1112541 (7/5/2008)
    General oblique aerial view of the airfield, taken from the SW.
  • 1112540 (7/5/2008)
    General oblique aerial view of the airfield, taken from the SW.

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 91753 (18/8/98)
    Defence of Britain Project. Council of British Archaeology. East Lothian, Detail of a former Aircraft spares store located on Drem Airfield ( NT58SW 68.01 )
  • 91753 (18/8/98)
    Defence of Britain Project. Council of British Archaeology. East Lothian, Detail of building used as electrical store at disused Drem Airfield located at ( NT58SW 68 )
  • 91753 (7/7/98)
    Defence of Britain Project. Council of British Archaeology. East Lothian, Copy of the original map of Drem Airfield showing listings of all buildings. ( NT58SW 68.00 )
  • 91753 (1997)
    Lothian Region - A survey of 20th Century Defences in the Lothian region. A survey by John Guy.
  • 91753 (1976)
    British Airfields, past and present. Map showing all British airfields to compliment the Merseyside Avaiation Society publication 'British Isles Airfield Guide'.
  • 91753 (10/2000)
    Photocopy of part of an article reviewing Royal Naval Airfields (A-D) taken from 'Airfield Review' reproducing material from the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
  • 91753 (14/7/2001)
    Press cutting from Edinburgh Evening News entitled 'Eye on the past'containing three photographs of 602 (City of Glasgow) Air Squadron at Drem, 1939 and Spitfire Vs of 453 Australian Squadron also at Drem.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Haddingtonshire, Sheet 51853