Treligga (HMS Vulture 2)

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Treligga (HMS Vulture 2)

Postby Hydealfred » Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:50 pm

Treligga is located on the North Cornwall coast and was primarily an aerial bombing and gunnery range. Treligga was officially named HMS Vulture 2 being that it was a satellite of HMS Vulture located at St Merryn Airfield. Pre-war, Treligga was a gliding site, it was then selected by the Fleet Air Arm in 1939 to become an air to ground and air to sea firing range.

Due to a lack of suitable emergency landing grounds in the area, Treligga was also used as a wheels up landing strip. Three grass landing strips were designated each being 650 metres long.

Several buildings were constructed on the site, one of which was a control/observation tower that was some 10 metres in height. A heavily reinforced concrete observation bunker was constructed near to the coastline. This housed quadrant equipment that recorded the angle of dives and accuracy of attacks made by aircraft. Both of these structures remain along with accommodation blocks.

In its early life, the base was run entirely by WRENS. Squadrons using the range included Fighter Pool 748 and School Of Air Combat 736 Squadron. Frequently seen aircraft were Seafires, Masters, Fireflies and Barracuda’s.

One aircraft to use the landing ground was a USAAF Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress that was in trouble and needed to get to ground quickly. The B-17 crew did not know where they were but spotted a landing site which was Treligga. They were unsure if they were over England or Occupied Europe so upon landing were very cautious of their reception. The WRENS drove out to greet the Fortress and were somewhat surprised to see the aircraft's guns tracking tracking them as they neared the aircraft. The B-17 crew were equally surprised and I suspect somewhat pleased, to find the base being run by WRENS. The B-17 was repaired and eventually left the base by being stripped down and successfully taking off over the sea.

As the war in Europe started to come to an end, Treligga was altered so to resemble Japanese held territory. Real and dummy tanks, a bridge and road convoy were put in place on the range. A railway was also constructed to provide moving targets. From December 1944 Treligga was being used to train Squadron Commanders and Senior Pilots of units destined to serve in the Pacific Fleet.

After the war Treligga continued in use as a range with aircraft such as Fairy Gannets and Avro Shackletons making use of the facilities. The range finally closed in 1955 and has now returned to farm land. The shots in this report were taken in June 2010.

A view of the landing ground -

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Observation Tower -

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Observation Bunker -

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MT Shed -

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Accommodation Blocks -

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Inside view of AC Block -

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Many original features remain -

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Air Raid Shelter

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Boiler Room

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Thanks for looking. :)
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Re: Treligga (HMS Vulture 2)

Postby Aceyone » Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:32 pm

Excellent ,thanks for posting :ymapplause:
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Re: Treligga (HMS Vulture 2)

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:25 pm

I'm a sucker for original features :D
And I like the random car rotting away under the foliage.
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Re: Treligga (HMS Vulture 2)

Postby MOD » Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:05 pm

I love your postings of these sites.

Many thanks Richard.
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Re: Treligga (HMS Vulture 2)

Postby Hydealfred » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:04 pm

Thanks all - I'm off to Grafton Underwood this weekend (if the weather is OK). So a chance to see the remains of a Mighty 8th airfield.
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Re: Treligga (HMS Vulture 2)

Postby Willwilliams » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:41 pm

Hi

what a great thred. I used to live in Treknow not far from there. I used to go and look for bullets as a kid. My brother found a Rocket tail there once, which he has at home.
There once was a rumour that a Swordfish was dumped off the cliffs at that spot. I do not know if anyone has tried to find it.

All the best ;)
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