ⓘ RAF Tealing

RAF Tealing

ⓘ RAF Tealing

During the Second World War, the Air Ministry built an aerodrome at Tealing and in March 1942 No. 56 Operational Training Unit OTU was relocated to RAF Tealing from RAF Sutton Bridge in south Lincolnshire, equipped with Hawker Hurricane, Miles Master and Westland Lysander aircraft. The number of pilots training at the unit varied from about 35 to 40 in 1942, reaching a peak of 150 on 1943.

He was at the airport that Tealings the most famous visitor arrived. May 20, 1942, a strange four-engined aircraft appeared in the circuit at Tealing, piloted by Endel Puusepp. He was one of the first Russian TB7s to visit Britain and it brought Vyacheslav Molotov, Minister of foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the State Defense Committee, the military mission to meet with sir Winston Churchill at Chequers. RAF Tealing was probably chosen to attract as little attention as possible and, for security reasons, as there was in the local news blackout at the time.

Molotov was given the choice of two aircraft in which to continue his journey to England. Aircraft he did not, as it turned out later, sir Archibald Philip hope, 17th baronet, the senior Manager of fighter command in Scotland in 1942, crashed in the valley of York, killing various members of Molotovs staff and senior staff of the air force. Molotov arrived in London for the signing of the Anglo-Soviet Treaty on 26 may 1942.