Air Station and its Bofors gun

Volunteers Mike Craib, from Aberdeen (left) and Dale Dempster, from Montrose (right) are pictured working on the Bofors.'Contributed photograph
Volunteers Mike Craib, from Aberdeen (left) and Dale Dempster, from Montrose (right) are pictured working on the Bofors.'Contributed photograph

VOLUNTEERS at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre are currently over a barrel in trying to find out more about one of its exhibits.

A restoration of a 1950s 40-70 Bofors anti-aircraft gun is under way and the centre is keen to hear from anyone who might have operated one of the guns, and who might have more information that could help them.

The Bofors 40mm gun was an ‘autocannon’ designed by the Swedish firm Bofors Defence and was one of the most popular medium-weight anti-aircraft guns during the Second World War, used by most of the western Allies as well as by the Axis powers.

Although Bofors guns were installed at RAF Montrose during the war, there is no record of them ever shooting down an enemy aircraft.

Anyone with memories of using a Bofors can contact the centre on 01674 678222 (answerphone), and further information about the former RAF Montrose is available online at www.rafmontrose.org.uk.

The Heritage Centre, an accredited museum, is open until September 30, Wednesday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. Last admission is 3.15pm. There is Sunday opening all year, from noon to 4pm. Other times by arrangement.

You should allow a minimum of an hour to see round, but expect to spend much longer if you are an enthusiast or interested in local history. Photography is allowed for personal use only.

The centre is manned entirely by volunteers.