RAF Hell's Mouth
|RAF Hell's Mouth|
|Near Abersoch, Gwynedd in Wales|
|Type||Emergency Landing Ground|
Air gunnery and bombing range
|Operator||Royal Air Force|
|Controlled by||RAF Coastal Command|
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
|Elevation||18 metres (59 ft) AMSL|
RAF Hell's Mouth was commissioned in February 1937 as a Relief Landing Ground, later an Emergency Landing Ground for RAF Penrhos. It took its name from the local coastline which is known as Hell's Mouth due to the 'hellish' conditions for sailors with little shelter from the sea. It was also an air gunnery and bombing range, with targets on the land, floated 1 mile offshore and towed drogues in the air. A small range railway was in use to provide moving targets.
Typical aircraft using the airfield were Bristol Blenheim and Armstrong Whitworth Whitley. In August 1944 a Vickers Wellington was successfully landed by a Polish pilot following an engine failure. Despite the mismatch in size, the aircraft also was able to subsequently take off.
The site was decommissioned in 1945 and returned to agriculture.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to RAF Hell's Mouth.|
- Gilby, John. "RAF Hell's Mouth (Porth Neigwl)". Retrieved 10 February 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Images at Geograph
- Porth Neigwl; Wicipedia Cymraeg