Our Lochgelly Memories article, has so far not had any contributions on Twitter, but it is early days as yet. However, a local resident has emailed us some interesting and historical pictures that they want to share with the other users of this site.

The first image is from World War II, and the user who submitted the picture is seeking further information to help identify the people in the image.

Military Photo - Air Crew
Military Photo – Air Crew

This is the military photo that was found in with other family photos, but nothing is known about it, i posted it on a ex-military site eons ago and they gave me wee bits and pieces of info about it, however it still remains a mystery to who anybody is. it is reckoned that the photo would have been taken at military base somewhere within Fife or Kinross.

The image was originally posted on http://www.militaryimages.net/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/50629 in search of further information.

The general consensus was that the plane in the image is a Seafire, and the crew pictured could be the Fleet Air Arm (FAA). One user suggests that the RAF could be attached to a Naval unit and is passing on information about the aircraft to the Navy Techies, while another user reckons that the picture could be the crew saying ‘goodbye’ to their aircraft. Another user commented that the person on the far left, and the person on the far right are ‘Air Fitters’.

Since it was known that the image was captured in Fife another user has provided some background information on RAF Balado Bridge which was an airfield located at Kinross;

RAF Balado Bridge was a WWII airfield located next to Kinross. Opened as a satellite to Grangemouth in March 1943 as part of 81 Group. The airfield was home to 58 Operational Training Unit, renamed No. 2 Tactical Excercise Unit 17th October 1943. The unit disbanded 25th June 1944. In November of that year the site was taken over by the War Department and used until 1952 for scrapping ex-Fleet Air Arm aircraft. Light aircraft and gliders used the runways from 1946 until closure in 1957.

Further Information: http://www.secretscotland.org.uk/index.php/Secrets/RAFBaladoBridge.

The user that submitted the image would like to thank the forum member that posted on their behalf, and the other members for providing further information about the image. She is still keen to try and find out more information on who the people are, so if anyone recognises anyone from the photographs, please leave a comment below.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful image with us, our members and visitors 😉 We will be publishing more images shortly.

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  1. Robert MacGregor

    September 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    There are definitely a mix of naval and RAF uniforms in there.

    All of the back row are Navy and all the front except the second right, who is evidently a Navy pilot, as he has flying boots on, and is holding leather flying gauntlets.


  2. Robert MacGregor

    September 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I meant to say all the front are RAF, except the Navy officer, who is second right.


  3. Maria

    October 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks Robert for the information. There has been some good information posted at http://www.militaryimages.net/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/50629

    I would really love to know who everyone in the photo is, but I think it will be unlikely to ever find out. It has been interesting to find out more about the photo. Thanks


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