Project highlights one of WW2's best kept secrets

Silloth Tourism Action Group want to preserve Silloth Airfield for future generations, and highlight the part the seaside town played during the war. During WW2 thousands of American, Canadian and British pilots were trained there.

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Many lost their lives training for the war

Silloth Airfield opened in 1939 and trained thousands of servicemen during the Second World War.

So many accidents occurred over Solway Bay, it became known as 'Hudson Bay', after the Hudson planes that were notoriously difficult to fly.

Not far from the runway is a cemetery for those who lost their lives training for war.

Lawrence Marshall has vivid memories of living next to the airfield during the war:

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