Benbecula 2 Patrol Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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Thank you for selecting information on the
Benbecula 2 Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base on
the Outer Hebrides. The info and images below have been supplied by CART's Fife & Angus CIO, David
Research into this patrol and its training is ongoing. The information below is published
from various sources and is by no means conclusive. If information is not
listed below it does not necessarily mean the information is not out there but normally means
CART researchers have not found it yet.
If you have any information on this patrol or can help with research in this area please do
Part of Group 5.
Group Commander was Capt J.G Chisholm. He was assited by G.C. 2ND Lt A. Lehury
c1941 (Probably the need for patrols based here was the construction of the airfield in 41?)
Patrol Leader: Sgt H. MacRury. 18 Balvanich, Benbecula
Cpl A. Johnston. Nunton, Benbecula
Pte D. MacCormick. Nunton, Benbecula
Pte D.MacIsace. Uachdar, Benbecula
Pte D.A. MacCormick. Dunganichy, Benbecula
Pte D.J. MacLachan. Aird, Benbecula
Pte D. MacAskill. Dunganichy, Benbecula
The members of this particular patrol lived close to the airfield and would certainly have been able to have
eyes on the location and report back any troop movements thus enabling patrols to implement any action of harassing
supply/troop movement, including destroying aircraft on the ground. Further research on this and others on
the Outer Hebrides is ongoing, if you do know of this patrol or others, please do let us know.
Not known at this time, further research ongoing
Most probably the airfield situated at the North West of Benbecula, which was a former Civilian airfield
(Balivanich) and Luftwaffe reconnaissance flights show it under construction in 1941. Another target was the South
Ferry Bridge which was completed in 1942 and connected Benbecula with South Uist. Working in tandem with the other
Operational patrol based on Benbecula, these targets would have been a vital aid to the supply of enemy troop and
supply movements enabling the enemy to operate from and launch attacks on the mainland.
Benbecula Airfield: Photograph taken from North of the island c1940’s © Coastalcommand206.com
As with all the patrols on the Outer Hebrides, a training package was delivered by visiting Regular Army scout
sections, Patrols being brought up to speed with new techniques and overall standards and performance
Usual equipment supplied in the Aux kits is
Further research on this patrol and others in the Stornoway area is ongoing.
National Archives (WO199/3388 27th October 1942), Major Hancock Files held at BRA.
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