RAF Skaw

RAF Skaw

RAF Skaw was a World War II radar station. It was part of the Chain Home network of early warning radar stations along the coastline of the United Kingdom. This station was located at Lamba Ness on Unst, one of the North Isles of the Shetland Islands. It was operational from 1941 to 1945 and the furthest north of its type.

An estimated 15,000 tonnes of construction materials and equipment were carried to this remote location and an average of 150 men were stationed here.

The radar station was subject to several attacks by German aircraft, but due to the soft peat soil at Skaw, most bombs failed to detonate. Others missed the narrow target of Lamba Ness and fell into the sea.

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