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Gosford Castle / Markethill Airstrip 21 Jul 2017 14:20 #1

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Folks,
I have learned of an Airstrip which was constructed beside Gosford Castle at Markethill, County Armagh.

There was a P.O.W. Camp at Gosford Castle and this strip was constructed by American Troops at Mullaghbrack Road which is immediately beside the Castle Grounds.
The Americans flew small aircraft from this strip between 1942 and 1943.

This is all the information that I currently have.

ANY information about this Airstrip would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,
Andy

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Gosford Castle / Markethill Airstrip 21 Jul 2017 14:37 #2

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It's a shame that 1946 aerial coverage of Northern Ireland is not easily available as most of these strips still show up fairly well a year after they were closed.

Would the castle records have any details? I have found some large estates do hold some records, especially if land was requisitioned or rent/compensation was paid (eg for each telegraph pole!).

You may already have seen this:

www.bygonesandbyways.com/folders/gosford/gosford_airfield.htm

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Gosford Castle / Markethill Airstrip 22 Jul 2017 10:51 #3

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Hi Peter.

I had seen the Video.
I believe the castle is now Appartments and a Forest Park. - I am trying various local Historical Groups to see if I can learn more.

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