1 October 1915 – Ireland joins the air war

Ireland joins the air war as the RNAS open the first military airfield in the country at Bentra, near Whitehead, Co. Antrim.

The base complements another at Luce Bay in Scotland, and acts as a mooring station for the SS Class airships patrolling the North Channel between Ireland and Scotland, particularly in the event of bad weather.

The primary role of the airships is to protect the Larne-Stranraer ferry and guard incoming convoys from German U-boats. They also provide cover for the numerous vessels based at Larne who maintain the anti-submarine nets.

The station has an airship shed made of steel and canvas measuring 150 feet long by 45 feet wide and 50 feet high. Wooden huts provide accommodation for the pilots and engineers.

SS Class Airship landing at Bentra


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