Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Rora/Longside Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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Thank you for selecting information on the Rora/Longside Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base in Scotland. The info below has been supplied by CART's Aberdeenshire CIO, Alan Stewart.

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 contact us.

Rora / Longside is an area of small villages to the west of Peterhead.  Longside was a major RAF base in the area that carried out fighter protection roles for aircraft attaching Norway.

Peterhead had a reasonable sized port and railway infrastructure that any invading force could make good use of.

Group Commander is Lieut. J.L Low, Headmaster from Old Deer, and 2nd Lieut,. A. Forbes, Fraserburgh.


Sgt J Burton, Greens Rora – Blacksmith?
Corporal William Strachan, Brigend, Auchlee Estate
Pvt W Mitchell, Keplahill, Rora
Pvt S Scott Hillor Rora

The Operational Base was located near Woodside Farm (below left) on the Longside to Rora Road, approx 1 mile north of Longside village. The area is now a field (below right) but used to be woodland. Nothing of the OB survives.

RAF Peterhead would be the main target, also railways and bridges in the area from possible landing beaches around St Fergus area.

Unknown at this time.

We suspect they were issued with the standard kit.

Peterhead Patrol Sgt Tom Catto, mentioned The Rora Patrol often to his son. These patrols were in close proximity and both close to Longside Airfield.

William Catto, son of Tom Catto (Patrol Sgt Peterhead Patrol)
TNA – WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls.
Hancock Report
Valuation rolls 1925

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