We are very privileged to be able to share the story of Senior Aircraftman (SAC) John Martin Abbott and his time on St Kilda. John’s family has shared some of his photos and experiences from that time and we will be serialising them on our blog for all to enjoy.

John had fond memories of St Kilda. It was one of his happiest times. We are sure you will find his story as fascinating as we did!

Introducing John Martin Abbott

John completed his National Service between December 1956 and December 1958 after basic training at RAF Wilmslow. He then joined 5004 Airfield Construction Squadron. During that time, he undertook two tours of St Kilda as part of Operation Hardrock, in 1957 and 1958.

Making Camp

The aim of Operation Hardrock was to establish St Kilda as an early warning radar outpost during the Cold War. Construction was carried out by 5004 Airfield Construction Squadron over the two summers of 1957 and 1958.

Battling the elements, John first made camp at the base on St Kilda in April 1957 at Village Bay. You can clearly see the “tent city” taking shape.

In this final picture, you can see the single track concrete road which led from the military base to the radar stations on the top of Mullach Sgar and Mullach Mor.

Come back soon for Part 2…