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WW1 airfield in Co Antrim is recognised

by staff reporter

Bentra Airfield in Co Antrim is to become the first First World War airfield here to be officially recognised with a special memorial.

The Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust honours historical sites across the UK, with memorials erected at disused airfields.

From 1915 to 1918, Royal Naval Air Service 'blimps' based at Bentra patrolled the waters between Ireland and Scotland, combating German U-boats. Affectionately named 'battlebags' by crews, they protected the cross channel ferry, Princess Maud, as well as convoys.

Mid and East Antrim Mayor Lindsay Millar said: "This is such a brilliant opportunity to honour the rich historical past of this special landmark. It's a fantastic opportunity to learn more about a local site in the borough, which until now has been largely overlooked."

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