Rora Patrol

County Group

Rora / Longside is an area of small villages to the west of Peterhead.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant John S. Burton


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal William Strachen Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Mitchell Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Samuel Scott Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

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

OB Status
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

Rora Patrol

Patrol Targets

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

Other information

Peterhead Patrol Leader 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 Leader Peterhead Patrol)
TNA ref WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls.
Hancock data held at B.R.A
Valuation rolls 1925