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RAF Castle Archdale Lough Erne
« on: January 01, 2018, 02:44:25 PM »
Saw this old RAF photo of Castle Archdale in Enniskillen.  Does anyone know the aircraft in the photo?

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Re: RAF Castle Archdale Lough Erne
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2018, 02:52:10 PM »
Only Sunderlands ( 19, yellow ) and Catalinas ( 15, red ) as far as I can see.  Gets a bit messy on the right hand side, hard to count!

By the tail-down stance the Catalinas are probably anything except Mk. IIIA ( amphibious and very rare in the RAF ).

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Re: RAF Castle Archdale Lough Erne
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2018, 03:00:41 PM »
Thanks Smudge :)

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Re: RAF Castle Archdale Lough Erne
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2018, 08:36:16 PM »
Have a photo with an amphibious Catalina (Canso) just visible on the water at Killadeas.
But as you say Smudge... Rare!   

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Re: RAF Castle Archdale Lough Erne
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2018, 09:27:48 AM »
Not in the photo, but I believe the Stranraer also operated out of Castle Archdale early on...

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Re: RAF Castle Archdale Lough Erne
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2018, 05:01:55 PM »
The first aircraft to land at Castle Archdale was a Vickers Supermarine Stranraer.

In April 1941 209 Squadron arrived with their Saunders-Roe Lerwicks and due to poor performance were by Catalinas.

Units based at various times were:

23 Sqn (Short Sunderlands,- 3 Nov 1942 - 8 Aug 1945)
228 Sqn ((Short Sunderlands, 11 Dec 1942 - 4 May 1943)
422 General Reconnaissance Sqn (PBY Catalinas and Short Sunderlands, 4 Nov 1943 - 4 Nov 1944)
202 Sqn (Catalinas, 3 Sep 1944 - 12 Jun 1945)
201 Sqn (Short Sunderlands, 3 Nov 1944 - 2 Aug 1945 and again 23 May - 3 Jul 1948)
No 4423 Servicing Echelon (4 Jun 8 Aug 1945)
230 Sqn ((Short Sunderlands, 10 Aug - 13 Sep 1946).

In late 1944 preparations began to facilitate the use of Short Sheland aircraft with slipways being created etc but the war ended before it could enter service.

The base was used until 1957 by the RAF with aircraft coming over for exercises and armament camps.

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Re: RAF Castle Archdale Lough Erne
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2018, 08:22:36 PM »
In April 1941 209 Squadron arrived with their Saunders-Roe Lerwicks and due to poor performance were by Catalinas.

Lerwicks  :o

The poor blighters thought they were rid of them but when 422 Sqn were forming at Lough Erne in 1942 they were issued eight of the beasts for a month until their first Sunderland arrived, and even in that period managed to prang one.