Short Sunderlands moored on Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh, Ireland, surrounded by ice, during the winter of 1944. Castle Archdale & Killedas were plagued with unprecedented icing conditions during these harsh winters, & several hulls were crushed, & some sinkings caused. Traces of the old taxiways, beaching ramps/slipways, & hardstandings are still evident in the present country park & caravan site. Small museum on Battle of the Atlantic & local life.
Crew of Consolidated Catalina XJ202 coming ashore in 1945.Lough Erne,Co Fermanagh,Northern Ireland.Bases on Lough at Castle Archdale,Killedeas, & landplane bases RAF/RCAF/US around Lough too,in particular the small surviving GA field at Saint Angelo,south of Enniskillen today.Patrolled the Atlantic Gap,with Irish Republic turning blind eye to them flying over Donegal,despite neutrality.
Short Sunderland at Lough Erne, County Fermanagh,Northern Ireland, WW2.Castle Archdale & Killedeas bases along with the later landplane bases for Coastal Command & USAF a/c such as Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses & Consolidated B-29 Liberators,in area vital for convoy protection & anti u-boat patrols.
Overall view of the RAF Killadeas the 131 OTU (Operational Training Unit) Base at with Catalina's moored alongside and being attended to under cover of the 'sheds'. Lough Erne, near Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.
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Another overhead view of Castle Archdale, absolutely packed with Sunderlands and Catalina's. Oh, to have been able to have walked around the base when this image was taken! How many can you count? Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
This is the docking area built for the operational use of the Short Shetland, the bigger successor to the Short Sunderland. Castle Archdale, near Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Present day.