RAF Castle Archdale
|RAF Castle Archdale|
|Lisnarrick, County Fermanagh|
|Type||Royal Air Force station|
|Controlled by||Royal Air Force|
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
RAF Castle Archdale was located on the eastern shore of Lower Lough Erne, near the village of Lisnarrick. It was used during the Second World War by flying boats of No. 209 Squadron RAF. From Castle Archdale, Consolidated Catalinas and Short Sunderlands could patrol the North Atlantic for German U-boats. A secret agreement with the government of Ireland allowed aircraft to fly from Lough Erne to the Atlantic along the Donegal Corridor.
The base was closed after the Second World War and today is part of Castle Archdale Country Park. The slip way remains in use and the concrete stands for parking the Catalina aircraft are now part of a caravan site. Other buildings lie derelict and overgrown in the surrounding forest. A museum in the park grounds has a section devoted to its role during the Second World War.
- No. 119 Squadron RAF
- No. 201 Squadron RAF
- No. 202 Squadron RAF
- No. 228 Squadron RAF
- No. 230 Squadron RAF
- No. 240 Squadron RAF
- No. 422 Squadron RCAF
- No. 423 Squadron RCAF
- No. 302 Ferry Training Unit RAF (briefly in 1942)
- "RAF Stations - C" Air of Authority
- "Inland Waterways News Flying-boats in Fermanagh" (PDF). Inland Waterways News. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 November 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
- "Castle Archdale Country Park". Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
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