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The wreck of a World War II seaplane has been found

The wreckage of a seaplane dating back to World War II has been found in the combined lakes of Lower Lough Erne, Northern Ireland. According to initial speculation, the found craft is a popular Cataina, also known as a flying boat. Experts involved in the case of finding the wreckage assume that the seaplane most
Published: July 4, 2019 - 19:55
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:22
The wreck of a World War II seaplane has been found

The wreckage of a seaplane dating back to World War II has been found in the combined lakes of Lower Lough Erne, Northern Ireland. According to initial speculation, the found craft is a popular Cataina, also known as a flying boat.

Experts involved in the case of finding the wreckage assume that the seaplane most likely crashed in the waters of the lake and therefore the find was protected as a war grave.

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It must be remembered that units of this type were extremely common in the region during the Second World War. Between 1941 and 1945, RAF Castle Archdale in County Fermanagh played an important role as a flying boat base. These were used to provide protection and security for Allied convoys in the Atlantic.

The site was initially surveyed by members of the Charts Special Interest Group (CSIG) in 2018. This work resulted in the detection and reporting of an anomaly which has been classified as an aircraft wreck. The site is located at a depth of approximately 45 metres in Lower Lough Erne.

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[blockquote style=”2″]”The possibility of investigating the remains of the seaplane is of great interest to both professional and amateur historians. Given that there is still the possibility of finding human remains and unexploded ordnance on the site, we would ask people to respect this site now under special protection. I have no doubt that we could find further and even more exciting underwater archaeological discoveries in Lough Erne.” – Said Rory McNeary, a marine archaeologist with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.[/blockquote]

The site will be investigated further and who knows? Maybe it will be possible to write a missing chapter in the history of “flying boats” during World War II. The possibility of finding and identifying the human remains of the crew is also not without significance.

Source: northernireland.gov.uk
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