Archive for the ‘World War 2’ Category

The Shiel Hospital W W 2

Posted on January 17th, 2009 by by admin

IN APPRECIATION.
 
During the years of World War 2 – 1939 to 1945.
Several aircraft crashed in this district. A number of crewmen died and many more suffered serious injuries.
 
The injured were treated with care and affection by the medical and nursing staff of
 
The Sheil Hospital
 
The dead were with respect and dignity prepared for their return to [...]

Northern Ireland Plane Crashes W W 2

Posted on January 17th, 2009 by by admin

Nutts Corner.
16/9/1943. Liberator B24 D    Harold L. Shick.  Nutts Corner.
16/9/1943   Liberator B24.D   Faine M. Doyal.       “       “
15/12/1943. Flying Fortress.        John B. Howard.  “     “
21/1/1944. Flying Fortress.        Tracey E. Jun. Geizer.  “
13/2/1944 Airspeed Oxford.    William D. Mading.           “
12/4/1944 Flying Fortress. B17.   Sherman L. Harat.      “
27/7/1944. Flying Fortress B17.  Robert E. Hall.              “
    
Greencastle..
19/1/1944. L –4b Piper [...]

Irish Seamen Lost in WW2

Posted on January 17th, 2009 by by admin

MEMORIAL TO THE IRISH SEAMEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES DURING THE 2nd.WORLD WAR.
LIST OF IRISH MERCHANT SHIPS LOST DURING 2nd.WORLD WAR:NAMES OF IRISH MERCHANT SEAMEN LOST DURING 2nd.WORLD WAR:

 
REPORT OF THE KERRY HEAD SINKING IN 1940
FOR PHOTOS OF THE SEAMEN’S MEMORIAL COMMEMORATION
ON THE 24 NOVEMBER 2002 AND VIDEO OF THE 2006 COMMEMORATION CLICK HERE:  CITY [...]

Irish Merchant ships lost in WW 2

Posted on January 17th, 2009 by by admin

 The Munster    (Captain William James Paisley) mined and sunk in Liverpool Bay 2nd February 1940. No casualties.
 
The City Of Limerick  (Captain R. Ferguson) sunk by air attack 700 miles off Ushant 15th July 1940. Two died.
 
The Meath (Captain T. MacFarlane) sunk by gunfire from U-46 in Bay of Biscay 4th September 1940. No casualties.
 
The [...]

Irish Shipping Ltd

Posted on January 17th, 2009 by by admin

Irish Shipping Ltd., was set up in1941 to ensure Ireland could import and export essential goods during the 2nd World War. Britain had decided that it could no longer put its ships and men at risk by supplying a country that had decided to remain neutral.
So after a meeting held in Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin [...]

Salute to Dev

Posted on January 17th, 2009 by by admin

Letter to ‘The Catalina Society’, Crawley, West Sussex, England. 10thFebruary 1998.
 
“ Many people did not know throughout the war and to this day, may have no idea, that despite their neutrality the Eire Government, under Mr. deValera made a concession to the British whereby our aircraft based on Lough Erne could gain access to the [...]

The Robert Hastie Ship

Posted on January 17th, 2009 by by admin

                                                The “Robert Hastie”.
 
Eire also allowed a British rescue boat the “ROBERT HASTIE” to be based at Killybegs. There was much liaising between northern and southern intelligence personnel. The “Robert Hastie” had even been welcomed on its arrival in June 1941 by Pilot Officer Heniker – Heaton from Castle Archdale and Head Constable John [...]

The final flight of Liberator B 24 – J.

Posted on January 17th, 2009 by by admin

On Monday 19th June 1944 an American Liberator made a crash landing at Abbeylands, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. While over 40 aircraft crashed in Co. Donegal alone and a total of over 200 crashed in the neutral Irish Free State, this was but one of at least 30 recorded ferry flights that, crashed, force landed or [...]

Sergeant George Smith. RAF. Retired.

Posted on January 17th, 2009 by by admin

George lives in retirement on Jersey Island, a self taught computer expert he has built up a website of his WW2 service. In 1944/45 with 202 Squadron he was based on Lough Erne, N. Ireland during the Battle of the Atlantic. This was the most westerly flying boat base in the British Isles. Eighteen Catalina’s [...]

The last Flight of Halifax EB134 - Tuam

Posted on January 17th, 2009 by by admin

On the evening of 7th November 1943 Halifax – EB134 set off on a training flight from Rufforth air field in North Yorkshire. This was a duel purpose flight, the pilot and crew had been experienced in flying twin engine air craft and now they had to train and become familiar in the four engine [...]