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Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland Coastal Command

Wartime Documents
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On this page you will find various "ACTUAL" documents concerning Castle Archdale and the Sunderland Squadrons.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Message From P.M. Winston Churchill

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423 Squadron report  April 24, 1944.
Report of attack on U-672 by F/L F.G. Fellows.

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Narrative of attack on U-672.

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Narrative of attack on U-672 (Continued)

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Diagram report on attack of U-672, drawn by F/L F.G. Fellows.

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201 O.R.B. report for period of 20/3/43-21/3/43
F/O W.C.Robertson attacked U-631. 
At first thought to have been a successful attack, but post war review differs.

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423 O.R.B. report for period of 10/1/44-17/1/44

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423 O.R.B. report for period of 8/4/44-11/4/44

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423 O.R.B. report for period of 13/4/44-16/4/44

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423 O.R.B. report for period of 3/6/44-6/6/44

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423 O.R.B. report for period of 12/6/44-13/6/44

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423 O.R.B. report for period of 15/7/44-19/7/44

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423 O.R.B. report for period of 10/8/44-11/8/44

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423 O.R.B. report for period of 12/7/44-13/7/44
 
On 12 July, 1944, F/O C.M. Ulrich and crew in 3+J (KK583) were sweeping an area some 200 miles west of the Outer Hebrides when Ulrich spotted a "feather" (the wake left by a periscope) four miles ahead. Jumping right to the attack, he quickly lined up the aircraft one mile astern of the sub and began his approach. Tracking right over the small swirl made by the submerging periscope, he dropped eight depth charges from fifty feet, the charges spaced sixty feet apart and set to explode at a depth of twenty-five feet. The rear gunner saw the charges perfectly bracket the quickly disappearing swirl.

Returning to the scene, the crew saw a black triangular object five feet long momentarily break the surface of the greenish froth, and then disappear from sight. Approximately half an hour later, two light brown, torpedo-shaped objects were seen in the water a half-mile from the attack area. Based on this evidence, Coastal Command gave the crew credit for one "damaged."

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Bruce Witney suspected attack on U-boat-15 November 1944

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Bruce Witney suspected attack on U-boat-15 November 1944 diagram.

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Bruce Witney suspected attack on U-boat-19 November 1944

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Bruce Witney suspected attack on U-boat-19 November 1944 diagram.

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Sept 11, 1944
F/O Farren
In post war assessments this was thought to have been a contact with U-484, reviewed in the mid 90's this was found not to have been U-484 and has been judged to have been a water spout.

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F/O Farren's encounter with waterspout Sept 11, 1944

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F/O Farren's encounter with U-boat December 28, 1944

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F/O Farren's encounter with U-boat December 28, 1944 diagram.


 
Special thanks to:
 
 James Stewart     N.Ireland 
Joe O'Loughlin     N.Ireland
    Breege Mc Cusker  N.Ireland 
John Newall         Canada
                               Richard Lebek  Canada ( crew member U-672)
Norman Lebek   Canada
 Roland Berr      Germany
                                Harry Lorkin   U.K. (RAF 226 Squadron)          
     John Rogers          UK            
                                    N.Jack Logan       Canada   (RCAF 422 Squadron)
              Les and Maureen Ingram  Scotland
   Bill Barber            Canada    
  Robert Walsh        N.Ireland  
                         Capt. Jerry Mason USN (ret.)  Canada         
             Blake Wimperis      Canada              
                                   Robert Quirk     Canada                                          
                                    Norm Muffitt          Canada                                      
                         Lt/Col S. Beaton     Canada  (Camp Borden)
       Stephanie Pinder     USA            
    Alec (Johnny) Johnston    N.Z.
                 Stephen Kerr           N.Ireland             
                                   Reg Firby               Canada (RCAF 423 Squadron)
         Maurice Duffill         Australia     
                   John Hartshorn              UK                     
                                  Don Macfie      Canada ( RCAF 422/423 Squadron)
                               Frank Cauley   Canada  ( RCAF 422 Squadron)
                                Harold O'Brien  Canada  ( RCAF 423 Squadron)
                                   James Newall          UK        ( RAF 423 Squadron)
      Ian Meadows                    UK
                     Bill Baker                 Canada               
John Taylor      Canada
            Gordon Burke              Canada
          Carol Whittle                    U.K.

Last Update on Dec 07 , 2010