Belfast Telegraph

RAF marks its century with Erne flyover

By Adrian Rutherford

The RAF's centenary has been celebrated at Lough Erne - one of the most important locations for its coastal command during the Battle of the Atlantic.

During the Second World War, crews from the RAF, Royal Canadian and Royal Australian air forces operated from the lough.

On Saturday an air display - including a veteran Catalina and a Tornado GR4 of IX (Bomber) Squadron aircraft - flew over the old site of RAF Killadeas.

The site is now occupied by Lough Erne Yacht Club.

A plaque remembering more than 300 RAF and Commonwealth aircrew who were killed while operating from the lough was unveiled by Air Vice Marshall Harvey Smyth.

AVM Smyth said: "The Battle of the Atlantic was a strategically important battle during World War Two and the bases we had here in Co Fermanagh were essential to ensuring all of the UK had food and supplies, which ultimately helped us win the war."

During the war almost 12,000 men and women from Northern Ireland volunteered to serve in the RAF, with 1,352 of them losing their lives.

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