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Corsair wreck in Lough Foyle

Old 14th Aug 2019, 19:51
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Actually there are/were two Corsairs in Lough Foyle. One off Eglinton, but it was on the far side of a deepish channel so impossible to walk out to. I don't know its identity, but I think it was this one that the Navy rescued in the 1970s, with pictures of the engine hanging from a helicopter. No doubt the rescue ended there and I suspect the rescued bits were scrapped.
Just off Ballykelly JT693 was to be found. It was easy to walk out to it. I saw both around 1966 and I'll attempt to attach photos. If no photos with this post please PM me and I'll Email them to anyone interested.

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Old 21st Aug 2019, 10:47
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Old 21st Aug 2019, 18:37
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Check with the Ulster Aviation society
they pulled something out years ago and they know everything thats still in there
They are a friendly crowd
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Old 22nd Aug 2019, 13:35
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I've tracked the info I was looking for which appeared in 'Ulster Commentary' for October 1970, a non-aeronautical publication. It shows a view from above of what I believe is the unidentified Eglinton aircraft, in much the condition I saw it in the 1960s. Wings, engine, cockpit are all there in place, but the fuselage behind the cockpit is generally missing except for the tailwheel. No fin or tailplane. The article shows a Ballykelly Wessex lifting the engine on behalf of a military group of RAF/RN/Army personnnel called the Ballykelly Historic Aircraft Society, allegedly on behalf of the RAF Museum at Hendon (for a naval aircraft??). I'm pretty sure the UAS and Ernie Cromie haven't got this engine - I suggest it's been junked. The wings/centre-section apparently still visible would seem to be this aircraft. What happened to the Ballykelly one JT693?
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Old 23rd Aug 2019, 08:11
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There was a single radial engine aircraft sitting in a lough south of Aldergrove pointing forlornly at runway 35. There was a bit of interest in the 1970s in recovering it; rumour had it that it was still armed, but its not there on Google so it may have been pulled out.

Short of the runway at Eglington; short at Aldergrove and short at Gan. Must be something wrong with their fuel gauges.
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Old 23rd Aug 2019, 10:49
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1975. That was the Wildcat in Portmore Lough . I took a look at it as there were concerns that it might still have the guns in it. Following that we ran off a load of Hand Held imagery from very low level level in a Scout which I duly forwarded to the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton. I believe it was subsequently recovered by a local group for display. Then there was the probable Beaufort just off the Eastern shore of Lough Neagh......... Sunken flying boats In Lough Erne.....,...., and five wrecks scattered up Lough Foyle. Allegedly .
I did follow up other apparent cases , including the Halifax that came down in Lough Neagh and was the subject of a story in Air Clues. This I discovered was subsequently dragged ashore and broken up in McGarry's yard,near Aldergrove and who had a contract for this work. The only aircraft he knew of that had disappeared was a Beaufort in ,IIRC 1943. Then I had reports from military divers, with sketches , of a twin engined wreck that had the "step" in the upper fuselage by the turret. Unfortunately this was destroyed by explosives ( I was told) as part of another operation.

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The Wildcat is now with the UAS being put together. I rowed out and crawled all over it in the Lough in 1962 when the water level was low. A lot of the fin had been hacked off by locals, but no serious damage. In good condition as it was fresh water. JV482.
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