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  • bazv
    olde rigger
    • Feb 2005
    • 5799

    Wig Bay Flying Boat apron/hangar area ?

    Just sorting through old pics,I am fairly sure this was part of the wig bay RAF base nr Stranrear,pics taken in 1987 during tour of scotland in tastefully coloured VW camper
    looks like location is just on south side of the wig bay holiday park.
    Just a little further north was the main parking area








    regards baz
    Last edited by bazv; 20th June 2009, 10:41. Reason: spelling...doh
  • Newforest
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Apr 2005
    • 8832

    #2
    Unless they have trains with four wheels in parallel in Scotland, that is the remains of a hangar!
    http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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    • bazv
      olde rigger
      • Feb 2005
      • 5799

      #3
      Originally posted by Newforest View Post
      Unless they have trains with four wheels in parallel in Scotland, that is the remains of a hangar!
      Absolutely agree,the area i photographed is outlined in light blue on the GE image and i assume was the servicing area,further north outlined in darker blue was the main parking area,with other bays in between.
      Anybody got any photos of wig bay during ww2 ??

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      • Newforest
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Apr 2005
        • 8832

        #4
        Wikipedia on Wig Bay and an average photo. Was surprised that parts of the Mulberry harbour were constructed that far north from its eventual destination!

        http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...f%26ie%3DUTF-8
        http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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        • chumpy
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Jan 2000
          • 644

          #5
          A view of Wig Bay taken July 1955, a scan of a snap shot from my collection....Check out all those moth-balled Sunderlands..oh for a time machine!
          Last edited by chumpy; 28th March 2010, 08:38.
          pb::

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          • Newforest
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Apr 2005
            • 8832

            #6
            Photo of a Sunderland at Wig Bay maintenance area about 1955.

            http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...0%26ie%3DUTF-8
            http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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            • bazv
              olde rigger
              • Feb 2005
              • 5799

              #7
              Thanks chumpy...got any more ??
              Might be worth putting these type of pics on photobucket or similar,because you can post bigger images on here.
              Do you know roughly where that shot was taken ??

              cheers baz

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              • chumpy
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Jan 2000
                • 644

                #8
                Hi Baz...OK here's another one, alas I have never been to Wig Bay so no real idea of the layout of the place. The photos only small snapshots so not exactly high-res.

                They were taken by an old boy I knew (now sadly passed away), he was a keen spotter back in the 50s. The photos taken during a Scotland 'bash' in July 1955. I have his spotting log for the trip though strangely no entry for Wig Bay.
                Not sure what the status of the place was back then, presumably still 'active' what with all the aircraft lying about. So perhaps a bit of sneaky visit, no written notes etc, the collecting of military serials / photography of air bases viewed with suspicion back then!

                Chumpy.
                Last edited by chumpy; 28th March 2010, 08:38.
                pb::

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                • bazv
                  olde rigger
                  • Feb 2005
                  • 5799

                  #9
                  Thanks again chumpy...sorry just assumed you had been there
                  still might be worth putting some of these shots on photobucket,you can post larger images on here and i dont think there is a limit on the number of pics you can post.


                  some nice pics on here...

                  http://www.rhaywood.karoo.net/personal/raf/raf.html

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                  • bazv
                    olde rigger
                    • Feb 2005
                    • 5799

                    #10
                    Chumpy...I think when your 'old boy' took the photos at wig bay...the place was pretty much running down...possibly closed in oct 1957

                    cheers baz

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                    • wieesso
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Aug 2006
                      • 1854

                      #11
                      and an aerial photo ...
                      Attached Files

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                      • bazv
                        olde rigger
                        • Feb 2005
                        • 5799

                        #12
                        nice pic of the main parking area,showing two of the slips as well

                        cheers baz

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                        • bazv
                          olde rigger
                          • Feb 2005
                          • 5799

                          #13
                          Done a bit more digging this morning...some aerial pics

                          1 Luftwaffe recconnaissance feb 1941
                          2+3 RAF survey 1947
                          4 from RCAHMS







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                          • sunderlandnut
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Jan 2008
                            • 47

                            #14

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                            • bazv
                              olde rigger
                              • Feb 2005
                              • 5799

                              #15
                              Nice shot Sunderlandnut...do you have any more or a link to any more

                              thanks Baz

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                              • chumpy
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Jan 2000
                                • 644

                                #16
                                Baz,
                                I checked out the notes again today, the first shot shows a view of the southern perimeter road, edge of Loch Ryan to the right. The Sunderlands are SZ566, RN282, ML881, VB888, PP154.

                                The second shot view of Northern perimeter ML763 visible.

                                Also came across a vintage newspaper clipping from March 1960..everything must go!

                                Chumpy.
                                Last edited by chumpy; 28th March 2010, 08:38.
                                pb::

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                                • sunderlandnut
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Jan 2008
                                  • 47

                                  #17
                                  Hello Baz

                                  The shot of PP163 above was from Ken Delves book Short Sunderland Crowood 2000.
                                  The following are from FlyPast mag July 2000 Wig Bay Days by Les Still.





                                  Contact me by PM if you would like a scan of the article.

                                  Cheers
                                  Richard

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                                  • Pondskater
                                    Rank Registered User
                                    • Sep 2006
                                    • 813

                                    #18
                                    Interesting thread. I've seen a few photos of the rows of aircraft on a local TV documentary, but it seems you have some very similar ones above. Can I ask where you found them? Wig Bay is on my list of places to do more research on.

                                    There's a couple of nice pics on this page which show a view from the water to the open fronted sheds on shore.
                                    http://www.rhaywood.karoo.net/personal/raf/raf.html(scroll about halfway down)

                                    I went through the unit ORB quite a while ago on another project. In July 1951, Short and Harland (beating three others) got the contract to continue the Sunderland servicing and and the RAF handed the site over from Sept 51. As a result, there is nothing in the ORB after that date.
                                    The Sunderland went out of service in the UK in 1957 so many of the stored boats were scrapped at that time - the Singapore Sunderlands continuing until 1959.

                                    Allan
                                    Last edited by Pondskater; 8th December 2011, 23:59. Reason: Removing broken links
                                    "Writing is easy - all you have to do is stare at a blank piece of paper until your forehead bleeds." - Douglas Adams

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                                    • wieesso
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Aug 2006
                                      • 1854

                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by bazv View Post
                                      Just sorting through old pics,I am fairly sure this was part of the wig bay RAF base nr Stranrear,pics taken in 1987 during tour of scotland in tastefully coloured VW camper
                                      looks like location is just on south side of the wig bay holiday park.
                                      Just a little further north was the main parking area

                                      regards baz
                                      Guess it's this place
                                      Attached Files

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                                      • bazv
                                        olde rigger
                                        • Feb 2005
                                        • 5799

                                        #20
                                        Thanks for all the input so far everybody,was a bit tied up yesterday,but will catch up properly during the week.
                                        Nobody has commented on pic 2 in my first post...I thought it might be part of some beaching gear but also that the wheels looked a wee bit small for anything relevant to a large flying boat...any ideas anybody ??

                                        regards baz

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