Some wartime views of the Coastal Command base situated at Castle Archdale on Lower Lough Erne. The base openned in Feb. 1941 and underwent constant development until the end of the war in May 1945. Forever linked to the sinking of the Bismarck much of the important work ,(that which reflected totally the motto of Coastal Command) carried out by so many crews lives in the shadow of "Rhine Exercise". The entrance to the base , seen in 1943. The same view taken last year. (2007). The Manor House which developed into officers quarters and HQ for the base complex. Top left a flight control centre which was built on the roof of the house overlooking the expanse of Lower Lough Erne and the flare paths. The same view , again taken last year - the house disappeared in the mid 1970's. A 240 Squadron crew return to the jetty after viewing their Stranraer flying boat one of two aircraft which came there in 1941. As it is today. The maintance apron seen in 1942 . The same view taken three years ago from the Duxford based Catalina, I was lucky enough to get a flight in her over the Lough , out over Donegal Bay and back, amazing , one which will stay with me. A 423 RCAF Sunderland on the slipway . The same view today , seen in 2007. A Sunderland in the evening. As close to the same view as I could make it , 2006. My dog knows the site almost better than I do , from now on it is a good place to get some time out.