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    Default Where did Saro Lerwick L7254 sink ?

    Saro Lerwicks L7254 and L7267 spent their latter days in 1942 with Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment RAF Helensburgh, 209 Squadron and/ or with the Marine Training Unit Wig Bay. I have conflicting reports as to where L7254 was lost, either at Wig Bay or Helensburgh Bay? Does anyone know where for sure?
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    At mooring in Wig Bay 13:20 hrs.

    Port float damaged in gale, caused aircraft to heel over, fill with water and sink.

    Unit is given as RAF Station Corsewell not MAEE on F1180.

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    Robin, title fixed.
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    thanks for the feedback, robin

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    At the danger of being a pedant I think the unit would be RAF Corsewall. This was the home of No1 Marine Craft Training School which worked closely with 57 MU but had the fundamental task of training personnel in boat handling and ground support of flying boats. They also trained the RAF ASR launch crews. The HQ was in Corsewall House which is just to the East of the village of Kirkcolm and north of the main hard standing areas of Wig Bay. A fairly large camp with about 65 buildings had been created adjacent to Corsewall House for a proposed US flying boat base but plans changed and the Americans never came. 1 MCTS had been based at Calshot since 1927 but due to enemy air raids in the Solent area a decision was made to relocate the unit to Loch Ryan and it officially moved to RAF Corsewall on 1st August 1942.

    The school used various obsolete or unserviceable flying boats for towing, mooring and refuelling practice and I would imagine that this was the purpose to which the Lerwick had been put before it was damaged and sank.


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