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    Default Catalina photo Faeroes - old thread

    A post by guest Ian Brown in an archived thread about an accident on the Faeroe Islands (http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/03885.php), referred to a photo of a Catalina there. Ian was asking about the aircraft's parent unit, but received no response. Unfortunately he did not give any date for the photo, nor is there one in his fuller account at http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peop...a6168990.shtml .

    I've just managed to trace one of the meteorologists (he's now 92) stationed at Vaagar between November 1943 and March 1944, and he referred to there often being three Norwegian-crewed Catalinas on the lake (the Sorvagsvatn for anyone looking at Google Earth). Apparently there were also facilities for servicing the aircraft. This led me to 1477 Flight, later 333 Squadron (http://www.dundee-at-war.net/raf.htm).

    There is also a reference in the Daily Register in which met observations were recorded, to one of the houses of the village ( Vatnsoyrar) being the 'Squadron offices'.

    All this might well point to there being a permanent detachment of 1477 Flight/333 Squadron at Vaagar.

    Would anyone have copies of the 333 Sqn ORB by any chance, before I start downloading random copies?

    Brian
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    Hello Brian

    I have !

    e-mail me and I'll send it to you.

    Joss

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    Unfortunately, I don't have an exact date for the photo in question, but it was taken in 1942 or 1943. This is probably too vague to be helpful, but is all I have.

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    Hi Ian,
    Thanks for your reply. I've been trying to trace you for a couple of months, but as you posted as a guest I've been unable to contact you through the forum. I'd be grateful if you could email me; just left-click on 'Lyffe' and use the drop-down menu for my address. Look forward to writing to you.

    Regards

    Brian

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    I apologise to Ian for stating he authored the second reference in this thread (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peop...a6168990.shtml) - he didn't. In mitigation I can only plead the coincidence of two links, both referring to a photo of a Catalina moored on a Faroes lake, appearing at about the same time - another example of me adding 2 + 2 and getting the wrong answer. Although the BBC link appears under a pseudonym the family name of that story appears to be Fisher.

    Brian

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