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    Hi All

    Does anyone know anything about a German seaplane operated, presumably by the RAF from Poole during WW2?

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    I don't know about Poole but I have heard of Dutch airmen escaping to England with their Fokker TVIIIs, which were apparently quite good but couldn't be maintained due to no spare parts.
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    The RAF flew four He 115s, all ex-Norwegian (one ex-Luftwaffe). Two carried out operations from Malta until the aircraft were lost by strafing. War Prizes does not mention any being based at Poole, but the record may be abbreviated.

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    From Ross's Coastal Command chronology for 320 Squadron, which was the Dutch group I mentioned.

    15 Group 320 Sqn Pembroke Dock Pembrokeshire 01/06/40 Formed. Fokker T VIII, 06/40. Anson I, 08/40.

    Not Poole, but not too far away.
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    Thanks for the replies

    This is the original enquiry, if anyone can suggest an answer: -

    "I am researching my uncles war service, he was a fitter/armourer on Sunderlands and Catalinas. He worked at Wig Bay untill he was posted to RAF Apapa in NIgeria December 1943. He tells many a good tale and one refers to a German Seaplane that used to fly in every two weeks or so. This Seaplane came from Poole and was escorted by two Beaufighters which landed at Castle Kennedy. The crew were Norwegian and it is supposed they were carrying supplies to the resistance. Sadly one day on taxiing on the Loch an engine caught fire and the plane exploded killing the crew. I know the date is a bit vague but there was a recent article in a Scottish History Magazine that referred to a similar plane landing at Montrose. Coulkd they be the same? Could they have been on SOE Ops? Any info re this or RAF Apapa gratefully received."

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    BV184 operating from Calshot from 24th August 1941 on clandestine operations over the Bay of Biscay. Damaged by Spitfires 23rd April 1942. To Wig Bay for repair, damaged beyond repair by explosion during take-off there on 31st May 1942.

    BV186 to Royal Norwegian Navy Flight at Dundee/Woodhaven 15th August 1942 from storage at Wig Bay. Scrapped December 1942.

    "Little has come to light of the details of operations"

    Source: War Prizes.

    Presumably the seond is the one seen at Montrose.

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    Thanks Graham

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