DID YOU KNOW??
2018 marks the centenary of the RAF. To mark this historic occasion, we are holding a fun filled weekend event at RAF Castle Archdale
During the Second World War RAF Castle Archdale served as a base for the flying boats of the RAF and Royal Canadian Air Force. RAF Castle Archdale became an important base for Coastal Command due to its close proximity to the Atlantic (the most westerly flying boat base in the UK)
Castle Archdale provided accommodation, canteens, recreation facilities, stores, a control tower and station headquarters, hangars, flying boat pens, a slipway, workshops and a machine gun range.
In May 1941 the German battleship Bismarck was found during a routine patrol by a Cataline flying out of Castle Archdale. Its contribution to the hunt for the Bismarck heralded the end of the battleship era: without air protection, the big ships were effectively obsolete
The RAF left Castle Archdale in 1957. The slipway remains in use and the concrete stands where the Catalina aircraft once parked are now part of the caravan park.