Wartime Co. Fermanagh

Troops based in Co. Fermanagh during World War Two were ideally placed to patrol the Atlantic Coast from bases such as Castle Archdale and RAF Killadeas.

County Fermanagh

United Kingdom

County Fermanagh in the province of Ulster is one of the six counties that make up Northern Ireland. It covers an area of 1,691 square kilometres and has a population of around 61,805.

It shares borders with Co. Tyrone to the north-east and borders counties of the Republic of Ireland on all other sides.

RAF Killadeas, Co. Fermanagh

The airfield of RAF Killadeas, Co Fermanagh in January 1945. Royal Air Force personnel walk across the ice from a Sunderland aircraft. Copyright unknown. Photo from Ulster Aviation Society.

Geography

The county is mainly rural, situated in the basin of the River Erne. Two connected lakes, Lower and Upper Lough Erne dominate the landscape. The county town, Enniskillen, lies approximately 120km or 75 miles from Belfast. Enniskillen is the county’s largest town in both area and population.

History

The county takes its name from Fir Manach, the Irish word for men of Manach.

Towns and Cities

Map showing World War Two in Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh

World War Two in Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh

Co. Fermanagh

World War Two in Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh brought the United States Army to rural Northern Ireland with the arrival of 34th Infantry Division in 1942.

Map showing Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh in the Second World War

Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh in the Second World War

Co. Fermanagh

Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh in the Second World War was a hub for the US Army and the RAF and RCAF operated from the shores of the nearby Lough Erne.

Map showing Killadeas, Co. Fermanagh during World War Two

Killadeas, Co. Fermanagh during World War Two

Co. Fermanagh

Killadeas, Co. Fermanagh during World War Two played host to several units of the United States Army while the Royal Air Force operated from the air base.

References

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