Wartime Co. Fermanagh

The military in Co. Fermanagh in the Second World War was well placed to patrol the Atlantic Coast from bases such as Castle Archdale or R.A.F. Killadeas.

County Fermanagh

Northern Ireland

The picturesque Co. Fermanagh takes its name from the old Fir Manach, the Irish term for the men of Manach, referring to an ancient Irish tribe of people. Covering an area of around 1,691 square kilometres, it shares borders with Co. Tyrone to the north-east and borders counties in the Republic of Ireland on all other sides.

During the Second World War, the military made use of the large lakes and access to the Atlantic coast through the Donegal Corridor. British, American, and Canadian airmen served in Co. Fermanagh at wartime airfields such as R.A.F. Castle Archdale, and R.A.F. Killadeas.

R.A.F. Killadeas, Co. Fermanagh

The airfield of R.A.F. 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.

Places of Interest

The following places will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore more of the area's Second World War heritage.

Map showing Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh during the Second World War

Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh during the Second World War

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 during the Second World War

Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh during 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 Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh during the Second World War

Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh during the Second World War

Co. Fermanagh

During the Second World War, the town of Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh was a popular spot for socialising by the air and ground crews from nearby R.A.F. bases.

Map showing Killadeas, Co. Fermanagh during the Second World War

Killadeas, Co. Fermanagh during the Second World War

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.

Map showing Lisnarick, Co. Fermanagh during the Second World War

Lisnarick, Co. Fermanagh during the Second World War

Co. Fermanagh

The village of Lisnarick, in rural Co. Fermanagh stands close to the former site of R.A.F. Castle Archdale, a busy airbase during the Second World War.

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