7th April 2008 at 18:28Hi,
I have just joined and was hoping some of your members could help me out with some research I am carrying out. I know that during world war 2 No 231 squadron's Coronado Flying boats operated between North America, West Africa and Largs Scotland as their British Terminal. I also know that a Seaplane Maintenance terminal was set up in Largs by scottish aviation ltd as a "feeder" to their larger factory in Greenock which worked on Sunderlands as well as Catalinas. I have the squadron records for 231 when they reformed as No.45 group Communications Squadron (from the national archives) They mention the Coronados, in fact they give their serial numbers but apart from that details are sketchy. I have tried the local library, the reference library for this area, ( from which I have gleaned a bit more information including the fact that some of the 27 martin mariners given to the RAF under the lend/lease program flew from here for example JX110 which flew from Largs to Stranraer on the 2/2/44) the Aeronatical Society Prestwick Branch, Barrfields Pavilion in largs (this was the seaplane workshop). I just find it amazing that this small Scottish seaside town was such an international Air Hub during world war 2 and its as if it never happened.
I understand the need for secrecy during world war 2 but would I be wrong in assuming that surely some records would have had to been kept as to the positioning of this base.
Basically I am just looking for any pointers or suggestions from you gents as to where I might look in the future as I am sure there is still info out there.