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NAS Whiddy Island
WW1 US NAS Whiddy Island Ireland
WW1 US NAS Whiddy Island Ireland
IATA: none – ICAO: none
Airport type Military
Owner Admiralty
Operator United States Navy
Location Whiddy Island, Bantry Bay, County Cork, Ireland
Built 1918 (1918)
In use 1918-1919 (1919)
Elevation AMSL 3 ft 3 in ft / 1 m
Coordinates 51°41′22″N 9°30′01″W / 51.68941°N 9.50029°W / 51.68941; -9.50029Coordinates: 51°41′22″N 9°30′01″W / 51.68941°N 9.50029°W / 51.68941; -9.50029
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U.S. Naval Air Station Whiddy Island was a US naval air station operated during the last year of World War I and commissioned 4 July 1918.[1] Located on Whiddy Island in Bantry Bay, County Cork, Ireland, it was also known as Bantry Bay Station. The base was used for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) patrols by Curtiss H-16 seaplanes.


At the start of United States of America's involvement in the First World War five sites in Ireland; Queenstown, Wexford, Lough Foyle, Whiddy Island and Berehaven[2] were identified to be operated by the United States Navy in support of allied operations against enemy submarines.


The Whiddy Island station was located on the eastern side of the island in Bantry Bay. Patrols and convoys for the waters to the southwest of Ireland were furnished by this station.[2] In all, five Curtiss Model H planes were based in Whiddy Island during 1918: BUNO *A1072, A1078, A1084, A3466, A4047, A4048.[citation needed] These were "pusher" type of aircraft with the engine and propeller behind the pilot.[citation needed]

The H-16 Large America, were equipped with four Lewis machine guns, a bomb load of four 230 pound bombs and a crew of five - a pilot, two observers, a mechanic and a wireless operator.[3]


Aircrew flying H-16, A1072, crashed on 22 October 1918.[4][not in citation given] Walford A. Anderson (USNRF, AE2, Springfield, MO) was killed in the crash.[4]

End of hostilities and closureEdit

While the base operated under wartime conditions for only seven weeks, patrols continued for some months after the armistice, and it was eventually closed on 29 January 1919.[1]

See alsoEdit


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