- Contributed by
- CSV Media NI
- People in story:
- Fr Seamus Clenaghan
- Location of story:
- Langford Lodge AFB, N Ireland
- Background to story:
- Royal Air Force
- Article ID:
- Contributed on:
- 07 November 2005
This story is taken from an interview with Fr Seamus Clenaghan, and has been added to the site with his permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions. The interview and transcription was by Bruce Logan.
The main RAF base was in N Ireland was Aldergrove. It is now called "Belfast International Airport"
It’s still there, on the far side of the mountains from Belfast.
During WW2 the USAAF used other bases at Knutts Corner and Langford lodge, for Seaplanes coming in from America.
[Fr Seamus Clenaghan was temporarily assigned to a parrish in Seattle, Washington State, USA.]
I was asked to fill a gap there.
The first Sunday I was there I introduced myself as coming from Ireland
After, when I was outside, meeting various ones, a man asked What part of Ireland I was from.
I replied “The North”.
He asked me to be more explicit about where.
I said “County Antrim”, and he asked me if I was from near Knutts Corner.
I thought - Knutts Corner? This man lived on the West coast of USA!
I said "How do you know about Knutts Corner?"
He said "During the war years I was based at Langford Lodge. When we got Leave we flew home from Knutts Corner. To go home, the few chances we got home."
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