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I was part of the Barracuda recovery team as an armed Able Seaman / driver. We were based in Ebrington Barracks and tented in Strathfoyle near a small school. I had to identify the bodies at the local mortuary by recognising the uniforms. All three bodies were somewhat preserved in the Bog. All I can remember was the sweet pungent smell as we removed the three poor souls from the aircraft. Just before we lifted the aircraft we had to stop, a vicar arrived on site then we knew that the three were still in the aircraft. Mew, Dobbie and another naval person was on the aircraft when she ditched. If anyone else was on Ex Barracuda with me please make contact. Oh and I had a girlfriend living in Strathfoyle, her father was Danish. I remember the kiddie from the small school throwing stones at us as we passed. LOL. . Thought still vivid in my mind. All the best Frank

Added: May 13, 2015
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Fantastic site and awesome work. Only recently found out about your incredible work. But, where are you and what has happened. You haven't updated for a while

Added: April 6, 2015
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Hi there, I am a trustee of Tarbat Discovery Centre ( Local Heritage center)in Portmahomack which Covers HMS Owl(RNAS Fearn)we have recovered a dummy concrete torpedo whole from HMS Owl and we are going to have it on display this year, I was wondering do you have any photos of a Barracuda dropping a torpedo to go on our display board.
The dummy torpedo we have is a type 1 (vibrated)which was made in one piece compared to the spun type 1 that the head broke of torpedo so out type has survived and it had a ring on nose for retrieving off Nigg bay with horses from Bayfield farm once the tide went out

Kind regards

Douglas Gordon Mob 07775575548


Added: January 22, 2015
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Great to hear about the work on the barracuda,8 remember the recovery from the lough I was only 9 years old at the time, I had tone walk past the spot were it was recovered from to get to school as I lived near enagh lough, and walked to school in Strath Foyle, I can remember it being on the front page of the Dail mirror, keep up the good work guys, now living near Lincoln.

Added: January 13, 2015
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Great to see all the progress being made!All the hard work and perseverance through the naysayer and "leave it as found" types is paying off! Well done folks, well done!

Added: July 6, 2014
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I'm delighted to learn of progress. Since a few years ago, when I started researching my late father's time as Observer in the Tirpitz Raid (829 Sqdn), I was hoping a project like this would get going. I'm glad you've rehabilitated the Barra's unfairly maligned reputation, too. (I'm even more pleased to learn you are based right where I grew up in the North-East.) I hope to visit Cobham Hall on its open day this autumn - will you be there?

Added: June 7, 2014
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What a truly fascinating project. Sadly I bet there would have been one or two saved if they had had the grace and poise of say the Seafire or the Sea Fury.

Glad someone cares enough to resurrect this ugly duckling.


Added: February 20, 2014
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Still a fascinating project especially when you see the condition of the parts post 70 odd years in the British climate. Further to George Warren's message re RCN operation of Barracuda's. 825 Sqdn formed at RNAS Rattray /Crimmond HMS Merganser near Peterhead on 1st July 1945 fully manned by Canadian personnel with 12 ASH Mk11 Barracuda's. It was intended to operate on a Colossus class carrier as part of the 19th Carrier Air Group. These were exchanged for 12 Firefly FR1's in Nov 45 possibly at RNAS Burscough HMS Ringtail near Liverpool. The Sqdn where transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy for operation from their newly commissioned carrier HMCS Worrier on the 24th Jan 1946. The Sqdn embarked on 26th Mar 46 and sailed for Darmouth Canada where they eventually formed the 19th Carrier Air Group around about 15th May 1947. Some of this info came from Air Britain's book Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm by Ray Sturtivant. Looking forward to the next instalment. :!cool:

Added: February 4, 2014
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Always enjoy visiting to catch up on the latest Barra news. What you guys do is an art form. Thank you for your work to bring the Barra back to life.

Waiting on a Project Barra t-shirt (as if you don't have enough to do...)!


Added: January 27, 2014
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My late father George Spinks was instrument fitter
on this aircraft in lndia at 2nd World War.
Good luck to this Project.


Added: January 1, 2014
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