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Daveg4otu
18-07-2011, 16:27
During the summer of 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service operated a fleet of Short 184 seaplanes from a base at Beacon Quay shown in the upper picture.The station operated under the command of RNAS Cattewater (Plymouth). With the amalgamation of the RFC and RNAS the unit became 239 Squadron RAF.

The three pictures below show Beacon Quay then and now. The hangar area is now covered by an elevated carpark, the harbour masters office and various shops and eateries.

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/daveg4otu/tqy.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/daveg4otu/bea2.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/daveg4otu/bea1.jpg

Close to the landward end of Beacon Quay are the two ramps constructed for D-Day embarkation(The Hotel Regina in the first photo is visible in the 1918 photo above just above the canvas hangar. http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/daveg4otu/DSCF9939Large.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/daveg4otu/DSCF9940Large.jpg

This view underneath shows the massive construction....

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/daveg4otu/ram1.jpg

Close by is a memorial ,It is set in the retaining wall of the road just to the left of the unfinished hangars in the 1918 picture.....

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/daveg4otu/MEM1.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/daveg4otu/mem3.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/daveg4otu/mem2.jpg

Although a small number of Sunderlands operated from the harbour in WW2 ( from a pontoon moored close by Haldon Quay ) there are no visible signs on these activities.

PETERTHEEATER
19-07-2011, 09:09
Thank you Dave, very nice. I'm a sucker for the old B&W photographs such as your Image 1.

Richard Drew
19-07-2011, 21:11
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jimdumo
14-11-2012, 21:09
I really enjoyed your pictures. I am doing a research project on my father's service with the RCAF in WWII. Based on info I have received from other RCAF personnel, most RCAF personnel were shipped home out of Torquay. My dad came home in late 1945. Do you have any pictures of what Torquay looked like around the WWII war years. I also understand that there was a RAF base nearby and that was probably where they were temporarily posted while waiting to embark. Do you have any photos or comments on that senario?

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Jim

Daveg4otu
15-11-2012, 09:45
The nearest RAF base of any size would have been Exeter. Altho' there were RAF/RN stations at Bolt Head and Haldon these were very small and had little accomodation.

During WW2 a number of hotels in Torquay had been used to accomodate RAF personnel but I have no idea whether this was still the case by 1945.

PETERTHEEATER
15-11-2012, 09:55
Some images here:

http://www.clique.co.uk/coloptics/luftwaffe/TORQUAY.htm

jimdumo
19-11-2012, 17:39
Many thanks gentlemen. The info on accomodations and the link to the pictures were greatly appreciated.

Daveg4otu
19-11-2012, 17:54
This site has some info on hotels, bombing etc
http://www.devonheritage.org/Places/Torquay/CiviliancasualtiesofthebombingofTorquay.htm

If you put "Torquay WW2 Images" into Google you will get a lot of photos , including one of subs tied up at Beacon Quay.

RoJo
17-03-2015, 16:34
I really enjoyed your pictures. I am doing a research project on my father's service with the RCAF in WWII. Based on info I have received from other RCAF personnel, most RCAF personnel were shipped home out of Torquay. My dad came home in late 1945. Do you have any pictures of what Torquay looked like around the WWII war years. I also understand that there was a RAF base nearby and that was probably where they were temporarily posted while waiting to embark. Do you have any photos or comments on that senario?

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Jim

Hi Jim

I am from Torquay and looking for the family of a Tony Tobin (RCAF) whom I believe was a French Canadian who trained in TQ during WW2.
The thing I am looking for is a possible contact site which you may have knowledge about such people.

Regards

RoJo.

IanDDavidson
17-03-2015, 17:11
One being the Rosetor Hotel, now sadly demolished.
http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Rescued-Rosetor-Hotel-shutter-unveiled/story-16010400-detail/story.html

No. 5 Initial Training Wing Torquay, Devon; in particular other buildings used, formation & disbandment dates and where the classrooms were

5 ITW Headquarters: Castle Chambers (formerly County Court Office. Weights and Measures Office)
5 ITW Accomodation: Hotel Majestic and Hotel Stanbury (both bombed 1943, no knowledge which hotels took over) I
5 ITW Hospital: Palace Hotel (bombed 1943)
5 ITW Dining Hall: Torquay Town Hall (now the Assembly Hall)

It initially formed at Hastings on 13/11/39 moving to Torquay on 24/6/40. It disbanded on 1/3/44 having trained Pilots, Navs and Bomb Aimers

Source: Flying Training and Support Units/Sturtivant

In conjunction with Air Gunners, Torbay Civic Society and the RAFA, the (Torquay based) Turning Point Heritage Trust installed a 'Blue Plaque' on the site of the Rosetor Hotel (now the Riviera Centre) on 28th August 2008 to commemorate the 55,000+ aircrew who trained here.

(All above ref: www.rafcommands.com/forum)

On a lighter note the character Basil Fawlty was inspired by Donald Sinclair, the owner of the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Sinclair_%28hotel_owner%29
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1394580/Fawlty-hotelier-was-bonkers-says-waitress.html






The nearest RAF base of any size would have been Exeter. Altho' there were RAF/RN stations at Bolt Head and Haldon these were very small and had little accomodation.

During WW2 a number of hotels in Torquay had been used to accomodate RAF personnel but I have no idea whether this was still the case by 1945.

jimdumo
29-03-2015, 15:43
Hi Jim

I am from Torquay and looking for the family of a Tony Tobin (RCAF) whom I believe was a French Canadian who trained in TQ during WW2.
The thing I am looking for is a possible contact site which you may have knowledge about such people.

Regards

RoJo.

Hello RoJo, I may be able to help you as I have recently completed a detailed document on my father's service in the RCAF. Contact me at jimdumo@yahoo.com if you would like to follow up. Regards Jim D.

jimdumo
29-03-2015, 15:49
Some images here:

http://www.clique.co.uk/coloptics/luftwaffe/TORQUAY.htm


I really enjoyed your pictures. I am doing a research project on my father's service with the RCAF in WWII. Based on info I have received from other RCAF personnel, most RCAF personnel were shipped home out of Torquay. My dad came home in late 1945. Do you have any pictures of what Torquay looked like around the WWII war years. I also understand that there was a RAF base nearby and that was probably where they were temporarily posted while waiting to embark. Do you have any photos or comments on that senario?

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Jim
Hello Jim,

I can send you the document I completed on my father's service in the RCAF and possibly give you some answers to your questions. Contact me at jimdumo@yahoo.com if you wish to follow up. Jim D.