RSPB

Portmore Lough, Peter Lock and the WW2 Wildcat

Thursday 13 February

7pm to 8.30pm

Price: Free (but spaces limited, so book via the Eventbrite link)

Booking essential

Join us at RSPB Portmore Lough as we host Ray Burrows - Chairman of the Ulster Aviation Society - who will tell the fascinating tale of Peter Lock, the young Royal Navy pilot who crash-landed his Grumman Wildcat fighter on the lough in 1944 during the Second World War.

Tickets are free, but spaces are very limited so reserve your space here: https://portmorewildcat.eventbrite.co.uk

Christmas Eve 2019 marked the 75th anniversary of the dramatic incident which saw Sub-Lieutenant Lock taking off from Long Kesh airfield before his engine went on fire. Realising that he wouldn’t make it as far as Lough Neagh and that landing a plane full of fuel into a field would be a fatal move, Peter then spotted Portmore Lough. He ditched the plane and was rescued by the Kane family who rowed a boat out after then 12-year-old Seamus Kane - who still lives in a house on the shore of the lough - saw the plane going down and raised the alarm. Along with his colleagues at the Ulster Aviation Society (UAS), Ray has been restoring the plane for 35 years, ever since it was lifted out of Portmore Lough in 1984. Ray will talk about this fascinating story of Peter Lock and the plane that became such a landmark on the lough and a real talking point in the community. This event is free with a suggested donation on the night of £5. Please note there is limited parking available at RSPB Portmore Lough. Please be considerate of residents when parking nearby.

Directions

RSPB Portmore Lough, 1 Georges Island Road, Aghalee, BT67 0DW

Where is it?

  • Postcode: BT67 0DW
  • County: County Antrim

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