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Ferrybank South in County Wexford, County Wexford, Ireland
 

U.S. Naval Air Station

Wexford, Ireland

 
 
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By Naval Order National Capital Commandery
1. U.S. Naval Air Station Wexford, Ireland Marker
Inscription.  
U.S. Naval Air Station (NAS) Wexford, Ireland was one of five U.S. Naval air stations in Ireland during the First World War. The facility was located at Ferrybank, across from Wexford Harbour. Lieutenant Commander Victor D. Herbster, USN, designated Naval Aviator #5, commanded the station and oversaw its construction and subsequent operations. Construction of the base began in May 1918. Four H-16 seaplanes arrived on 18 September 1918. The first combat patrols began the next day. At the point of its greatest activity, station personnel included 20 American naval officers and more than 400 men. From NAS Wexford, American Curtiss H-16 seaplanes conducted antisubmarine patrols to counter German submarines attacking Allied shipping in the Irish Sea and St. George’s Channel.

The planes flew as many hours as possible during daylight and good weather, then were overhauled and repaired at night. In many instances, the men worked 18 hours straight for days at a time to keep the aircraft operational. NAS Wexford remained mishap-free throughout the duration of its operations. With

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By Rosemary Gaul
2. U.S. Naval Air Station Marker on the quay
the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918, all combat operations stopped. NAS Wexford was closed and deactivated on 15 February 1919. We remember the brave American naval aviators, their crews and the genuine hospitality provided by the people of Wexford.

Bhí Stáisiún Aeir Chabhlaigh (SAC) Loch Garman ar cheann de chúig stáisiún de chuid na Stát Aontaith in Éire inn le linn an Chéad Chogaidh Dhomhanda. Bhí sé suite i bPort an Chalaidh trasna ó Chuan Loch Garman. Bhí an Leifteanant Vicor D. Herbster i gceannas ar an stáisiún. Bhí sé i gceannas ar a thógáil agus rinne sé maoirseacht ar a chuid oibríochtaí ina dhiaidh sin. Tosaíodh ar an tógáil mí Márta 1918. Thánig ceithre mhuireitleán H-16 an 18 Meán Fómhair 1918, agus tosaíodh ar na chéad phatróil chomhraic an lá dár gcionn. Nuair a bhí an stáisiún faoi lánseol bhí 20 oifigeach de chuid chablach Mhehiriceá agus breis is 400 fear ag obair ann. Amach ó SAC Loch Garman rinne muireitleáin Curtiss H-16 Mheiriceánacha patróil fhrithfhomhuireaín le cur in aghaid fomhuireáin Ghearmánacha a bheith ag déanamh ionsaithe ar loingeas na gComhghuaillithe i Muir Éireann agus i Muir Bhreatan.

Bhí na heitleáin san aer a mhéid ab fhéidir leo le solas an lae agus leis an dea-aimsir agus rinneadh iad a athchóiriú agus a dheisiú istoíche. Go minic, bhíodh na fir ag obair

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18 n-uaire as a chéile chun na heitleáin a choinneáil ag imeacht. Ní raibh timpiste ar bith riamh i stáisiún Loch Garman. Cuireadh deireadh ar fad le hoibríochtaí comhraic le síniú an tSosa Chogaidh an 11 Samhain 1918. dúnadh an stáisiún an 15 Feabhra 1919. Cuimhnímis i gcónaí ar na heitleoirí cróga, ar na criúnna agus ar an bhfiorchaoin fáilte a chuir muintir Loch Garman rompu.
 
Erected 2018 by National Capital Commandery of the Naval Order of the US, Wexford County Council.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, World I.
 
Location. 52° 20.257′ N, 6° 27.319′ W. Marker is in Ferrybank South, County Wexford, in County Wexford. Marker can be reached from Paul Quay (County Road R730) just north of King Street (County Road R733), on the right when traveling north. The marker is on the quay (boardwalk) overlooking the Wexford Harbor near the tourist info office. The site of the US Naval Air Station is across the Harbor. Nothing remains of the facility except the partially submerged seaplane launch ramp. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 R730, Ferrybank South, County Wexford, Ireland. Touch for directions.
 
More about this marker. A large statue of Commodore John Barry, father of the US Navy, is a short walk distant, on the town square.
 
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The marker tells the history of the US Naval Station in Wexford during World War I. The marker was unveiled on June
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24, 2018 as part of the three-day Wexford Maritime Festival. The Wexford Historical Society, Wexford County Council, American Legion, Ancient Order of Hibernians, US Navy History and Heritage Command, US Embassy in Ireland, and Irish Ministry of Defense were represented at the ceremony.

The book, Wings Over Wexford, by historian Liam Gaul, details the history of NAS Wexford.
 
Additional keywords. Irish-American Relations; The Great War
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2020, by Judith Elizabeth Pearson of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on January 2, 2021, by Judith Elizabeth Pearson of Burke, Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on January 2, 2021, by Judith Elizabeth Pearson of Burke, Virginia.   2. submitted on January 12, 2021, by Judith Elizabeth Pearson of Burke, Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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