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Old 19th April 2019, 13:57
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Supermarine Walrus Factories

Does anyone have details of the factories that built the Walrus in the UK?

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Old 19th April 2019, 14:55
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Re: Supermarine Walrus Factories

Larry

As far as I know production started at Hythe and continued in the Itchen Works.
You can probably find out more if you google said places and add Supermarine.

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Old 19th April 2019, 17:15
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Re: Supermarine Walrus Factories

Details from FAA Aircraft 1939-1945.
May be of use to you ?

Super Marine Woolston.
K5772 - 5783
K8338 - 8345
K8537 - 8564
L2169 - 2336
P5646 - 5670
PP5696 - 5720
R6543 - 6557
W2731 - 2760
W2766 - 2798
W3005 - 3051
W3062 - 3101

Saunders Roe, Cowes

R6582 - 6591
W2670 - 6591
W2700 - 2729
X9460 - 9484
X9554 - 9558
X9559 - 9593
Z1755 - 1784
Z1804 - 1823
HD804 - 837
HD851 - 878
HD899 - 936
Rebuilds
X1045-1046
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Old 22nd April 2019, 20:54
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Re: Supermarine Walrus Factories

Now, a puzzle that members might be able to resolve: The b&w photo below, via the Addlestone Historical Society (AHS), that shows an industrial estate in the area. Members of AHS believe that aircraft completed (or perhaps repaired)at this factory were flown on delivery from a nearby site in the area. The AHS say this was not Brooklands airfield, which is only a mile from Addlestone. So the question now is was there any repair facilities for Walrus aircraft in the area around Brooklands that might help identify the works in the photo?
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Old 22nd April 2019, 23:41
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Re: Supermarine Walrus Factories

You may have already spotted this but.....

If you blow the photo up, along the bottom edge there's the top of a line of print. The first two words look like Saunders Roe to me.

Saro built both metal hulled Mk 1's and plywood-hulled Mk 2's. I can't see them having a plant in Addlestone!
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Old 23rd April 2019, 00:03
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Re: Supermarine Walrus Factories

It seems I wrote too soon!

I've just checked the Putnam book "Saunders and Saro Aircraft since 1917" by Peter London.

In Appendix 2, the lists the Walrus and Sea Otter production by Saro, then in Appendix 3, there is a list of Saro plants during WW2.

Lo and behold, there are two possibilities listed. One of them is Weybridge Trading Estate, Addlestone. The second is The Chapel, Addlestone Road, Weybridge.

I hope this helps.
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Re: Supermarine Walrus Factories

Walruses were built at the Weybridge Trading Estate. Completed aircraft were then towed about half a mile alon a track to the flying field at Chertsey Mead
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Great thanks all.
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