Supermarine Walrus
1933
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Supermarine Walrus

One of the unsung heroes of World War II, the Supermarine Walrus amphibian was a private venture development of the 1922 Seagull I, and indeed first flew as the Seagull V on 21 June 1933. A production order by the Australian government prompted evaluation by the Royal Navy's No. 702 Catapult Flight, which in turn led to an initial contract for 12 Walrus Mk I aircraft being placed by the Air Ministry in 1935, Following further trials, during which a Walrus was catapulted fullyloaded from HMS Nelson, production orders for 204 aircraft with the 474kW Pegasus II M2 radial were placed, and the little flying-boat entered Fleet Air Arm service in 1936. Early in World War II Walrus amphibians were serving aboard battleships and cruisers of the Royal Navy all over the world as components of No. 700 Squadron, as well as with Nos 701, 711, 712 and 714 Squadrons, their principal duties being over-the-horizon search for enemy shipping; they were also employed for gunnery spotting, antisubmarine and convoy protection duties. A Walrus was even catapulted from the cruiser HMS Dorsetshire to bomb a target in Italian Somaliland on 18 November 1940. Undoubtedly the work for which the Walrus (affectionately known as the Shagbat) will be best remembered was air/sea rescue, serving in this role with Nos 269, 275, 276, 277, 278, 281 and 282 Squadrons at stations in the United Kingdom, and with Nos 283, 284, 292 and 294 Squadrons in the Middle East. Called out in any weather, day or night, Walrus air/sea rescue aircraft frequently alighted in enemy coastal waters to pick up ditched Allied airmen from their dinghies, sometimes putting down in minefields where rescue launches could not venture. With their curious pusher engine nacelle located between the wings (and angled off centre), the sight of a Walrus to a shotdown airman meant the difference between rescue and years in a prison camp. The Walrus was slowly replaced in service from 1944 onwards by the tractor Mercury-powered Sea Otter from the same stable, although No. 624 Squadron was re-formed at Grottaglie in Italy in December that year with Walrus aircraft for minespotting duties. A total of 740 Walrus aircraft was built, production of the Walrus Mk I with metal-clad hull being terminated at Supermarine after 287 had been completed; thereafter production was switched to Saunders-Roe who built 453 Walrus Mk II aircraft with wooden hulls before finally ending in January 1944.

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Supermarine WalrusA three-view drawing (592 x 892)


Specification 
 MODEL"Walrus" Mk I
 CREW3-4
 ENGINE1 x Bristol Pegasus VI, 559kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight3266 kg7200 lb
    Empty weight2223 kg4901 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan13.97 m46 ft 10 in
    Length11.35 m37 ft 3 in
    Height4.65 m15 ft 3 in
    Wing area56.67 m2609.99 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed217 km/h135 mph
    Ceiling5210 m17100 ft
    Range966 km600 miles
 ARMAMENT2-3 7.7mm machine-guns, 272kg of bombs

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roger bale, 24.10.2014

Im building a flying model of this plane , with a 5ft body and need the retrac info on how the legs fold up, can any one help!

Jack, 09.02.2014

I have a single prop off a walrus for sale and know we're it's mart is. If anyone is interested please email

George, 22.01.2013

My father flew one of these as part of RAF Coastal Command when based in the middle east and Italy (where he was apparently reprimanded for landing one on the Grand Canal in Venice without permission). Great tales of flying in reverse relative to the ground when pointed into high headwinds. I wish I asked more questions.

Bob Bateman, 11.01.2013

Hi,
I have the wheels from a Walrus, both have the large hub-cap that is rivited to the rim, they were bought by a farmer friend between the wars to attach to his horse drawn cart. The wheels are on the axle that was used for the cart, does anyone have any idea how the wheels would be parted from the axle? The fittings in the hub look original as though they are still attached to the Walrus stub axle.

John Clarke, 25.10.2012

I have an original signed oil painting of a Walrus over the sea, preparing to to rescue a stricken crew. If anyone is interested in purchasing this from me. please contact by email and I will provide a photograph. It is framed and measure approximately 19" x 15"

Marty O'CALLAGHAN, 10.09.2012

In a local hotel there is a single propeller mounted on its wall. It is purported to be from a Walrus aircraft. I am therefore after any sketches, dimensions of said aircraft. I would like to chase down any history that I can obtain about this prop to give to the landlord. The hotel is located in Pyrmont/Ultimo, Sydney. Any information is muchly appreciated.

MARTY

Bryan Nichoson, 05.07.2012

Has anyone any info on the aircraft operated by 269 & 282 sqdns from Davidstowe moor in 1944..

Peter Robinson, 05.06.2012

Hi - do you kniow of an aircraft (Walrus I think) with the no 071 painted on the front side?
Would appreciate any help please.
Cheers Peter No9SQN Association. I'm the VP for Western Australia.

Wally Wyatt, 01.05.2012

I flew in a Walrus from Gravesend airfield in 1944 or 45,as
an ATC cadet passenger. Typhoons were in service from the airfield at that time.

christine thompson, 18.01.2012

I was talking recently to a guy who lives on a tugboat in the Adur river estuary at shoreham-by-sea. He asked if I knew anything about the Walrus flying-boat, and whether any were stationed in or near Shoreham - he had heard rumours. Can anyone help please? Both he and the local museum would love to know!

Peter Cheshire, 24.07.2011

I am trying to find details of the Walrus serving on HMS Exeter after her refit. Does anyone one have painting and markings details please ?

John V C Fisher, 29.05.2011

I remember in the war a Walrus crashed on a piece of spare ground at the north end of Preston New Road Southport Lancashire, I believe the pilot was O K. It wasn't badly smashed and was taken away in a "Qeen Mary" trailer

John Gornall, 15.05.2011

During the war A Walrus would fly over Whitchurch,Shropshire at 11 am. dayly heading towards Chester. Any One know why?

Dan Cowan, 14.09.2010

Walrus had flaps. I'm not sure if they were only used during the wing-folding process or not. I don't think they were used the way flaps are normally used. I'm trying to find out!

Marcin Gotter, 05.09.2010

Angular and unwieldy, but it's got its charm

james, 04.08.2010

i have just bought an airfix kit of this aircraft, and i have been in the one at hendon

vince fazio, 08.11.2009

I have published a book on the four surviving Seagull V/Walrus aircraft. Many colour pics of the reconstruction of HD 874 at Point Cook as well as a potted history of all the RAAF units are included.
Available from Drawquick Printing, Marayong NSW Price will be advised.

Michael Chick, 28.10.2009

I am trying to get hold of a couple of really good photos of the Walrus. Can anyone help? Michael Chick

Jack, 21.12.2008

Were can I buy a flying model of this airplane?

Chris Emms, 17.11.2008

I recently found an alloy plate on the beach at Bembridge Isle of Wight which bears the data: Type - WALRUS, Serial number - S2/5796. I think that this is the chassis plate from a flying boat but I can not trace the chassis number for its history, Can you help?

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