Aeroplane Monthly 1984-05
P.Jarrett - A Walrus to catch a whale
A fine Walrus-to-Walrus study of G-AHFO Snark off the Isle of Wight during the working-up period in 1916. Saunders-Roe at Cones refurbished the aircraft.
Walrus G-AHFL Boojum accompanied Snark to Antarctica, where their Pegasus engines performed faultlessly.
John Grierson, right, and Geoffrey Collyer wreathed in smiles after fooling the handicappers and winning the Folkestone Trophy Race at Lympne on August 31, 1946. Their mount was the unnamed Walrus G-AHFN.
Boojum is recovered after a reconnaissance flight in the Antarctic. Seated on the upper centre section is the wireless operator, whose duty it was to attach the crane hook.
As a Walrus taxies up to Balaena’s stern after a flight, the wireless operator climbs on to the top wing. Several whale carcasses are visible at bottom right.
G-AHFM Moby Dick demonstrates the towed mat retrieval. This Walrus never reached Antarctica, being left at Cape Town as a reserve aircraft and collected on the way back to England.
Boojum is hoisted on to Balaena’s stern following a flight. It is evident from this picture that, like Snark, Boojum also had its amphibian undercarriage removed during the Antarctic operations.
Boojum departs by cordite catapult.
John Grierson and Geoffrey Collyer winning the Folkestone Trophy Race at Lympne on August 31, 1946. Their mount was the unnamed Walrus G-AHFN, seen landing after winning its heat on August 30. Despite recent statements to the contrary, this Walrus remained in England. It languished at Prestwick for years before it was wrecked on July 3, 1955.
The three principal Walruses on the slipway at Cowes. G-AHFO Snark is nearest, with G-AHFM Moby Dick and G-AHFL Boojum behind.
A stern view of the factory ship Balaena, showing the hangar and crane provided for the aircraft. Boojum is suspended from the crane.
Their brief spell in the limelight over, Moby Dick (nearest) and Snark rust in peace at Cowes. They were scrapped in July 1950.