posted on May 8th, 2012

Donegal Spitfire Book Launch

The Mayor of Derry Alderman Maurice Devenney helped launch a book entitled ‘The story of the Donegal Spitfire’, along with the Claudy author and aviation enthusiast Jonny McNee.


The book, the first licensed excavation of a WW2 aircraft in Ireland details and depicts  the author’s  discovery and subsequent year long project to excavate and preserve the World War II Spitfire plane he found in an Inishowen bog.


It covers the fascinating  career of the American pilot, Officer Roland ‘Bud’ Wolfe who abandoned his stricken aircraft in 1941 near Gleneely village on the Inishowen Peninsula and culminates with the emotional visit to Derry by two of the pilots daughters to launch the covered items currently exhibited at the Workhouse Museum.  The excavation was featured recently recorded as part of BBCNI series entitled ‘Dig WW2’.


Priced at £8.95 (p&p), the book is available from local Derry book stores or by contacting Jonny at or on 07773301212.