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    Default Foynes aerodrome Southern Ireland

    I have come across reference to an RAF officer being flown from Foynes as a 'Diplomat' direct to the USA by a unit described as American Export Airlines. The RAF Officer was associated to radar work in Fighter Command and not a diplomat.

    Has anyone any knowledge of these flights from neutral Ireland, I find this intriguing.

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    Hi

    I believe I am right in saying that American Export Airlines operated a trans Atlantic schedule under contract to the Air Transport Command of the USAAF. I guess operation through neutral countries such as Portugal etc did happen all the time.

    regards Peter

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    It was a flying boat base, the place associated with pre war BOAC flights.

    What was the officers name?

    Regular flights operated from there with Clippers and those Sikorsky boats.

    No such place as 'Southern Ireland".

    You can search for Foynes in the Flight global magazine archives. Also there is a museum there now.
    http://www.flyingboatmuseum.com/

    Forgot I had this article on my own website
    http://www.csn.ul.ie/~dan/war/foynes.htm

    Typed that a long time ago.
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 1st May 2013 at 20:14.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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