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    Hello,
    A small part of local history related in the local paper.
    by Mike Truscott.(Falmouth Packet-Feb 19/2014).

    Back in 1933 with virtually no security The Prince of Wales arrived on the overnight newpaper train from London.
    Four flying boats arrived from Mount Batten The Prince boarde one of them, and they flew off to the Isles of Scilly. The "Packet" reported that his Royal Highness had become the first member of the Royal family to have left the port in a flying boat.

    What were these four flying boats, what was their Squadron, what were the serial numbers and who were the crews ?

    As for the Royal visit to the Scillies, what was the event, or was it a private visit ?

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    Alex

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    From 'The West Australian', May 25th 1933:

    LONDON, May 23. The Prince of Wales to-day flew from Falmouth in a Royal Air Force flying boat to the Scilly Islands. Practically the entire population of the islands, consisting of fisher folk, and flower growers, was awaiting him when he came down in Saint Mary's Harbour.

    His visit was recorded by Movietone:

    http://www.movietone.com/N_POPUP_Pla...&assetno=85843

    Great sound as the flying boat (is it a Southampton?) takes off! Regards

    Simon

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    Having been involved in the siting, and subsequent commissioning, of the Automatic Weather Station at Scilly (St Mary’s), I know just what the weather can be in them parts.

    Looks like 209 Sqn with all four of its Blackburn Iris a/c The fact that they had to send 4 a/c does seem to create some serviceability problems? But those of us who have been involved/cursed by Royal Visits will know what goes on!!

    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Hello,
    Thank you both for the replies, both are helpful. Will have to take a close look at the 209 aircraft of the time maybe the serial numbers will come up in time.
    Again many thanks for the replies.
    Alex

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