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    Sir Henry Tizard flew to America on August 14 1940 aboard the Empire flying boat Clare to pioneer his Tizard Mission. Do any members of the forum know from where he took off? The answer, or any feedback, will be much appreciated.
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    Tizard's biography (Tizard by Ronald W Clark (1965)) describes the flying boat leaving Poole shortly after 2 pm.

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    thanks Brian

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    Via Foynes (Shannon) for refuelling.
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    Hello,

    As a follow-up to Tony's post (#4), the following is known:

    Meanwhile, Capt Kelly Rogers* had maintained the Foynes-Botwood(Newfoundland) schedule single-handed with"Clare" from 3 August (1940) till 23 September, making four round trips...

    * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cecil_Kelly-Rogers

    See:
    Shorts Aircraft since 1900.
    Barnes,C H (rev.by Derek N James)
    London:Putnam,1989
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    This from Tizard by Ronald W Clark (1965):

    They took off (from Poole) a few minutes after two, gained height, and were joined by fighters which were to accompany them as far as Ireland. 'The escort was comforting as there had been heavy German raids the day before and a raider had actually been brought down in Poole Harbour', Tizard noted in his diary. They crossed the British coast at Barnstaple, flew north-west and three hours later circled above Foynes before dropping down to the harbour.

    'A magnificent tea which we all ate copiously', Tizard noted of his meal in a small hotel. 'Lucky I did because we had no dinner on board the Clareand I had not been warned. Then back to the Clare after a stroll, and got off again, fully loaded, at 7.30 pm.' Now perhaps for the first time, Tizard saw the point of Rowlands' warning about the flying boats that might not 'be very comfortable.'

    The 'Clare' had been fitted up in only the most rudimentary way for passenger, who looked down from improvised chairs as they crossed the coast of Ireland before 8 pm. Then they headed out to sea in the face of a strong headwind, flying at less than 1000 feet above the white horses beneath them. At first they read and talked. After coffee and sandwiches, they tried to play bridge, but by this time it was dark and the single naked bulb gave little light. 'Settled down in our chairs to sleep, but my sleep was only fitful, as it was cold. Tizard noted in his diary. 'I had a chair by a draught. Ran into some bad weather at night judging by the bumps. In the morning cloud and mist.' At first light they flew out of bad weather, picked up a tail-wind and continued droning westwards, flying monotonously, uneventfully, interminably it seemed, above a bank of low cloud that lay only a few hundred feet above the water. They breakfasted on Bovril, biscuits and fruit and a few hours later - having passed close to Tizard harbour - circled above Botwood where they landed at 12.14.


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