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    Hi,

    what were the most important airfields used by a/c of BOAC when they arrived in London in 1941 for "regular" lines from portugal ?

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    Hello,

    The BOAC Headquarters and Terminal Airport was situated at Whitchurch (coded "A" Base, with radio call sign GKH), near Bristol for landplanes while the flying-boats operated from Poole Harbour in Dorset. Hythe, near Southampton, became the maintenance base for flying-boats and Bramcote ("B" base), near Nottingham, served the same purpose for landplanes. The airports at Croydon, Heston, Exeter and Shoreham in the south were used for flights to and from the Continent, while Perth and Dyce in Scotland were departure points for flights to Scandanavian countries, until the war situation caused the latter to cease on April 8, 1940, and the former soon after the French capitulation on June 17, 1940. The Whitchurch terminal was transferred to Hurn Airport in Hants on November 1, 1944, and the Bramcote base was then transferred to Croydon.

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    BOAC at War.
    Moss,Peter W.
    Aeroplane Monthly. July 1976. p.353

    Col.

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    Thanks Col Bruggy. On the stamp put on the paasport I can decipher the town Bristol under Immigration officer.

    bertrand

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    Hi Bertrand...

    I'm interested in any story related with Portugal and aircraft during WWII. Is there anyhthing I can Help or anything You can share..., I Would really be interested.

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    Carlos Guerreiro

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    Bramcote is near nuneaton
    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Hello,

    The BOAC Headquarters and Terminal Airport was situated at Whitchurch (coded "A" Base, with radio call sign GKH), near Bristol for landplanes while the flying-boats operated from Poole Harbour in Dorset. Hythe, near Southampton, became the maintenance base for flying-boats and Bramcote ("B" base), near Nottingham, served the same purpose for landplanes. The airports at Croydon, Heston, Exeter and Shoreham in the south were used for flights to and from the Continent, while Perth and Dyce in Scotland were departure points for flights to Scandanavian countries, until the war situation caused the latter to cease on April 8, 1940, and the former soon after the French capitulation on June 17, 1940. The Whitchurch terminal was transferred to Hurn Airport in Hants on November 1, 1944, and the Bramcote base was then transferred to Croydon.

    See:
    BOAC at War.
    Moss,Peter W.
    Aeroplane Monthly. July 1976. p.353

    Col.

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    Hello Albertball, and Welcome,

    Re: "Bramcote is near Nuneaton"; Correct. The late Peter Moss obviously mistook the Bramcote, near Nottingham, for the one near Nuneaton - unusual error for the usually meticulous Mr Moss. Thanks for pointing it out.

    Col.

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