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    Default Americans Air Force in Inverness area in WWII?

    Someone has asked in a family history list about someone who had a child in Inverness in 1942 and the father was said to be an American Air Force man.

    The only American Air Force that I can see mentioned is a USAAF engineer battalion extending a runway at Lossiemouth in 1942 for use by 8th USAAF but no mention of them actually operating from there. I can't remember ever seeing any other references to Americans in the area.

    Of course she might have met someone whilst working someone down South and come home to have the child.

    Just wondering if anyone has any other ideas .

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    Hi MB,

    I know for sure that few of American pilots were attached to RAF squadron flying Catalinas from 1941. For example No. 240 Squadron based at Castle Archdale or No. 210 Squadron based at Oban. There was mention on some website but I am not able to locate it now...

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    Did the USAAF/RCAF ferry bombers [Transport command] from Newfoundland to Prestwick, in southern Scotland, by Ayr ? I saw something on google a while ago & this website.

    http://www.controltowers.co.uk/P/Prestwick.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by CZ_RAF View Post
    Hi MB,

    I know for sure that few of American pilots were attached to RAF squadron flying Catalinas from 1941. For example No. 240 Squadron based at Castle Archdale or No. 210 Squadron based at Oban. There was mention on some website but I am not able to locate it now...

    Pavel
    I did wonder about the seaplane bases around the Cromarty Firth but don't see any mention of Americans, of course there is always the possibility of someone on attachment doing training or being trained.

    MB

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    Quote Originally Posted by aestorm View Post
    Did the USAAF/RCAF ferry bombers [Transport command] from Newfoundland to Prestwick, in southern Scotland, by Ayr ? I saw something on google a while ago & this website.

    http://www.controltowers.co.uk/P/Prestwick.htm

    Anne
    I think aircraft did arrive via Prestwick but that is some distance from Inverness, of course they could be diverted and delayed by weather or repairs.

    I am still inclined to think the woman was working somewhere away from the area where she met him.

    MB

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    You are probably correct as Inverness is well north of Prestwick though it has a commercial airport. I don't think it's as big as Prestwick ?

    Of course he ,the American , could have been on leave & doing a bit of Scottish sightseeing ?

    All sorts of possibilities !

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    The reason for US pilots with Catalina squadrons were two:

    1) RAF pilots have experience with combat flying but Catalinas were very different from British planes.
    2) on the other hand US pilots have experience on Catalinas but no combat experiences so they were unofficialy told to get some exeperience too but oficially they were just "observers".

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    The original post says nothing about the individual concerned being aircrew, only that he was an "American Air Force man". It seems to me that any member of the engineer battalion at Lossiemouth could quite possibly have been a candidate.
    Just a thought, since it seems the theories being advanced on the thread seem aircrew orientated.
    Bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillG View Post
    The original post says nothing about the individual concerned being aircrew, only that he was an "American Air Force man". It seems to me that any member of the engineer battalion at Lossiemouth could quite possibly have been a candidate.
    Just a thought, since it seems the theories being advanced on the thread seem aircrew orientated.
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    I think there is just not enough known to be sure of anything, as I wrote she could have met someone down South and returned home. Just thought I would try in case there had some based in the area apart from the engineer battalion. Not impossible that they would claim to be aircrew when socialising off duty as more glamorous than airfield construction!

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    Perhaps, as far as the girl was concerned, what he did in the air force wasn't important, it was the person she was interested in.
    Why do I get the feeling of aircrew snobbery here?
    Bill

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