Re: Met Flights 1946 RAF Aqir
I did two, post-WW2, tours of duty (and a number of short-term detachments) into the eastern Mediterranean. There were, at those times, no organised Met Flights in/near the East Med. There was the occasional operational requirement for a met recce flight. These (the ones I was on) were carried out by the Shackletons from Malta on detachment. It may have been the case that the fact that the a/c was actually carrying a “Met Observer” (however inexperienced, and ‘observing’ from the mid-upper turret!) made the flight a formal/legal “Met Recce Flight” in the event of any ‘difficulties’?
The E Med has had more than its fair share of local/national/international political upheavals!!
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