The remarkable history of the Seawomen of the Marinecraft Unit, and the first BOAC Stewardesses at Poole.
A Heritage Lottery funded community research project.
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Celebrating the Seawomen of the Marinecraft Unit, and the first BOAC Stewardesses at Poole.
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As already noted, the AYE MA’AM Project in researching ‘Progress made by Women in the Workplace in WW2’, is primarily focussed on Women Seamen & Air Stewardesses from 1943, which at the time were new to BOAC. By venturing to place Stewardesses upon the Flying Boats deployed at Poole on the Foynes Shuttles (and those which continued to Lisbon), BOAC had implemented a decision, which had been trialled at Whitchurch, Bristol.
Foynes Shuttles from Poole had been set up in 1940, to link with the PanAm Flying Boats arriving from the USA and those departing again, which were prohibited from entering the war zone ~ for Eire was a neutral country. Therefore, until the USA entered the war, photos taken at Foynes include up to six Flying Boats moored there, which were mostly Boeing 314/314As, with an Empire Class and / or a Catalina of BOAC on the Foynes Shuttles, or passing thro’ en route to Lisbon. The trio of Boeings which joined BOAC (in Summer 1942) also used Foynes, and continued to do so as a terminus at the height of hostilities, or increasingly as a staging-
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Sky High ~ BOAC Shuttle Services between Poole and Foynes, Eire!
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