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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Poole Flying Boats Celebration (PFBC)

Parkstone Library Buildings

1 Britannia Road

Poole BH14 8AZ



A PFBC Project

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Celebrating the Seawomen of the Marinecraft Unit, and the first BOAC Stewardesses at Poole.

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On 17th July 2014 Libbie Escolme-Schmidt travelled down to Poole during her visit to the UK to informally open the new, larger PFBC office at Parkstone Library.

Commodore Ken Sanson greeted our special guest from Australia, before Libbie cut the blue ribbon and caught up with progress on the AYE MA’AM project.

PFBC is encouraging Libbie to publish a new, revised edition of her book ‘Glamour in the Skies’ since we have been working closely together.

This collaboration is proving to be mutually so very beneficial in piecing together the subject matter regarding the history of BOAC Poole’s Flying Boats Stewardesses from 1943 through to the preparations for the ‘Springbok Route’.

A Flying Visit by Libbie

A seawoman and stewardesses at Poole Quay for boarding

A MCU seawoman alongside BOAC stewardesses Peggy Keyte and Helen Wigmore, circa 1943

Seawomen attend giant BOAC Boeing (one of a trio) G-AGCA Berwick from their Launch No 49

‘Glamour in the Skies’ Libbie Escolme-Schmidt at Bournemouth Air Festival: more about Libbie

AYA MA’AM first training session for volunteers: more about our research

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Blue Plaque unveiling at Salterns Marina attended by Olive Carlisle, who features in our film above: more about the Blue Plaque

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AYE MA’AM Public display at Parkstone Library, Poole: see this display

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Flying Boat footage followed by an interview with Olive Carlisle née Marshall

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A group of trainee BOAC seawomen and their trainer, Poole Quay

Flying Boats in Poole Harbour as late as 1957

Olive was the 1st BOAC Stewardess to fly from Poole on the new Solent class flying boats for the Springbok route to South Africa