The remarkable history of the Seawomen of the Marinecraft Unit, and the first BOAC Stewardesses at Poole.

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Gamma (3) - part one

Tour de Force ~ Women with the Military when based at Poole!

EXCERPT:

Both the Marinecraft’s Women Seamen and first Flying Boat Stewardesses of British Overseas Airways Corporation at Poole, operating from BOAC’s Airways House by Poole Quay, along with its Marine Terminal at Salterns - Lilliput, did so alongside a strong and growing military presence of the RN and RAF in & around Poole Harbour during 1943: For the Royal Navy’s role was gradually shifting from one of patrol + defensive work variously protecting the harbour and approaches via the Swash Channel, to one which included the local build-up of men, materials and armaments.

Therefore, not only was there an expansion of its HQs & base in old Poole, with a range of vessels along the quays, but also a Combined Ops Training establishment set up as HMS Turtle at Lake, Hamworthy together with Round Island, commissioned on 7th October 1942 (with Assault Gunnery Training) and a School at the Shaftesbury Homes, Parkstone. So there would be another influx of Wrens in the area, with their hostels, following on from those serving with the Fleet Air Arm at the RNAS Sandbanks, as HMS Daedalus II … Also, towards the Autumn of 1942 there were more women signed-up by the RAF for its new base at Hamworthy & offices around Poole, as WAAFs serving at RAF Hamworthy.

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Tour de Force ~ Women with the Military when based at Poole!

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