The remarkable history of the Seawomen of the Marinecraft Unit, and the first BOAC Stewardesses at Poole.
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Celebrating the Seawomen of the Marinecraft Unit, and the first BOAC Stewardesses at Poole.
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As BOAC prepared for its postwar commitment to progress towards a new era in civil aviation, plans were proposed to develop a facility approximate to London capable of handling signiﬁcant numbers of aircraft, passengers & cargo. However, there would be stop-
Hurn featured in this transition, and there was initially close liaison with staff at Poole eg Customs & Immigration! Following its development & role with the RAF in 1941, and also the USAF, significantly during Operation Overlord, Hurn in November 1944 was deployed by BOAC as a replacement for BOAC Whitchurch (Bristol), due to the proximity of its Flying Boat Marine Terminal at Poole + maintenance unit at Hythe. Prior to this, a development ﬂight had been set up at Hurn to convert military aircraft for carrying pax, with initiating ﬂights to Egypt, + onwards to Australia (February 1945).
So Hurn was propelled into a prominent position in Civil Aviation during 4 months from January 1946 (when restrictions were lifted) through to May -
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Customs by Taxi ~ BOAC Hurn and integral relationship with Poole
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