A Few Weeks
The day to day operations of Foynes airport, or Shannon airport as it was then known, during the flying boat era of 1939 to 1945.
A typical few weeks activity
We have selected the first three weeks of September 1943, during the busy summer period, and set out an extract from the Harbour Register.
As can be seen, there was at least one movement every day and many aircraft spent one and sometimes two nights at anchor at Foynes. The operation of the shuttle can be seen, with Sunderland G-AGHW arriving on Sunday, 5th September, with passengers for Pan Am’s Boeing 314 NC18611, returning to Poole with passengers arriving off the Clipper.
The level of utilisation is also apparent, with BOAC’s Boeing 314 G-AGCB arriving from Lisbon on the 6th and continuing on to Poole only to arrive back at Foynes the same day from Poole on a shuttle flight.
The Short S.26 G-AFCI was engaged on shuttle flights from and to Poole throughout the period. Monday, 6th September, was the busiest day, with no less than six arrivals and three departures.
The time taken by the West African services is evident from the transits of Sunderland G-AGHV—arriving in Foynes from Poole on 1st September, continuing on to Lisbon the following day, and then on down to Lagos and back, only arriving at Foynes two weeks later inbound from Lisbon on 14th September, continuing on that day back to Poole.