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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.

1st 1st G-AGEV Sunderland Lisbon Poole
1st 1st G-AGEW Sunderland Lisbon Poole
1st 2nd G-AGHV Sunderland Poole Lisbon
3rd 5th NC41881 VS-44 Botwood Port Lyautey
4th 5th NC18611 Boeing 314 Botwood Botwood
5th 5th G-AGHW Sunderland Poole Poole
6th 6th G-AGCB Boeing 314 Lisbon Poole
6th 8th G-AGCB Boeing 314 Poole Lisbon
6th 6th NC18609 Boeing 314 Botwood Botwood
6th 8th G-AFCI Short S.26 Poole Poole
6th 7th G-AGEW Sunderland Poole Lisbon
7th 7th G-AGEV Sunderland Poole Lisbon
8th 13th G-AFCI Short S.26 Poole Poole
8th 8th NC18611 Boeing 314 Botwood Botwood
9th 10th NC41811 VS-44 Botwood Port Lyautey
10th 10th G-AGCA Boeing 314 Botwood Poole
10th 16th G-AGHW Sunderland Poole Lisbon
11th 13th G-AGCA Boeing 314 Poole Lisbon
12th 13th NC41882 VS-44 Botwood Port Lyautey
12th 13th G-AGHX Sunderland Poole Lisbon
13th 15th G-AFCI Short S.26 Poole Poole
14th 14th G-AGHV Sunderland Lisbon Poole
14th 14th G-AGER Sunderland Lisbon Poole
14th 16th G-AGHZ Sunderland Poole Lisbon
15th 15th NC18612 Boeing 314 Botwood Botwood
15th 17th NC41881 VS-44 Botwood Port Lyautey
15th 18th G-AFCI Short S.26 Poole Poole
16th 16th G-AGEW Sunderland Lisbon Poole
17th 17th G-AGBZ Boeing 314 Poole Lisbon
18th 18th NC18612 Boeing 314 Botwood Botwood
18th 20th G-AFCI Short S.26 Poole Poole
18th 20th G-AGIA Sunderland Poole Lisbon
19th 19th NC41881 VS-44 Port Lyautey Botwood
20th 20th NC18611 Boeing 314 Botwood Botwood
20th 22nd G-AFCI Short S.26 Poole Poole
20th 20th G-AGHV Sunderland Poole Lisbon