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Synopsis of Chapter Four ~ Going Abroad
December 1940 - January 1941


 

While I was awaiting instructions at Skegness, Deirdre managed a 3-day visit - we were still madly in love.

Two days later Todd and I were instructed to go to Liverpool by rail. There we were told to embark on the aircraft carrier Furious which had 40 Hurricanes stowed below its flight deck. We joined a large convoy headed for West Africa. After the convoy had been attacked twice, we diverted to Gibraltar, rejoining the convoy as far as Freetown, Sierra Leone. Then onward under naval escort to Takordi, Ghana, where the Hurricanes flew off in batches of six.

Each batch of six Hurricanes, now with overload petrol tanks, was to be led by a Blenheim across central Africa. We had been allowed brief visits ashore at Gibraltar and Freetown and had been part of colourful naval routines at the former. Then we had a day at Takordi while our aircraft were prepared for our journey across Africa.

Keywords
People
Bing Cross
Deirdre Mumford
Places
Gibraltar
Freetown
Takoradi
Liverpool
Norway
Things

U Boats
Focke-Wolf Condors
Hurricanes
Swordfish
Aircraft carriers

Furious

G
lorious
Courageous
Argos
Formidable
Cruisers
Dunedin
German Hippa Cruiser
German Battleships
Scharnhorst
Gneisenau

Photos

HMS Furious at Gibraltar
Skua landing on HMS Furious, mid Atlantic
Ashore at Freetown in Africa

 

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