Details of the Hurricanes
leaving the Furious to fly to the airfield at Takoradi. Briefing
for our section for their flight. Details of kit worn for the flight
and flying procedures. First leg of the flight from Takoradi to
Lagos in Nigeria, some 400 miles, along the line where the forest
met the sea. Drinks at the Ikoi Club before our night at the tatty
Grand Hotel. Early start next day somewhat frustrated. Then over
endless forest until it transferred into the Sahara at our Kano
airfield night stop.
Witnessed local tribal tributes to their Emir. Absence of cars,
instead donkeys, camels and horses, plus ostriches, pelicans and
vultures. Comfortable night in Government guest house, having flown
600 miles. Next day, 300 miles over scrub desert to Maiduguri, then
another 700 miles to El Geneina, of which 600 miles was over hostile
Vichy-French Equatorial Africa, mainly over swamps of Lake Chad.
Conditions primitive at various airfields. Next day, 200 miles to
El Fasher, then 700 miles over extinct volcanoes and 10,000 ft mountains,
before more desert and Khartoum. My windscreen obscured by an oil
leak, but no repair facilities. Worse next day on 700 miles to Wadi
Haifa, coupled with an unhappy engine.
Lovely hotel night stop on banks of Nile, and late start next day
while my plane was repaired. We then follwed the Nile on the 700
miles to our destination in Egypt at Ismailia over famous antiquities
sites and pyramids. Having delivered the planes, they were taken
from us and we became a Pilots Pool, awaiting posting to squadrons
~ a pleasant lazy life with little work and sailing and swimming..
of the Hausa Tribes
French Equatorial Africa
tributes to Emir
Shell petroleum representative
Wadi Halfa, Sudan
Feluccas on Sweet Water Canal
Joe Irwin and I on Lake Timsah
My identity card photo
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