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The Arena for Study & Research

of Poole Flying Boats Celebration (UK Charity No.1123274) in spotlighting the Era of Flying Boats (Civil & Military) and Seaplanes associated with Poole

The arena of research and the subjects encompassed within this, are both significant & extensive for PFBC: These are not only largely representative of the whole field of the History of Flying Boats & also Seaplanes, but form an impressive matrix of interrelated topics essentially focused on Poole that extend ways beyond!
The focus variously encompasses the following as already recognised and researched in a chronological order, but not exclusively: ~
C 1.0   The early Hydroplanes aka Waterplanes which featured locally, and in Dorset
C 1.1   Seaplanes and Airships of the Royal Navy Air Service locally in the Great War
C 1.2   The role of Hill - Richards (Admiralty) Shipyard at Lake, for Seaplane Lighters
C 1.3   A Royal Air Force Training Detachment at North Haven, Sandbanks in 1918/19
C 1.4   Flying Boats and Seaplanes which competed for the Schneider Trophy in 1919 held at Bournemouth, and with links to Poole
C 1.5   The inter-war period with the occasional visiting Seaplane, or those brought in
C 1.6   The period immediate to the WW2 with plans progressed, and trialling of Poole
C 1.7   The relocation of Imperial Airways Ltd. Fleet from Southampton Water to Poole
C 1.8   The Maia - Mercury Story with a conclusion as separate aircraft when at Poole
C 1.9   The Transatlantic Crossings by British Flying Boats, Pan Am Clippers & others, inc. the return flight of Bermuda Sky Queen, from Poole in 1947
C 2.0   The subsuming of Imperial Airways at Poole by British Overseas Airways Corp
C 2.1   Purchase + Lend-lease of US manufactured Flying Boats & Seaplanes at Poole
C 2.2   Detachment of BOAC Flying Boats from Poole to Durban for Horseshoe Route; Shuttle Services to Foynes, also BOAC’s Poole Training School
C 2.3   Delivery of former BOAC Poole Catalinas for Double Sunrise Route (QEA Perth)
C 2.4   Conjoint Ops of BOAC & RAF Transport Command at Poole’s Marine Terminal
C 2.5   Fleet Air Arm’s 765 at Royal Naval Air Station, Sandbanks as HMS Daedalus II for Seaplane Training 1940-43
C 2.6   Founding of RAF Hamworthy for the Military Flying Boats of Coastal Command viz Sunderlands of RAAF 461 Squadron + Catalinas on RAF 210
C 2.7   Intrinsic links between RAF Hamworthy with RAF Mount Batten & RAF Calshot also RAF Pembroke Dock, Oban, Stranraer & Castle Archdale etc.
C 2.8   The various Marine Craft Units of IAL / BOAC, the Ministry of Aviation (MCA) RAF and Fleet Air Arm, also the US Coastguard Rescue Flotilla
C 2.9   The families in Poole where members were based with IAL, BOAC, RAF & FAA as well as those with the MCUs (- including BOAC’s Seawomen); also those once based here, who opted to make Poole their home
C 3.0   Air Sea Rescue; Operation Overlord; + repatriation of former Prisoners of War
C 3.1   Postwar Services of BOAC, interfacing with Hythe Maintenance + BOAC Hurn
C 3.2   The significance of testing at Poole, on the Development & Manufacture of FBs
C 3.3   Flying Boat Routes and Connections from Poole, in the immediate Postwar Era
C 3.4   Transfer to Southampton; inauguration of Springbok Route after trials at Poole
C 3.5   The Storage for Sale or Dismantling of Flying Boats at former RAF Hamworthy
C 3.6   The influence of Poole Flying Boats, and other connections upon Aquila Airways
C 3.7   Final visit 1976 by Sandringham Flying Boat - Southern Cross to Poole Harbour now restored & exhibited as Beachcomber at Solent Aeronautica
C 3.8   Other exhibits, esp. MoTaT Auckland where there is a former Poole Flying Boat
C 3.9   Formation of Poole Flying Boats Celebration as a Charity, and Friends of PFBC + also with support for the Bournemouth Air Festival (from 2008)
As itemised, collated & categorised in PFBC’s Archive, and the Friends’ Library Collection