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Just a spotter
21st Feb 2020, 10:49
21 February 1941 the first flight took place over the 'Donegal Corridor,' a strip of land in the Irish state used by Royal Air Force planes during the Second World War.

https://twitter.com/ThisDayIrish/status/1230764092803051521

More, here:

https://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/the-donegal-corridor-and-the-battle-of-the-atlantic/

JAS

Asturias56
22nd Feb 2020, 08:41
TBH not much they could have done to stop them....................

piesupper
25th Feb 2020, 13:08
TBH not much they could have done to stop them....................
The old colonial mentality still at work I see.....
Plenty could have been done to stop them.

Una Due Tfc
25th Feb 2020, 14:00
TBH not much they could have done to stop them....................

The Aer Corps had Spitfires and Hurricanes too, but a far more likely way to stop them was cease exporting beef etc to Britain, on which they were heavily reliant, stop allowing Foynes transits etc.

Asturias56
25th Feb 2020, 18:04
Its not a "colonial mentality " - its a fact that Ireland stayed out of the war didn't interfere too much with Allied operations - partly because the Irish public(if not the politicians) sympathised with the Allied cause and partly because they had no effective military resources eg the Air arm ;-

"Requests for more aircraft from Britain resulted in 13 obsolete Hawker Hector (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Hector) biplane light bombers, supplied during 1941. Twelve Hawker Hurricane (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Hurricane) Mk. Is were initially ordered for the Irish Army Air Corps in 1940 but were not delivered due to a wartime embargo imposed by the British Government. Eleven Hurricane Mk. Is were eventually delivered to the Air Corps, from surplus R.A.F. stocks, between July 1943 and March 1944, and the Hurricane Mk. I (no.93), that crash-landed in Co. Wexford in 1940, was the twelfth aircraft. These were supplemented by 6 Hawker Hurricane Mk. IIcs that were delivered to the Irish Army Air Corps in March 1945, to eventually replace the Hurricane Mk. Is of No. 1 Fighter Squadron. Supplied from surplus R.A.F. stocks, the Hurricane Mk. IIcs were the last batch of aircraft to be delivered to the Air Corps before the end of World War II."

Union Jack
25th Feb 2020, 18:28
Plenty more here for those who are interested https://www.pprune.org/search.php?searchid=9597714

Jack