Wednesday, 2 March 2011

BOAC begin flying from RAF Leuchars - On this day in Scottish Military History – 1941

70 years ago today a clandestine operation started from the Fife aerodrome of RAF Leuchars.

Swedish ball bearings were a valuable commodity for the war effort but since the Germans had occupied Denmark and Norway the supply had been cut-off .

A fleet of Lockheed Hudsons was assembled at Leuchars to fly under BAOC registration to an airfield outside Stockholm to collect them under the noses of the Germans.

Their first flight was on the night of 2nd March 1941.

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