A ‘gold racket’ my father casually mentions in his diary wasn’t the only surprise on the Takoradi Route along which he was a ferry pilot, moving planes between West and North Africa 1941-42.
Leo the Lion was also a surprise awaiting first time visitors to the remote airfield of El Fasher in Sudan. My father also faced a court martial -as an escort helping two friends out who found themselves in trouble.
Episode photo: Leo the Lion by a Bristol Blenheim at El Fasher (Source Pan Am Historical Foundation)
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Diary entries read by granddaughter Claire.
Additional voices: Chris Proffitt, Geoff Paddock.