Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Takoradi, in early 1941
Most aircraft destined for the Middle East were sent by the route to Takoradi, in west Africa (now Ghana). Almost all fighters and light bombers were sent to Takoradi, where they were assembled and then flown on to Egypt. That was not without difficulties. In February 1941, there were 150 aircraft at Takoradi that were not yet erected or were not flyable for some reason. Many were new Curtis Tomahawks, most of which had arrived without their equipment. By March, there were 180 in that state. Part of the issue is that with the staff they had, they were hardly able to process 100 aircraft in a month. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.