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HOME FORCES - Fortress Lands End, RAF took it away

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Harry Trebath
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St. Just, Cornwall
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21 October 2005

This story has been added by CSV volunteer Linda Clark on behalf of the author Harry Trembath. His story was given to the Trebah WW2 Video Archive, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2004. The Trebah Garden Trust understand the site's terms and conditions.

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In 1943 an American Fortress, short of fuel and returning from a submarine bombing mission in Brest, landed at Calynick. My uncle went to see it but I wasn't allowed to be off school in order to see it. I remember reading somewhere that the Americans landed it but they wouldn't take it off as the runway was so small. The runway runs down a valley and then out over the sea. The RAF came and took off all the guns and ammunition and flew it back to St. Eval. Eventually it was returned to Chelmsford on the other side of London. According to a 1998 Air Force book it's nickname was Old Puffin which wasn't very appropriate. I never did see it but it survived the war and was returned to the States where it was eventually scrapped.

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