CLARE and CLYDE'S NewYork Flights 1940

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CLARE and CLYDE'S NewYork Flights 1940

Postby longshot » Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:14 am

I recently purchased a copy of PICTURE POST featuring TRANSATLANTIC, an article written by MacDonald Hastings combining the camouflaged Empire boat Transatlantic flights and the early Poole-Lisbon flights
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The shot of 'CLARE' over Manhattan is of course faked, probably from the 1937 photos of CALEDONIA over Manhattan.

As far as I can tell the fabulous Dmitri Kessel LIFE photos never got printed in LIFE magazine
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Re: CLARE and CLYDE'S NewYork Flights 1940

Postby Philthy » Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:05 am

What a beauty! Lots of interesting stuff there. I especially liked the bloke touching up the camouflage by brush. Also the stanchions and rope mounted on the upper wing - never seen that before.
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Re: CLARE and CLYDE'S NewYork Flights 1940

Postby longshot » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:26 pm

The photo of CLARE over the skyscrapers is , I think, faked from one taken on the photoshoot flight of CALEDONIA over Manhattan in 1937 http://images.google.com/hosted/life/94 ... 7afd5.html
LIFE's Dmitri Kessel got CLARE at La Guardia in colour on one of these trips, but they didn't apparently get printed in LIFE magazine (or in Picture Post) which is why I fell off my computer stool when I saw the photos in the Google LIFE archive :-). My theory is CLARE was renamed from AUSTRALIA to appeal to Clare Boothe-Luce who was married to the owner of Time-Life. It took Harold Balfour over on the trip where he purchased the 3 Boeing 314s for BOAC and came back with 'Wild Bill' Donovan.
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Re: CLARE and CLYDE'S NewYork Flights 1940

Postby Flyer » Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:37 pm

Nice Article! Thanks longshot!
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Re: CLARE and CLYDE'S NewYork Flights 1940

Postby longshot » Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:47 pm

The press had been alerted about CLARE'S imminent arrival at La Guardia and it was photographed over the new Marine terminal. It's possible to read 'FCZ off the port wing and the rudder nationality stripes. too.
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And courtesy of the newly digitised Aviation Week archive this shot appeared in the September edition 1940
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'Wild Bill' William Donovan whom later formed the OSS was also photographed arriving on CLARE
http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo ... -j-donovan

Flight magazine wrote up the CLARE/CLYDE flights during the Battle of Britain
https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive ... %20guardia
https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive ... 02309.html

... and back home
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Re: CLARE and CLYDE'S NewYork Flights 1940

Postby seawings » Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:06 pm

....and this Gentlemen, and Bumble, is exactly why I started this forum...!

What a cracking post and thank you so very much for sharing it with us all. :D
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Re: CLARE and CLYDE'S NewYork Flights 1940

Postby longshot » Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:33 am

I bought the b&w press photo with the yellowing caption on the back recently from the USA.
I tried to persuade the current online TIME website to feature the La Guardia Marine Terminal and CLARE'S 1940 visits on their web-page as LIFE-TIME (formerly TIME-LIFE!) own the stunning colour photos which never got published in their paper magazines ( nor did their colour photos of the camouflaged Pan Am Boeing 314s,and a Coronado and Sikorsky S-43 in the waters off La Guardia a bit later).
It would have been a timely piece for the 75th anniversary of CLARE'S trips, the LGA Marine Terminal and the Battle of Britain but I got no response from them.
So SEAWINGS is as good as you get!
A couple more from the Dmitri Kessel/LIFE La Guardia set

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Re: CLARE and CLYDE'S NewYork Flights 1940

Postby longshot » Sat Dec 05, 2015 9:11 pm

US aircraft moved to new thread on La Guardia Marine Terminal
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Re: CLARE and CLYDE'S NewYork Flights 1940

Postby dogsbody » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:25 pm

Nice pictures. Thanks.


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Re: CLARE and CLYDE'S NewYork Flights 1940

Postby longshot » Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:57 am

I just added another 'new' shot in the above thread of Clare arriving at La Guardia from the newly digitized Aviation Week online archive (free for 2016)
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