A view of the Imperial Airways Africa service from the ground
I feel sure that your father and my grandfather will have known each other. My grandfather George ‘Jock’ Halliday was sent from his base in Alexandria to help with the re-floating of Corsair and was in Faradge for 10 months doing so. These images show what a mammoth task it was. He was later stationed at Durban, where my father went to school, having been born to my Scottish grandparents in Cairo in 1939
It’s highly likely they crossed paths, but may not have actually met. Geoffrey went through Cairo and Alex several times, but may not have been stationed there when Jock was there. If you check out the list of postings on the website, you could see if they overlapped at all.
Geoffrey didnt have anything more to do with Corsair after rescuing the passengers and the mail, indeed, the regional manager took all the credit for that in the official report. The reason (partly) was that Geoffrey, being stationed at Juba, was out of his own area when making the rescue, even though he was closest. The regional manager cut him out as soon as he could.
Did Geoffrey make more of his involvement in Corsair than he had? I don’t think so, because of the incident of the women’s knickers. My dad would never have made up something like that!
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