Irish Neutrality 1939-45: How Much of It was a Sham?


Malcolm Redfellow

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The origin of Churchill’s reputed reference to the Condor as ‘the scourge of the Atlantic’? I think it comes from page 99 of The Grand Alliance, his 3rd book of his multi volume history of WW2.

“To the U-boat scourge was now added air attack far out in the oceans by long-range aircraft. Of these, the Focke-Wulf 200, known as the Condor, was the most formidable’.

Ref The Grand Alliance
Publication date: 1950. Which, I reckon, confirms my suggestion the description was an afterthought — WSC was ever an 'improver' of the actuality.

Meanwhile, there is this (see Addendum), that RAF had a Condor 'under wraps'.

For those who haven't found it, there's a useful listing of all air crashes and outcomes at http://www.ww2irishaviation.com. The incidents mentioned above seem to appear there (as well as a number of Fw200s).
 

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Publication date: 1950. Which, I reckon, confirms my suggestion the description was an afterthought — WSC was ever an 'improver' of the actuality.

Meanwhile, there is this (see Addendum), that RAF had a Condor 'under wraps'.

For those who haven't found it, there's a useful listing of all air crashes and outcomes at http://www.ww2irishaviation.com. The incidents mentioned above seem to appear there (as well as a number of Fw200s).
Thanks for that.

The P/O Smithson of the RCAF that washed up in Derrygimla, Clifden, was one of the crew of a Wellington bomber, The plane crashed in March, 1944, and Smithson's was the only body found.
 
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