Constant Penn's colour photos
Constant 'Penn' Wilson, along with many other ATA pilots, subsequently served with RAF Ferry Command.
Penn was in 113 Sqn - RAF Ferry Command's Southern Atlantic Wing - for the remainder of WW2.
A mixture of military and civilian pilots from various Allied nations ferried aircraft from Montreal to Britain, via Nassau (The Bahamas), Natal (Brazil), Accra (Gold Coast, now Ghana), Maiduguri (Nigeria), Cairo (Egypt), and Rabat (Morocco).
Here are some of the photographs Penn took at the time, sent to me by his grand-daughter, Penny Forester.
Most background information comes from 'Ocean Bridge', by Carl A Christie.
Nassau, The Bahamas (Headquarters of the South Atlantic Wing)
Aircrew who flew for Ferry Command were the first to admit that most of their experiences lacked the hardships and dangers that other airmen had to endure during the war; some ferry Command personnel wrote back to the northern hemisphere complaining of 'boredom and sunburn'.
Natal was the jumping-off point for the 1900-mile flight across the South Atlantic to West Africa.
Jack Groover Durham, another ex-ATA pilot, went missing in April 1943 in a flight from Natal.
Accra, Gold Coast
Accra was the main western terminus of the trans-Africa airway for multi-engine aircraft. A round trip from Miami to Accra took about seventy-five hours in a Liberator.
Paul Bleecker Makepeace, an ex-ATA pilot, was lost out of Accra on a fllight to Natal in January 1943.
Gate at RAF Camp
Maiduguri was an RAF Station in WWII. There are 7 Commonwealth War Graves there from that time.
After the difficult flight to Khartoum, the 1,000 mile flight to Cairo was the easiest; pilots followed the green valley of the Nile River until a distant view of the Pyramids heralded the end of the long journey.
Rabat Salé, Morocco
Head Porter Curtis
Penn also apparently managed a visit to Allahabad, India: