Ismailia to Karachi.
Euphrates, Baghdad and Persian Gulf and along the Persian Coast to
|Via Desert Route,
Baghdad and Persian Gulf and along Persian Coast to Karachi
|Via Red Sea and
Gulf of Aden thnece across the Indian Ocean
As far as the route
from Ismailia to Karachi is concerned it is probable that the most Northerly
route will be flown, by way of Alleppo, Baghdad and Basrah. The return
flight will be carried out on more or less similar routes which will be
decided at the time of departure.
Passengers, Officers and Crew:
Lord Thomson, Secretary
of State for Air, Air Vice-Marshal Sir Sefton Brancker, Director of Civil
Aviation and Squadron Leader W. Palstra M.C. of the Royal Australian Air
Force will fly on the airship to and from India. Squadron Leader W.H.L.O'Neill,M.C.,
will travel to Karachi as a representative of the Secretary of State for
India. The following officials from the Royal Airship Works, Cardington
will be on board:-
Wing Commander R.B.B.Colmore, O.B.E., R.A.F. Director of Airship Development
Lieut.CoI.V. C Richmond, Assistant Director of Airship Developnent
Major G.H. Scott,C.B.E,
A.F.C. Assistant Director of Airship Development (Flying).
Squadron Leader F.M.Rope - R.A.F. Technical Assistant to Lt.Col.Richmond
Mr H.J. Leech, A. F. M, Engineer
Major P.Bishop, O.B.E. Chief Inspector Aircraft of the A.I.D. will travel
as far as Egypt. Mr.J.Buck will be in attendance on Lord Thomson throughout
The officers of R.1O1 are:-
Flight Lieutenant H.C.Irwin, A.F.C. R.A.F. Captain
S/Ldr.E.L. Johnston, O.B.E., A.F.C., Navigator ;
Lt.Commander N.G.Atherstone, A.F.C. (R.N Ret.) 1st Officer; and
Flying Officer M.H.Steff, R.A.F., 2nd Officer.
Mr.M.A.Giblett, M.Sc., (Superintendent of the Airship Division, Meteorological
Office ), will act as Meteological Officer
The members of the crew are:-
Chief Coxswain:- G.W. Hunt A.F.M.
Asst.Chief Coxswain:- W.A.Potter.
Asst.Coxswains:- C.H.Mason, L.F. Oughton.
Riggers:- S.Church, H.E.Ford, P.A.Foster, A.W.J.Norcott, W.G.Radcliffe,
M.G.Rampton, A.J.Richardson, E.G.Rudd, C.E.Taylor.
First Engineer:- W.R.Gent, A.F.M.
Chargehand Engineers; -T.A.A. Key, S .E. Scott, G. W. Short.
Engineers: A.V.Bell, J.H.Binks, R.Blake, C.A.Burton, A.J.Cook, C. J .Fergusson,
A.C .Hasting, W.H.King, M.F. Littlekit, W.Moule, V.Savory, G.Watson.