Home movies. Embarrassing, eh? Well, not always. Here is one from the camera of James Rudd Ratcliffe, my wife’s maternal grandfather. Taken at Croydon around 1936 it includes footage of a number of airliners of the time includingÂ G-ACJK Imperial Airways Short L17 Syrinx,Â G-AAXC Imperial Airways Handley Page HP42 “Heracles”,Â HB-ISI Swiss Airlines Douglas DC2,Â F-AMHL Air France Wibault 280,Â G-AEPW De Havilland DH89A Rapide and what I am fairly sure is a JunkersÂ JU52-3M, presumably Deutsche Luft Hansa.
Well, I thought it was rather interesting anyway and I hope you will too.
Update: the second aircraft seen is either OO-AGU, OO-AGV or OO-AGW, all Junkers JU53/3mge seemingly supplied to S.A.B.E.N.A. around 1936. One is preserved in Brussels aircraft museum, another was apparently lost in a crash in the Belgian Congo in 1944. Factory records are apparently confusing, listing at least three frame numbers for AGU. AGU went to the Potuguese air force in 1937, so this film is probably 1936 or 1937.
I am told by James Ratcliffe’s nephew that the final aircraft is indeed a Ju52-3m of Deutsche Luft Hansa, and on board was Joachim von Ribbentrop.