Hurn has long been known as Bournemouth Aerodrome but once it was a village store on a crossroads with a fine Manor House, all shrouded in spring by the rhododendron forest. The manor being home to the Earls of Malmesbury. During the last war, Hurn Court became the HQ of the Hampshire Red Cross, of which Dorothy, The Lady Malmesbury, was President. In the fine library, trestle tables jostled with antiques to form an office beneath the magnificent chandelier. The house has since become a school.

The current Bournemouth International Airport was built during the Second World War, as RAF Hurn. The Airport was opened in 1941 and was used for paratroop training and as a glider base before the North African Landings in 1943. Prior to D Day, it was the base of 570 Squadron, who landed agents and drop supplies to the French Resistance. The hardened runways of the airfield saw extensive use by the United States Army Air Force in the preparations for D- Day and the subsequent Battle of Normandy. It was the home base of 84 Group, nine squadrons of Typhoons, who flew daily to France and mounted their attacks from improvised front-line airstrips.

From November 1944 until the opening of London's Heathrow in January 1946, it took over from Lyneham, Wiltshire, as the main land-plane base for the gradual restoration of British Overseas Airways Corporation's international services. It was the starting point of the first England-Australia service, which took three days in modified Lancaster bombers. On 16th September 1945 an ex-military C-54 Skymaster of Pan American Airways landed at Hurn from La Guardia, New York, after a 17-hour proving flight via Gander in Newfoundland.

Today Hurn is a regional airport, flying scheduled services to the Channel Islands, France and British cities, together with a flourishing holiday charter trade. Current offerings include occasional transatlantic crossings, such as Palmair to Orlando, and the return of vintage wartime Dakotas - the principal American and Allied transports of the conflict and post-war world - for nostalgia trips with South Coast Airways. These include half-hour local pleasure flights and longer cross-Channel excursions over the Normandy beaches and battlefields.

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