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RAF Sumburgh vs HMS Tern
Suckling flew first to RAF Sumburgh, at the southern tip of Shetland. Here, he topped-up his fuel tanks to gain an additional 30 minutes flying time.
Being a decorous bloke he didn't top up at the closer RNAS TWATT aka HMS Tern opened 1st April 1941 !! Yes really. As in beside Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands.
The Shetland Islands are further north than Orkney. Sumburgh was commonly used for RAF and FAA operations against Norway.
As an aside, officially it is Orkney not the Orkney Islands.
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