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Headed For England
Page 3 of manifest for American Export Airlines Flight 14-18 (aircraft NC99903) which departed Bedford, Massachusetts on December 18, 1945 bound for Hern, England.

The airfield at Hern was then more properly labeled as RAF Hern was located 3.5 NM (6.5 km; 4.0 mi) north-northeast of Bournemouth, in southern England.  It underwent relabeling over the years as Bournemouth Airport and Bournemouth International Airport.  It is used today by a variety of carriers serving eastern Europe, Spain and North Africa.

American Export Airlines became American Overseas Airways and later was acquired by Pan American Airlines 

NC90903 built as a C-54E for the USAAF (#44-9110). Bought by AOA in 1945 and named "Flagship Oslo". Seen being loaded at Stockholm - Bromma.  Sold to Olympic as SX-DAC in September 1950 it was later flown by National Greek Airlines as well as Olympic Airways

Veteran Travels To England For Consent To Wed
   Nottingham, England, Dec 20 (AP) --- Major objectives fell quickly today to Dominick Casciari, 22-year-old former paratrooper from New Canaan, Conn., whose first postwar mission was to fly to England from the states with "purpose matrimony" on his passport.
   Soon after landing Dominick won the consent of Ferdinand Blankly, a public works employee, to marry Blankley's pretty, dark-haired daughter, Rita, 17.  And Rita was wearing the diamond engagement ring that Dominick brought with him.
   "Come all that way, I can't very well send him away empty-handed, can I?" said Blankley, who had told the paratrooper to "come and see me after the war" when Dominick asked for Rita's hand in 1944.
   Rita's mother, Florence Blankley, cooked "Dom's favorite fruit --- onions ---- for lunch.
   The wedding was set for "some time after Christmas" in a Catholic church.
Veteran Flies Across Ocean
To Claim Girl, 18, as Bride
By United Press
   NOTTINGHAM, England, Dec. 20. --- Papa Blankley will say "yes" this time when Dominick Casciari, 22, former U.S. paratrooper, asks to marry his pretty brunette daughter, Rita Blankley.
   Casciari proposed to Rita two years ago while he was convalescing at a hospital in Nottingham.  Her father told him that Rita, then only 16, was too young and said come back after the war."
   "I never thought he would be back," Blankley said today when informed that Casciari, recently discharged from the army, was en route by plane from his home in New Canaan, Conn. to claim his bride.
   "He used to call at our house often and I thought he was a very fine type of man.  Sure I'll say 'yes' if they still love each other.".
   Rita settled that point quickly.  I certainly do still love him," she said.
   He was sent back to the United States and discharged last month.
Nervous Yank Weds Girl He Left Behind; Bride Is Composed

  Nottingham, England --- (AP) --- Dominick Casciari, 22, former parachute trooper who made a private air borne invasion of Nottingham last month to keep his promise "to come back after the war," Saturday married Miss Rita Blankley.  She is the girl he left behind.
   The veteran from New Canaan, Conn., shook noticeably in the ceremony at the altar in the Catholic chapel of Nottingham.  He admitted he was "very nervous."
          "Let's Get Cracking"
   Her father, who refused to consent to he wedding when Casciari was stationed in England, grinned and said: "Come on.  let's get cracking and get this over with."
   Casciari flew here from the United states a month after his discharge from the Army, bearing a wedding ring and two air line tickets for home.
   The couple will spend a few days in London and will leave for the United States as soon as Rita can get her passport.
   The bride, who describes herself as "almost 18", and that in addition to her clothing and wedding present including "a lot of Nottingham lace," she would take wither her as a remembrance of home two small porcelain dogs "I've had since I was a child."
        Answers GI Brides
   Rita has had dozens of letters, she says, from GI brides and soldiers both in England and the United States asking how they can get together as Rita and "Dom" did.
   "I answered them all out of courtesy, but I couldn't tell them anything," she said.  "Dom just came, that's all."
   The little chapel was packed with spectators and several hundred others stood outside its doors and circled the bride's home to glimpse her and the "Connecticut Yankee" bridegroom.

Man Who Came Back
Gets Married
Dominic Casciari of New Canaan, Conn., former U.S. Paratrooper, who promised to "come back after the war," to Nottingham, England, to marry Rita Blankley, leaves Our Lady of Perpetual Succor church in Nottingham with his bride.  Picture received in New York by radio from London.

Winging West
NC-90906 carried the newlyweds home departing Hern on February 1, 1946 and arriving in New Bedford the following day.
   Dominick probably never realized, nor cared, that he made the return flight in the sister ship, to the one that had carried him to England.
   The Douglas Model DC-4 was delivered to the USAAF on April 4, 1945 as a C-54E-5-DO Skymaster, #44-9084. Declared surplus, it was transferred to the Reconstruction Finance Corp in 1945 and sold to AOA (American Overseas Airlines) of New York, New York, registered NC90906 and named Flagship 'City of Copenhagen' and later 'City of Chicago'. AOA was purchased by Pan American World Airways on September 25, 1950, was painted in Pan Am livery and renamed 'Clipper Dusseldorf', later 'Clipper Munich', 'Clipper Golden Gate', 'Clipper Mermaid' and once again 'Clipper Dusseldorf'.
   In 1951, it was leased to APA (Aerobics Panama Airways) of Panama until October while registered HP-297 when it returned to Pan Am as N90906. It was withdrawn from service and placed in storage in Miami, Florida until sold to the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands to provide transportation services within Micronesia. It was withdrawn from service and stored in 1966, was de-registered from FAA records on August 23, 1968 and subsequently scrapped.

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