1952 : ENGLAND VISIT
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That visit had started as indicated on the 'Synopsis' below on the 18th April 1952. During His stay on the East Coast at Myrtle Beach, the plan was to drive to the West Coast and visit the new properties dedicated to Him.
Midway through this journey Meher Baba's car was involved in a serious car accident at Prague, Oklahoma, in which Baba suffered a broken limb and other extensive injuries. Other occupants in His car also suffered various injuries.
After a period of hospitalization He was transported by ambulance back to Myrtle Beach where He and the others injured mostly healed their wounds over the following months. In mid-July Meher Baba and His close ones moved to New York City to seek further medical treatment.
On the 30th July, Baba and the women Mandali flew out of Idlewild Airport bound for London via refueling stops at Gander, Newfoundland and Shannon, Ireland. Baba continued his medical treatment, but this also included visits to various locations both outdoor and indoor.
There are another 5 web pages which highlight this trip to the West. These can be found on the left-of-screen in the 1952 part of the index.
* 1952 : Overseas visits
Myrtle Beach, South & North Carolina Trips
- Prague, Oklahoma trip & treatment
* 1952 : European visit
SYNOPSIS OF THE 1952 TRIP
Their destination was New York, USA, arriving on the 20th April at Idlewild Airport.
They then left by train to Florence, South Carolina at midnight, the same day. They arrived at Florence, SC., the next day at 11am ( 21st ), they were then driven to the Meher Spiritual Center at Myrtle Beach, SC, arriving at 3pm.
After a months stay on the Center, Baba and his ones drove off in 2 cars for the West Coast. A few days later on the 24th May, at Prague, Oklahoma, Baba's car was involved in an serious accident with another motor vehicle.
Meher Baba suffered fractures and other serious injuries along with some of his car's occupants.
Following his treatment at the local hospital, he was transported along with the group back to Myrtle Beach to recover and seek expert treatment from nearby medical institutions. During this period he and the female mandali stay at Elizabeth Paterson's home - Youpon Dunes in Myrtle Beach, staying for 5 weeks.
Baba and his entourage of 15 travelled by train back from Florence, SC., to New York City, staying in Scarsdale, NY till the near end of July.
They strayed a week, before flying onto Zurich, Switzerland on the 6th August.
This visit to England will be examined on this webpage, before they continued their journey to Switzerland and India.
PAN AM DOUGLAS DC 6B " The Rainbow "
THE 1952 PAN AM FLIGHT BROCHURE
On the 30th July 1952, Meher Baba accompanied by his women Mandali and Dr. Donkin departed New York City's Idlewild Airport ( later J.F. Kennedy Airport ) at 3pm for London, England via refueling stops at Gander, Canada & Shannon Airport , Ireland.
The aeroplane flying them was a Pan Am Douglas DC-6B 'Clipper Liberty Bell' - Flight 50 and for this specific route it was known as the 'all-tourist class Rainbow' service.
Meher Baba's sister Mani, referred to it as the touristy plane in her book.
Pan Am had only introduced a cut fare service of almost half of the previous fares, only a couple of months earlier.
The following images is the sequence of Meher Baba's plane departing, refueling and stoppage at London.
EARLY 1950S : IDLEWILD AIRPORT, NEW YORK
EARLY 1950S : GANDER AIRPORT, NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA
EARLY 1950S : SHANNON AIRPORT, IRELAND
EARLY 1950S : LONDON AIRPORT, ENGLAND
RUEBEN HOTEL, BUCKINGHAM PALACE ROAD, LONDON
HARRINGAY ARENA & STADIUM
EMPRESS HALL, EARL'S COURT, LONDON
DRURY LANE THEATRE, LONDON
VAUDEVILLE THEATRE, LONDON