The Paul McIlvaine Collection - WWII Short Snorters - British Guiana
The Short Snorter Project
Series: 1st October 1938 - Serial Number: F/4  66476
With the fighting far away, the period of World War II in British Guiana was marked by continuing political reform and
improvements to the national infrastructure. The reform-minded governor, Sir Gordon Lethem, reduced property
qualifications for office holding and voting, and made elective members a majority on the Legislative Council in 1943.
Under the aegis of the Lend- Lease Act of 1941, a modern air base (now Timehri Airport) was constructed by United
States troops and used during World War II.  By the end of World War II, British Guiana's political system had been
widened to encompass more elements of society and the economy's foundations had been strengthened by increased
demand for bauxite.  Guyana achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1966 and became a republic on 23
February 1970, remaining a member of the Commonwealth.
FRONT SIGNATURES:     Eileen A. Adams                                                                      Ray Hayden
H. Granger,    R F  Linck,    F. C. Henderson,    L. Chiaravalle,    Black V. Sully,    Mary Layz,    Y3C Covar,    L. C. Selhon
Earl ……. (rest in pencil & unintelligible),    A. E.  …... (rest in pencil & unintelligible),    Anne M. Cummings
BACK SIGNATURES:    L.W. … remainder unintelligible,    R. R. Handimer,    H. C. Barrett,    Paul Lieach,    Merick Wimunk
W Mehring,                               "
ATKINSON" (Field...Military Airbase),                               Patricia Dillon
                                  Inscibed "ANTIE MY ANDY REGINAL PHILIP SHORT SNORTERS"
Atkinson Field in British Guiana was a popular refueling site
used on the route to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Usually, the next
stop would be Natal, Brazil, from which the trip across the
Atlantic to West Africa would begin. A British Guiana note would
be added to the snorter and are more common due to this.