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  1. Hi Paul, Thank you very much for your informative and helpful response. I have Soumille's book Volume 1 and could never seem to locate Volume 2. (I have looked high and low for over 10 years!). After a brief round of correspondence with the author ten years ago (in which we discussed the use of Lodestar and Ventura aircraft in Indochina) I lost contact. The photos (both long shots) in Tome one and the beautiful color profile show a very clean plane in natural metal. I found another photo of a ELA.52 plane at Bien Dien Phu, again natural metal with curtains for VIP transport. No ELA.52 squadron markings. If you would provide your email I will gladly forward the photo to you. As for me I am focused on modification to the passenger compartment. A good friend who once flew C-45's tells me that the radio direction finder and other equipment was most likely installed over the main spar at a modified operator station, necessitating removal of the seats, but since there are no blueprints are available it's all speculation. Also I am adding resin exhaust and props, new engines, photoetch interior and P-61 radio components. I have yet to locate a suitable ELA.52 badge, however. I would like to correspond with Mon. Soumille so if you have his address and/or email, I would appreciate it if you would share it with me offline. My email is: 34Drive"at"gmail.com Thank you again Paul for your help and very interested in your project.
  2. Sir, this is a big help. May be only one sentence but may be references. I have ordered it and several others. Merci beaucoup!
  3. Thank you sir! I have the first tome but cannot find the second. As you mentioned if anyone has the book I would appreciate a glimpse of the profiles and/or photos. Merci beaucoup! If you happen to recall where you read about the radio direction finders I would also appreciate that source. Thank you very much!
  4. Greetings! I read in a periodical that the French used at least one C-45 Expeditor as an electronic surveillance platform aircraft in Indochina during the hostilities 1945-1954. Can anyone shed some light on this claim? Unfortunately I have been unable to confirm this or uncover photos. With its ability to loiter, camera-carrying features on F-2 and manuerabiltiy the Expeditor would be a good candidate for such a mission. Thank you in advance for any leads or references.
  5. Question about possible foliage green PV-1: pic inside

    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C201734?search I found yet another photo showing A59-82? on the AWM website. It appears to be in foliage green. Website says it was overhauled and Lodestar seats were installed. Could it be that more than one PV-1 was painted foliage green? Not clear what the number is....also A59-4 may also be a green Squadron 13 Ventura. Thanks for any comments. https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C201734?search
  6. Question about possible foliage green PV-1: pic inside

    Thank you again for this splendid information.
  7. I was wondering if any of the RAAF experts would care to comment on the color of this 13th Squadron PV-1 Ventura? It appears to be foliage green of possibly overall olive drab. Any suggestions appreciated. (Somewhere I recall Ian Baker's suggestion that it was foliage green after an overhaul, but cannot lay my hands on the ancient email). Best wishes.
  8. Can anyone identify this PV-1 Ventura in Shanghai, China 1945?

    I will run both numbers. Thank you very much.
  9. Can anyone identify this PV-1 Ventura in Shanghai, China 1945?

    Thank you sir. I have the book "Lockheed Twins" which lists the serials and disposition. Should be a start. I appreciate the response.
  10. Can anyone identify this PV-1 Ventura in Shanghai, China 1945?

    One more note, Shanghai was the headquarters of Naval Operations in China 1945-1949 and also headquarters of Air Technical Intellegence. As Corsair said, maybe someone in intelligence wanted to get in and out of Shanghai without a lot of fanfare.
  11. Can anyone identify this PV-1 Ventura in Shanghai, China 1945?

    Thank you very much gentlemen! It may well remain a mystery. VPB-142 had PV-1's until January 1945. They were switched out in Alameda, California. I wonder where Mr. Ginter got his information...
  12. This PV-1 Ventura was photographed in Shanghai China in 1945. I am not sure of the unit number or serial. Any information about this mystery craft appreciated. Please note the unusual application of glossy sea blue paint on the PV-1. Many thanks.
  13. Question: does anyone make generic rounded postwar black and/or gray serials suitable for a 1/48 Mosquito? Thank you very much for any suggestions.
  14. RAF Squadron 13 Postwar Mosquito PR.34 color scheme question

    Thanks Antti! I appreciate the information and have downloaded the photo(s). Just wondering why the B roundels in 1950? Best wishes and thank you again.
  15. I am researching Squadron 13 operations along the southern border of the Soviet Union and request help in identifying the color scheme adopted in the 1948-1949 period. Most sources show high speed silver while others show PRU blue. Many thanks for references. Link below to a mosquito in PRU blue http://www.spyflight.co.uk/iafvraf.htm