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      Ongoing DDoS Attack causing Forum Slowness   26/04/17

      In case you have missed the announcement, the reason that the forum has been slow at times since the minor version update the other day is due to a Denial of Service attack, brute force attack on our email, and judging by the lag with our FTP response, that too.  If you're feeling like you're experiencing a glitch in the Matrix, you're not wrong.  This is the same MO as the attack in September 2016 that occurred when we transitioned to the new version 4 of the software.  We're currently working with US and UK cyber-crime departments, who specialise in this sort of thing, and we're hopeful that we'll be able to track them down this time by using the accumulated evidence already held.    We are pretty certain that it's a continuation of the same attack last year, only at a reduced intensity to deter people from using the site "because it's terribly slow", rather than taking it down completely, and we're also sure of the motivations of those responsible.  Spite.   Please bear with us in the interim, and wish us luck in dealing with these.... "people".

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  1. When you read McKenzie's combat report, the engagement with Meyer along with Squadron Leader Hogan, and the deliberate ramming of the 109 are two different incidents. The ramming itself took place between 70 and 100 feet above the sea, and the 109 span in, and floated for a while. McKenzie was then attacked, and hit by other 109's heading back across the Channel. He had to perform evasive manoeuvres at around 30 feet off the sea to get away; but the Hurricane had been hit in the engine and cockpit, causing him to force land. The Luftwaffe lost eight Bf 109's that day - five crashing on land. The Bf109 of Ltn. Meyer claimed by Hogan and McKenzie as mentioned earlier; plus two more came down in the sea, those being one from 9/JG27 that is listed as ditched and the pilot rescued by Seenotdienst, and the Bf 109 of Uffz. Heinrich Bley from 4/LG2 who was taken PoW with slight injuries. For reference, Bley's Bf 109 was coded +A with WrNr, 5391. Regards Andy
  2. If you want some decent images of a Parasuit, message me your email address and I will send you a couple. Regards Andy
  3. Well, if you have liked them so far, then the next volumes will keep everyone happy. There's a lot of unpublished material and photographs to be included. Andy.
  4. Just to announce that I am currently working on the developmental, political and operational history of the Boulton Paul Defiant, for release ( all being well ) late summer 2018. The book is being published by Frontline/Pen & Sword, and will be about 80,000 words in length with 100+ images. But that's a ball park figure as I have been given free reign to make this book as large as possible. Hand over date to the publisher is 1st December 2017. There will be a complete list of claims made by Defiant crews, and a roll of honour listing the 200+ aircrew lost on type; the latter will where possible, have an image of each airman. Other areas covered will include a section on aviation archaeology, and modelling the Defiant. If anyone wants more information, please drop me a line, and thanks for looking. Regards Andy
  5. Nice build. And to answer the raised question... The following Defiants were on strength with 85 Squadron : N1803; N1805; N3327; N3328; N3374; N3389; N3433; N3434; N3436. HTH, Andy.
  6. Having got this kit in my hands, I broke it out of the box to check on those undercarriage doors, and I can say although the bulges are there, they are subtle and nowhere near as pronounced as those shown on the original post. I certainly won't feel the need to get a sanding stick on them; I'll just leave as is.
  7. If you want a list of all the flights undertaken by N1627, I can sort that out for you as I have the entire 264 Squadron Operational Records Book. This Defiant went to 264 in August 1940, and was the 157th production airframe. I also have a list of all Defiant related material held by the RAFM Hendon, so I can cross reference aircrew with any surviving log books for you. I will be making an extended trip there next year as I am currently writing the political, developmental, and operational history of the Defiant for Frontline/ Pen & Sword, so I will be in a position to have a look for you. Andy
  8. The difference between the two is one is referred to as a record of events, the other a summary of events. However, 264 Squadron did not list individual aircraft letters, just the serial numbers .
  9. Hhhalifaxxx If you want close up photos of the various wing placements, please message me your email. Regards, Andy
  10. Hope this helps. Andy
  11. Here's my 1/48 Airfix Defiant, built as N1553 of the Fighter Interception Unit, Ford. This Defiant was used in the development of Mk VI radar during 1941. There's some slight modifications of the in box parts, mainly trimming down the transmitter aerial on the starboard win, and making new ones on the port wing. These were made from 1mm diameter rod, squashed flat in a pair of pliers, as those, plus the ones on the azimuth aerials mounted on the fuselage were blade like, as opposed to round. It's finished in Tamiya acrylics with a home brew mix of XF1 flat black and XF50 blue. Light weathering done with silver pencil and pastels. Thanks for looking.
  12. Reference the six stack exhausts fitted to the Defiant, I too cannot understand why they were not more widely fitted. They were referred to as 'Blue Note' exhausts, based on the those fitted to the Bf 109 and added around 20 mph to the top speed of the Defiant. The first sets were apparently issued to 141 Squadron at Gravesend. As to use by Hurricane units, I know there were several airframes with them fitted on the strength of 79 Squadron at Pembury when they were engaged in the night defence of South Wales.
  13. The ejection seat test bed was a Mk II, serial DR944 and performed five ejections in 1945 before Meteors were used.
  14. For reference - the G/A drawings from 26th October 1940 for the aerial set ups.